{adventure, adventure}

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So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.


Chief Tecumseh,
Shawnee Nation

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adventure, adventure:: lake michigan shore – south haven, michigan february 4,  2012 :: alex reese, myself

it was windy, kinda like today.  but the sunshine was out.  we wanted some time together without any others.  wind, sun, sand.  you, me. best.

the wind whipped.  we dreamt.  imagined.  conquered our beach.

it was chilly.  but we were the queens.

adventure’s discovery::   the earth is breathtaking in all seasons.  sometimes we just need some time outside.  just us & the water.

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adventure, adventure:: spicer’s apple orchard, october 30, 2011:: rl, alex reese, myself

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we went with the intention of picking out our own pumpkins…it was sunny, cool and crisp.  perfect michigan fall.  my favorite.  we left with a better beginning of a tradition, response to arrive earlier in the picking season next year, and lovely, warm memories of cinnamon, sugar, cider and rainbows.  apple orchard selfie

dream truck

after it hailed on us during our corn maze, we ate some sugary goodness and washed it down with heaven in styrofoam (fresh apple cider).

and when we left, we saw the rainbow.  and i squealed, and scared rl that i hit someone or something with my car (which i do a lot, not hit things, but scare him).

adventure’s discovery:: expect the unexpected, and never leave until you are ready (even if the weather is saying otherwise).

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adventure, adventure  ::  hoist lake recreation area,  september 14, 2012:: ar, rl, myself

i went backpacking for the first time last fall.
where you wear your food, your clothes, your space to sleep, on your back.
and you set up camp at some lovely place, where the air is fresher than your lungs know what to do with.

at some point on our hike out.
at some point on our hike out.

we went up north in the lower peninsula of michigan, to the hoist lake recreation area.

it was magical.  i don’t have any pictures of walking in, but we walked in around 10 p.m., and it was just stunning. quiet, and peaceful, and coolish with a humid mist.

these two were pumped, as was i.
these two were pumped, as was i.

it was the kind of trip, where the planning is quick, and spur of the moment, and where the excitement of the trip is electric.  we had all the equipment we needed, and just decided to go.  we only had one real night/day to spend up there, and that was all we needed. i love my family.

she was ready to defend me against squeeters.
she was ready to defend me against skeeters.

my love has backpacked his whole life, and a.r. is following in those giant footsteps of his, and is quite the adventurer herself.  i love nature, i love being with my family, and i have definitely camped rustically (no bathroom, no showers, no people around you for a LONG while) before.  but, i had never backpacked.

in the morning, i felt peace.
in the morning, i felt peace.

it was not a very good night of sleep for me, but my sweets both slept amazing.  i was worried i would roll over a.r., and so, couldn’t quite relax.  but, i know if we could’ve stayed at least one more night, i would have been refreshed beyond my own understanding, because just the less than 24 hours that i was up there, i was refreshed.

these beauties were taking a bath close to us in the morning mist.
these beauties were taking a bath close to us in the morning mist.

we had a campfire, and campers food (a.r’s fave) we hiked during the day, we gathered sticks, learned more about our surroundings, and laughed in the wind.

my firemaker.
my firemaker.

we are blessed to have been able to go.

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morning coffee ♥
morning coffee ♥
this was our view. we couldn't see another person from our "site".
this was our view. we couldn’t see another person from our “site”.
God's Glory.
God’s Glory.

i beyond a doubt, believe that it was a perfectly orchestrated trip from my Maker to enjoy the end of last summer with my loves before the school year began again for a.r.

it was exactly what we knew we needed.

trifecta of awesomeness.
triangle of awesomeness.
no makeup, no worries.
no makeup, no worries.

it is one of my favorite trips of all time.  i was less healthy than i am now, but that makes me even more excited for this year’s trip!

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those two people are my heart.

the people in this picture make me so happy, even if i look like i need a nap, and a makeover! :)
the people in this picture make me so happy, even if i look like i need a nap, and a makeover! 🙂
goofballs in the woods.
goofballs in the woods!

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thank you Lord, for this view.
thank you Lord, for this view.
love is everywhere, you just have to look.
love is everywhere, you just have to look.
i heart wildflowers.
i heart wildflowers.

backpacking is amazing. i am an amateur, but i know if you have any questions about stuff we brought, or what you would need, r.l. would be happy to help you answer those questions.  it is something you should try.  just once.  i promise, you will come away relaxed, refreshed, and more in love with life.

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best girl. small frog. favorite.
best girl. small frog. favorite.
only a prince will do.
only a prince will do.

go out and seek adventure. it is a blast. i promise.

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we did it! (well, i knew they could do it, but i again, was less healthy then, and this was an accomplishment!). yay!
we did it! (well, i knew they could do it, but i again, was less healthy then, and this was an accomplishment!). yay!

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now go find some adventure!!!

 

2 thoughts on “{adventure, adventure}

  1. from alex reese herself: if u guys have any amazing things that u would like to share even if it is just a pic of something while u r walking in the park speak out with all of the moments of the things u would like to share its okay to be shy everone is in a way but this is a wonderful way to connected with other people and discover a new world u would of never known about if it wasnt for one pic of just a cute little bird so share your feelings and we can all see new heights with everyone

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