Inspired by McDowell Creek Falls —

March 6, 2018 Sun filters through the trees, boasting moss-covered branches in the delicate light rays Water rushes down black, basalt domes; droplets bounce into the air, feeding drooping ferns Day and night, week after month, water carves the basalt, an ever-changing masterpiece Water will continue to flow, caress, ebb whether I witness it or... Continue Reading →

Sweet Creek Falls

Yesterday's Sunday adventure led us to a popular place: Sweet Creek Falls near Mapleton, Oregon. It is easily quite clear to see why so many people praise this lovely place. It's about an hour and fifteen minute drive from Eugene. As soon as you open your car door at the trailhead you are greeted by... Continue Reading →


It's difficult to believe that I've been here in Eugene for not even three whole months (okay in three days it will be three months). Life here is starting to feel settled, normal. Don't get me wrong, this is a good thing. It's something that I have been craving for a long time: to feel... Continue Reading →


Plans change. For two weeks in Nicaragua I worried about what was to come next. Where should we go? What made the most sense? Then an 8-hour bus ride from Leon to Isla de Ometepe happened and we came to the conclusion that we wanted to be in Oregon. It had been the original plan... Continue Reading →

Revolution Museum – Leon, Nicaragua

We have been in Leon for a week now. Leon is a city very much alive and it's been wonderful to be a part of the everyday action. On Friday we finally visited the Museo de la Revolucion, located in what used to be city hall and still littered with blood spatter and bullet holes.... Continue Reading →

Boarding down Volcan Cerro Negro

We arrived in Leon, Nicaragua on Monday afternoon after a three hour chicken bus adventure. We got dropped off at our hostel, took some much needed showers, and then treated ourselves to a delicious meal at Patio El Padrino. It was some of the freshest tasting food I've had in awhile and the beers were... Continue Reading →

Last day at the beach

Today is our last day at the beach. It has been three weeks of days with no plans except a brilliant sunset. As I get ready to leave I begin thinking that I have taken this time for granted. How many people would love to have three weeks to do only whatever you want to?... Continue Reading →

Tribal History of Nicaragua

There is evidence to suggest that people were living in Nicaragua as long as 6,000 years ago. This date comes from ancient footprints found on the shore of Lake Managua in 1874. About twenty years ago, remnants of a civilization were found in the middle of the Nicaraguan jungle. These finds, including ceremonial platforms and... Continue Reading →

So I want to be a stargazer

Last summer I discovered the joy and excitement of laying on your back all night long and staring at the stars and moon. I started to notice how they danced with each other, slowly making their journey across the skies each night. We were living outside of Crater Lake National Park and I couldn't believe... Continue Reading →

Playa San Diego

My days have been full of beach walks, seaglass hunts, hammock naps, cold beers and sunset views that are indescribable. It's a certain kind of blessing to watch that ball of fire disappear into the waves every night and be present as the stars in all their glory begin to appear. We've been keeping it... Continue Reading →

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