Category: Journal

Wallowa City, OR

Time in Slow Motion

I took a little walk through the town today to look at the old Victorian buildings. It only took about 20 minutes – this is a very small town! A drunk homeless man shouted at me from across the street and then asked me about the weather. I snuck a shot of a farmer driving his mower down the road. Otherwise, there is not much going on here… It feels like time is moving in ultra-slow motion.

I am happy to report that Wallowa Food City has toilet paper! Get it while you still can!

Maui, HI

Intangible

My “real” camera has been put away for a couple of years. I dug it out and found there were some photos still on there. I remember this trip and my photography at the time. I remember feeling creatively frustrated. I had this desperate pent-up need to express something intangible through my photography, but nothing would translate the way I envisioned it inside my head. So I released the pressure by stepping away from my camera for a while.

How good it feels to hold its heavy weight in my hand again. Let’s see what happens now.

Spout Springs Ski Area, OR

Abandoned Ski Park

An old abandoned ski park + a bluebird sunny day = play time for grownups! I don’t think many people come to this place anyway, zombie apocalypse or not, and we had the whole place to ourselves.

Wallowa City, OR

Wallowa, Oregon

If you zoom in as far as possible you might spot Cuddlebus!
We went for a hike up this hill overlooking the valley. Found out later it is called “Tick Hill”, apparently for good reason!

We are in the wild and wonderful Wallowas… If we must be stuck somewhere for a while, I love that it is here.

There isn’t as much space and privacy here as there was at Hot Lake, but we are really close to the mountains for hiking and skiing which makes it worth our while. We’ve set ourselves up to be here for a month. A month seems like such a long time to be in one place when you’re living life on the road, but “sheltering in place” means we can’t just pick up and leave any time we want to. There is a certain security and safeness in being able to call this place our home for the next four weeks.

Day 26

Day 26. The work week is over and we should be in the mountains skiing, but a “down day” sounds even better right now. Tomorrow we are going to move to a new location closer to the mountains. So today we are just hanging out, playing games, cooking, charging up our avalanche packs, and watching movies. What a nice treat.

We are staying near this hot springs lake resort. The water in the lake is almost boiling coming out of the ground, so you definitely don’t want to jump in! The hot water runs out of the lake downstream and is piped into pools for guests, and the yurt rentals have nice enclosed patios with bathtubs for soaking. I think we would like to come back here sometime and stay in one of the yurts. The air has been really cold, and hot springs are so much fun when it’s cold outside!