I'm a wildflower...

I am happy to say I have survived my five days in the wilderness without too much trauma.  Some minor scraps, some hot sun kisses, and a few hundred mosquito bites later I am home!  The weather in the mountains was an absolute treat as long as you avoided Mr. Sun's gaze for too long.  Part of the problem with being at such high altitudes is that the sun is so much harsher if in direct contact with the skin.  Sadly not even six coats of super strength sunblock were enough to protect me from the sun's determined admiration of my pale complexion.  I am sure by next week I will have some new additions to my ever growing freckle collection.


One of my favorite things about our adventures in the high country is the ever abundance of thriving nature.  Even in the middle of summer the forrest is alive with activity.   Most of our time was spent scouting the mountains for new and interesting trails and never knowing what you may discover at the end of one.  We came across lakes, baby animals, cool crystal river pools, and even groves of beautiful butterflies partaking in the sweet nectar of the endless rainbow of blooms.




Although a little shy in front of the camera I was able to capture some of the natives feasting in the sunlight.  Many times I found myself deeper into the woodlands than originally intended.  It is so easy to scamper away chasing butterflies only to realize you can no longer hear or see the joyful interactions still happening at camp.  I will have to work on my distractibility before it lands me in trouble!

The craziest thing about this trip was the experience of complete disconnect.  In vacations past I was not blogging or running the shop which made me take no notice to the fact that we were completely isolated in the wilderness.  This time?  Not so much... it was so strange to be surrounded by chirps instead of chimes... snapping twigs instead of countless rings... and buzzing buggies instead of buzzing cellies!  It was all so odd come day three!  I started feeling like I just couldn't relax and just go with it.  Like the silence was just all too eery and the lack of schedule all too unsettling.  Just goes to show that I probably needed this more than I even realized!


But luckily there was more than enough around me to keep me busy.  Exploring... hiking... and even making a few new friends!  It was a wonderful trip with most of the people I hold so dear.  Wonder where we will end up next year?

Love & Lollies...


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17 comments:

  1. Looks like a lovely trip - what beautiful photographs.

    I am looking forward to some 'switch-off' time soon too, but I know I will also find it difficult to unwind. I guess we live in such a fast paced, technological society, that it is hard to imagine a simpler life without distractions.

    My biggest challenge at the moment is to remind myself that email replies can wait No one is going to hunt me down if I don't answer immediately!

    Nice to have you back!

    Claire x

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  2. sounds and looks like you had a lovely time. I think everyone needs a vacation like these wherein you completely disconnect. Its very refreshing.

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  3. I saw a caterpillar like this on the side of my house the other day. It scared the crap out of me and creeped me out. I can't believe you're holding one.

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  4. beautiful pictures! I love them all :)

    xo,
    Eeka

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  5. What a BEAUTIFUL blog :-) And gorgeous pictures. Seems like a wonderful getaway! (good for you for using sun block!!)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Very sweet of you!

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  6. Gorgeous photos! Love the ones of the flowers especially

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  7. Lovely images especially the butterflies.

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  8. wow! Lovely images! Good for you surviving the wilderness!!

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  9. oh my gosh those are some breathtaking photos!


    x
    Angie
    sundaybelle.com

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  10. JessaofCakedVintageAugust 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    He was a very nice caterpillar. Although, his little hairs did tickle quite a bit!

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  11. JessaofCakedVintageAugust 21, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    So true! I have that same phobia! Hope you enjoy your "switch-off" time and get in some R&R. xo

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  12. JessaofCakedVintageAugust 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    So true! I have that same phobia! Hope you enjoy your "switch-off" time and get in some R&R. xo

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  13. JessaofCakedVintageAugust 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    He was a very nice caterpillar. Although, his little hairs did tickle quite a bit!

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  14. JessaofCakedVintageAugust 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    So true! I have that same phobia! Hope you enjoy your "switch-off" time and get in some R&R. xo

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  15. JessaofCakedVintageAugust 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    He was a very nice caterpillar. Although, his little hairs did tickle quite a bit!

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