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Girlfriends, art show, shadow rafters, and vegan Thai

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Good day spent with some girlfriends: an outdoor art show, a drive out to Tumalo Falls {including a short hike up to the viewing area}, and a tasty Thai dinner—salad rolls, coconut soup, mango curry, and Thai iced tea made with coconut milk!

In the top photo, doesn’t it look like a group of shadow people are about to go over the falls with their raft?

Tumalo Falls, shadow raft

Tumalo Falls, shadow raft

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Falls

Hike up, {don’t forget to breathe}, {mind the moment}, descend. Repeat.

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Packed day 1 of a packed week! Of course, nothing ever goes as planned: Our one-hour interview at the station this morning turned into 2 hours of troubleshooting and then an hour of interview later in the day. Which threw off my schedule, but I was able to make it work and still have plenty of prep time for my meeting this afternoon.

And it was a nice evening once I finally got home. I steamed some pot stickers and Romano beans while hubby and kids finished up watching 5th Element. Later, I hiked Pilot Butte in the semi-darkness with my step-son. We were encircled by a smoky-orange-smudged sunset. On the way down, I walked through a spider’s web with my face, and tried not to stumble on rocks. Beautiful.

Soaked on Pilot Butte

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Pilot Butte Thunderstorm Sunset #1

Pilot Butte Thunderstorm Sunset #1

We’ve had some magnificent thunderheads and thunderstorms recently. This afternoon, I sat on the back porch reading {Any Day Now, Terry Bisson}, with 4 out of 5 kitties sprawled around. My left ear began to throb, which it’s been doing a lot lately. A few minutes later, I heard the first thunder. We watched and listened as the day grew darker and the angry sky louder. All in all it wasn’t a terribly dramatic thunderstorm—just long. Finally, it rained a bit, and we came in off the porch.

Pilot Butte Thunderstorm Sunset #2

Pilot Butte Thunderstorm Sunset #2

Later, it cleared up and I thought we were done for the day, so about 8:30p I started climbing the butte. On the way up, I took these photos with my phone. By the time I got to the top, the clouds had moved in. On my way back down, it started to pour. Good thing it was still very warm out, because I got soaked; It was kind of fun. It wouldn’t have been so fun if there had been much thunder and lightning, though. I thought of that as I hurried down the trail with my metal water bottle and iPod.

Nothing compares to the damp permeating odor of wet juniper and sage. Part urine, part perfume: I can never decide if it’s a smell that I actually enjoy. Colors intensify and juniper berries do sparkle in the rain—that I know I like.

An ungodly hour

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This morning, I got up at an ungodly hour for a Saturday {8 a.m.} and went with the kids and the hub down to a park to watch the kids’ mom finish running a 10k{One of those strange things blended families do.} The kids then went off to spend time with their mom until tomorrow.

I came back to the house for a little while, prepped for an ATV interview, then went to the station to meet my co-host and our out-of-town friend in order to record the interview. We had fun with that, and then spent the rest of the afternoon and evening having a leisurely lunch at Broken Top Bottle Shop and walking along Benham Falls. It was a good time.

It tired me out, though. Good thing the house is quiet tonight: I might just have to get up at an ungodly hour tomorrow morning to join the girls for breakfast. {Rough life.}

By the way, I looked for the Super Moon tonight and by the time it got up over the trees behind my house, it was unimpressive. I’ve seen much bigger and more impressive Harvest Moons before. Maybe you had to catch it right at the horizon?!