Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

To start off the camping season, my friend Kristin and I visited Silver Falls State Park and stayed in one of their “rustic” cabins.  The cabin was her idea, and definitely a good idea, because it rained consistently two out of the three days and was also rather chilly.

Even though the weather wasn’t the best, we still managed to see a few of the waterfalls.  Some were not dog friendly, so Toby stayed in the truck and got to go on a different, dog friendly trail after.

We walked  behind one of the waterfalls, which had four levels of lava formations building up the wall it flowed off of, with lots of mini caves and mist.

We also visited Silverton, where we got coffee, crepes, and found nice yarn at a local  yarn shop.

There was a lot of greenery and foliage in the forest, which I learned counts as a temperate rain forest.  I imagine I’ll try to visit it when it’s not raining quite so much though!

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Damp, even through a gortex jacket, but the waterfalls were definitely pretty.

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Tango practice, hiking, and cooking.

These are a few of the things I’ve been able to start getting back into lately, which I am really happy about.  One of my goals for myself was to start reinvesting in the activities I enjoy.  Ideally, this would also give me some time for introspection to determine what I deem important, or a direction I’d like to go next, as well as to decompress from my last adventure in the workforce.

Today is one of the days where I am feeling really good about my decision to take a little bit of time in between jobs to experience more.

While in Portland, I met up with a number of friends, ate some good food, and went walking on Sauvie Island with my mom.  I got brunch with a dear friend who I met while working at an art camp a few years ago, tea with two friends from my graduating anthropology class (one tea place was in an old train carriage and another in a converted double decker bus), and spent some time with my sister as well.

After driving back to Southern Oregon, I’ve shuffled some items around between the truck, storage unit, and my partner’s family’s house, working toward a semi-final organization for the tiny living space.  I’ll leave it open to rearranging as needed, especially if I don’t use all the items I pack.

Above are some pictures of home brewed coffee, hiking in Ashland, and Toby enjoying having a mellow afternoon.

I’m able to spend more time with my dog, walking him around town or on short hikes to start with, and taking him to dog group so he can socialize with other small dogs.  I know he enjoys being out with me rather than in his crate while I am at work – admittedly I was starting to look into dog daycare possibilities for him if needed.  Now, I can spend more time with him and put those funds toward other priorities.

And, rather than eating out for many meals which happened when I was working a lot, my partner and I went grocery shopping after tango practice today, then made a tasty salad and burritos for dinner, after which we walked the dog around the neighborhood.

I have had more time to read, both books and articles, and came across an article today, titled The Art of Enough, which has given me some ideas for personal goals I would like to work towards in the near future.

Overall, I’m appreciating the time I am able to spend with people and doing activities I enjoy more, now that I have the time.