Cape Lookout in a Yurt

Travel and Other Adventures

Saturday morning I get an email from my husband: “Cape lookout has campsites available for Sunday. We can get a regular campsite or we can get a yurt. They have one yurt available.” Me: “Let’s take the yurt!”

It’s been years since we’ve been to Cape Lookout on the Oregon Coast. In fact, the last time we’d camped here was when we lived in Spokane, about  8 years ago. When we were here last I remember thinking it was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever been.

I have to say, it was just as pretty as I’d remembered. And this was the first time I’d ever stayed in a yurt. It was surprisingly awesome! I kind of didn’t even feel like I was camping. There was even electricity! The crazy thing is that I didn’t bother brining a plug to charge my phone because, why would I do that if I am going camping? where am I going to plug my phone in? But our yurt had an electrical outlet. So. My phone was dead for a day with a perfectly good outlet sitting there mocking me. Oh well. It was nice to be unplugged for a bit.

Here are some photos.

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Track day

Health and Fitness

Today my plan simply told me to do a Time Trial for 1 mile, and that’s it. A Time Trial, also known as the Magic Mile, is a way to measure your progress as you train. You are supposed to go to a track and run the mile as fast as you feel like you can. So that’s whatI did. In the blazing mid-day sun.

Since running one mile on my long running day is just completely ridiculous I decided to add my usual 4 mile trail run. I ended up running a bit further than I probably should’ve. Oh well.

My time for the mile has improved though! This makes my competitive, track running 15 year old in me proud.

Today’s power song was “Higher Ground” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Inspiration

Books

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Still working my way through “Her Husband.” Really enjoying this read. I have checked out the Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath and am reading them as Middlebrook references them.

In the book I’m at the end of Plath’s life, which is really sad. But this is also when she wrote her groundbreaking poems from Ariel: Daddy and the poem from which the book got it’s title.  I have a greater appreciation of her work after reading this book.

I’d like to read the Restored  Edition of Ariel to get a feel for how she actually wanted the book to be published, as opposed to how Ted Hughes thought it should be published.

I am also really enjoying reading Birthday Letters along side this book, as well. I didn’t mention this last week, but Birthday Letters is a collection of poetry Hughes wrote about Plath in the years after her death. It’s basically a biography of their relationship in verse, from the perspective of Hughes.  Middlebrook sort of uses this collection of poetry as a jumping off point for the book.

All of this poetry reading has made me interested in writing poetry! Over the years I have collected a number of poetry writing books and I’ve never cracked them open. Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve cracked one of them open. I am inspired to at least read these books! Whether I will have time to actually write is another story.

 

 

Beach Thing

Photography

Here are a couple of photos from my first roll through the Reality So Subtle pinhole camera. The first shot is using the top pinhole, the bottom shot is using the bottom pinhole. I cropped the massive vignette out of the top pinhole shot, and I like the resulting image, much more than I like the bottom shot.

These were both made with Ektar at sunset around the Solstice at Klipsan Beach, WA. Exposure time was 18 seconds.

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Satisfaction?

Life

Struggling to find an idea for a blog post again today, so I thought I’d see if could find something that would work with the WordPress Weekly Photo theme. This week the theme is satisfaction. For some odd reason, this image  was the first thing to pop into my head. So what the hell. Let’s go with it.

This creature appeared at my Summer Reading program yesterday. When I saw it my heart was filled with warm fuzzies and happiness. It belonged to a little girl, who had a baby sister that occupied the other stroller in the photo. The little girl, obviously, wanted to push “her baby” around in a stroller too. I absolutely love (with all of my heart) that her “baby” is this very well loved Chewbacca doll.

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