a few more...

It's raining here in Nelson, BC.  I've been sipping my coffee and watching the clouds envelop the mountain peaks, silver wisps floating just above the lake.  This greyscale of mist and cloud and fog are what I'll miss most about British Columbia, they give all the shades of green a depth that quiets and softens, I don't think I'll know a landscape that is quite so humbling.
And Nelson is just the wonder that I remember - a small mountain gem of a town, not too big and not too small - complete with two sweet food coops, the friendliest people and a setting that there aren't really words for.  I've only been here 14 hours and I've already had multiple in-depth conversations with the locals. While I was settling down last night the thought popped in my head, "I want to settle here one day."  But, who's to say what will happen.

Anyway, here are a few more photos from last weekend's trip to Washington.  I'll post crossing-Canada-road-trip footage as soon as I can!

the last, vashon island.

I lose track of the date and time - the days blow by so quickly, my mind has hardly caught up to the long summer days approaching, that before I know it, my old life will resume in Vermont, everything abruptly the same, with all the magical moments from Victoria, like a dream, floating in the background.  But time is catching up and here we are, mid-June and my last time in Washington with my sweet sister-friend Melissa, before all my eyes see are the road ahead.  After doing our usual marinating in coffee shops and breakfast places we decided we go on a bicycle excursion and, blindly pointing our fingers on a map, we decided: Vashon Island.  

And what a great decision - it was so fun to bike onto the ferry and have really no idea what the destination is.  We were met with a long and gradual hill to bike into town, hard work, but the payoff being a view of wooden island homes with sweet window boxes, and groups of does grazing in the front yard.  Sunday evening means that Vashon Island is quiet, but we did manage to find Snapdragon, the most charming rustic bakery, to rest and share dinner, and, I mean, chocolate cupcakes.

And you gotta take time to respectfully explore around the abandoned houses, especially when the overlook the water and hillside homes of Seattle, just beyond.

I'm going to miss this girl.

childhood friends.

These two and I have been friends since the age where you put asparagus up your nose and think it's funny.  Actually I would still think that's funny, but you know.  The one on the right, Becca, and I sat next to each other in Mrs. Vallance's 3rd grade class - she stole my crayons and coloring ideas, but somewhere along the way we reconciled and spent all the following growing years together.  The one on the left and I became good friends the next year - so many sleepovers spent making funny lists in our colorful journals, exchanging mix cds, getting way too into embarrassing musicals, living the middle school dream.  These kids and I all lived within a few blocks of one another and our summers were spent riding through the nearby neighborhoods on each other's bike handlebars.  There are so many stories, this post could go on and on.

While I was in North Carolina they scooped me up and took me to mountains for a few days.  We did all the things I used to love from my time in Asheville - taking long drives to swimming holes, eating endless amounts of southern comfort food, and lazing around with the people who know you best.  

We were also pretty determined to fashion a mountainside slip n' slide, so Becca made one in true Becca style.  She bought 5 shower curtains, dish soap, and staked the shower curtains into the ground, pouring water and dish soap on top. It's probably the silliest slip n' slide event that's ever occurred and, as you can sort of see, it didn't really work, but we had so much fun trying to slide down the thing and watching it immediately fail, that it didn't matter.  I miss these kids.  I'm often longingly awaiting the day that everyone I love can just live in a little seaside village together and not worry about traveling or keeping in touch,  but for now I suppose the long trips and catching up sessions make me appreciate the time together all the more.

ps.  look at how cute that puppy is!!

farm animals by the sea

My lovely friend Sophie, and I were walking down to the beach, when we discovered a petting zoo in the park!  We were met with baby pigs, all of which I wanted to take home (seriously, honestly considered owning a pet pig for an hour or so), alpacas, sheep, and my favorite, baby goats!  I'd always heard that goats will eat *anything* but geez, we were mauled, they found all parts of my outfit delicious, even attempting to chew on my glasses.  

and then it was a few hours laying by the ocean with veggie sticks and sophie's homemade avocado hummus (so good I was eating it with my fingers).  Best day.