Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Thank you Mountains.

Well, I snuck down from the mountain and am now sitting in a coffee shop in Columbia Falls sipping an iced mocha and typing on this here computer. What a strange feeling.

It's lovely out here. No, I mean more than lovely. V. and I have been spending our days hiking along lakes and rivers in pine and cedar forests. Today we drove to Timbuck-3 to have lunch at our favorite camp spot that we discovered exactly 4 years ago in the infancy of our relationship. A forest fire burnt much of the surrounding area, but miraculously not "our" place.

It's strange not having anything to do. I get easily bored until I remember to occupy myself. I'm enjoying scribbling in my journal and reading that slim little Marquez book that I just haven't seemed to be able to get around to until now.

I'm remembering what a good outdoor cook I am...much better than my indoor cooking skills. I look like hell from a lack of shower facilities.

And best of all, I feel better than I have in a very long time.


Kristine said...

I am so glad to hear that you are well and having a very necessary break! I cannot wait to be in that place of not having to think of books and math... I have 9 days left!

Endment said...

Fantastic news!!!
See if you can find a book store or a library and pick up a little book: "The Art of Doing Nothing by Veronique Vienne --- sounds like just what you might enjoy ;-)

deirdre said...

Even your writing sounds relaxed. Good for you. Enjoy some more of that good air.

Cate said...

Oh, you've painted the scene perfectly--I can imagine you looking and feeling relaxed and beautiful (the lack of shower facilities does that to you--what you lack in a good shampoo, you make up for with a free heart!)! Here's to scribbling, reading, and feeling joyful in a relaxed setting! Continue having a wonderful time!

Belle said...

Hi Jessie,

Sounds like pure enjoyment! Ah, the fresh air, trees, water, mountains. Nothing like having it all.

tara dawn said...

I must admit...I'm jealous! I absolutely love the open air, nature's beauty, and the silence and stillness that can only be found when the showers and amenities are left behind.
I'm so glad you're enjoying your trip.
I've been catching up on my blog reading and have missed you immensely. Shoot me an email once you're back...I still want to do a creativity exchange with you if you're game. And remember...if you and V ever want to come visit Georgia, we've got a room waiting on you.
Love to you and big hugs,

Jamie said...

How cool is it that you can be enjoying lakes and mountains and then an iced mocha and updating your blog! That rocks!

I'm so glad to hear you're feeling refreshed! Enjoy!

erin said...

yay - i'm so glad you're filling your well out there. i'm reading the marquez book right now too. i only do a couple of pages a day so that i can savor it. enjoy your vacation - you so deserve it!

Dana said...

Man, I never feel bored in an outdoor setting like that. I just slow the fuck down and enjoy, returning to my natural pace as opposed to the super-hectic multitasking one my city life demands.

You should really finish the Marquez. I've read it, too, so we could talk about it. Except that I am already forgetting the details of the book. Hmm.

paris parfait said...

Jessie, you sound like you've reached that stress-free happy relaxation point of a much-needed vacation. Good for you!

gkgirl said...

i'm so glad
that you are doing what you are
doing and taking a well needed
much deserved break!

enjoy it!

Colorsonmymind said...

Your trip sounds so refreshing-I can almost smell the outdoor air.

I love my little one but I could use some away time-time to get bored, time to read...

Hugs to you

Elizabeth said...

Good to hear from you! Your trip sounds amazing, picture-perfect, wonderful!

Watch out for those outdoor cooking skills, though. I once went backpacking into the Grand Canyon and, when my rice dinner burned to the bottom of my pan, I shared a friend's chili. I thought this chili was the most amazing thing I'd ever tasted and demanded the recipe. It turned out to be a freeze-dried backpacker's meal.

Never mind, I said, that was soooo fabulous, I'd serve it at my next dinner party!

I tested it before serving it to my friends. Good thing. Indoors, outside the grandeur of the Canyon and back in my suburban tract home in Phoenix, the stuff tasted like cardboard stew with lima beans and a dash of clam brains.

HoBess said...

Sounds wonderful ... Safe trip home!