Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Home Again, Home Again


We spent the week of Summer Solstice on a beach on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, surrounded by old-growth trees, the corresponding clear cuts, facing the wild, endless Pacific, watching the eagles, deer, fur seals, otters, jays, fellow hikers pass by. We hiked to swim in rivers and admire ancient rock drawings and stood unsteadily on the Westernmost point of the lower 48. (Oh, and had someone's ashes scattered over us!) We ate rice and beans, trail mix, bits of seaweed, salmonberries. Mostly we drank our coffee black and spent all day outside and with each other.

To say that it's a little hard to come back to the relative civilization of laundry, the internet, cars, phones, obligations, an abundance of food, weeds, 4th of July coming up quick and all the ferry lines and crazy times ahead, would be a massive understatement. It's a different kind of wildness. Of course, it's nice to be home, to see our cats, to eat vegetables, to weed our beds of cabbages and potatoes and beets growing huge. And I do look forward to checking in with all of you and if I owe you an email, please forgive me, I owe a lot of people emails.


There'll be a lot more posts about our adventures, but if you're interested here's something I wrote about why we camp from the last time we spent Solstice on the coast.

Now back to this reality.

Edit: When I first posted this the image above had a weird bad-photoshop sheen. Turns out that Charlie's camera apparently has a feature that photoshops your face. WTF. We only discovered this after transferring the pics onto the computer and flickr.  I figured out how to get the original version of the "beautified" image and am way happier to have that one up. I don't really want to post pics where I look like a video game character without big boobs. I can help it that is. But to see the creepy difference, you can check out the "improved" image here. That is not how I look after three days of camping, trust me. Who in the world would want a camera that does that? 

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  1. That is seriously the strangest feature I've ever heard of on a camera. *sigh* We've managed to make our machines vain too.

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    1. I know! It also makes your smile bigger. It's a setting called "beauty", which I was like "oh the colors are way better on this", but turns out…I cannot even believe it.

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  2. Cap Alava/ Sand Point? Love that area! It's the perfect back-packing hike for me, not too long, and an awesome pay off!

    Also, too funny with that camera feature! :) Little cameras are getting so gimmicky

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    1. Yep, Cape Alava. It's our have. Over the river is nice too. This camera does have an awesome feature where you can take pics under water, but we didn't even have a chance to try it out, since the battery went out early on. He got it refurbished for a kind of a deal, but yeah, so tricky and hard to use. Made me miss my old point and shoot from like five years ago...

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  3. Haha, I was like, "Day-ummm, that girl has some porcelain-fine skin!"

    Sounds like an incredible time away! Nothing like nourishing ocean-balm.

    Megan

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    1. Hahahah! I'm gonna try to see if I can uncover the original shot somehow, Charlie claims I can, but I've been kinda just rushing around, but dude, the bags under my eyes…they're worth seeing. I was like "wait, why so smooth and silky?".

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  4. I'd like to borrow that camera!
    The weirdest thing mine did was to take some random black and white pictures while I was in Stockholm. I definitely looked better in black and white.

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    1. It really does look like a bad photoshop job tho. Like it'd be one thing if it just kind of illuminated the parts of your face that the camera often makes look worse (like shadows under your eyes etc.) but it actually gives you this weird makeover. So futuristic ;D

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  5. Hehe, I just thought 'Why the heck did she photoshop her face to look all weird and wazy' and then read the rest of your post! What a strange camera. But what a beautiful beach & beautiful you! x

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    1. Okay, so we looked at the rest of the pictures after I discovered that this one was all crazy and IT ALSO MAKES YOUR SMILE BIGGER!!!! So super creepy. Thanks tho.

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    2. It makes your smile bigger? That's insane! I always think natural skin is so much nicer (I also don't really like foundation), but you have perfect and beautiful skin anyway! :-)

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  6. that is hilarious! i was totally like, wow it's so unlike milla to photoshop her face so much! autopilot these days, i tell ya. so glad you escaped on a romantic wilderness trip, it sounds wonderful.

    love!

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  7. your photos of your time on the beach are just beautiful... my mum lives in a tiny village in Suffolk, and in the Summer months (if you get up really really early) deer often wander through the village, walking along the road before they disappear in to fields and woodland. One year she went to a local beach to see the sun rise for the Solstice, while she sat there enjoying the quiet,some guys turned up in their cars, they spilled out and put on robes then went down to the shore to chant, then as the sun rose they all cheered to celebrate the Solstice. She says she thinks they were druids and it made a change to see someone else at the beach that early.

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  8. Oh, a camping trip sounds like heaven! I really hope I can get the hubs to camp with me someday soon!

    I might be guilty of sometimes wanting a photoshopping camera. I have a skin condition that makes my face horribly red when I have flareups, so I dread pictures of myself. But yes, having it automatically enabled and having it make your smile wider is incredibly creepy!

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  9. Awe this just perfection! A deer on a beach? I can't even fathom that reality.

    What you stated in your previous post about why you camp rings so true in my own experience. We moved to the country about 1 year ago it is now-- yet I still long for greater silence, remoteness, less peopling-- a type of solitude that sadly seems much less attainable these days unless you enter protected forests or state lands. I often find your photographs very soothing in this way. I guess all photographs have that element of absence. What we don't see is sort of left up to our imagination and what we hope might be part of that reality. Lovely.

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  10. LOVELY BLOG JUST PERFECT. LOVE PIC OF YOU IN GARDEN. HX

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  11. (Um, apparently I did a wrong move when posting my comment since it's disappeared, so here it is again, from memory ;o)

    Milla, this is certainly the most wonderful way to spend the Solstice week. This beach looks so peaceful, wild and full of light that it brings tears to my eyes.

    And you, my dear, with your blue eyes and maiden braids, look as stunning as this deer on the shoreline (on the original photo, of course !)

    Returning home must be quite a shock, even if home is sweet in itself. I hope the light, beauty and freedom can stay with you for many days. xo

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    1. Oh and I love love LOVE your earlier post about the last time you went camping there. The pictures are amazing, and what you say about it all is beautiful and so true.

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  12. hahaha! oh my gosh! that photoshoped picture rules! if you looked like that after 3 days of camping i think i'd be bowing down at your feet. also, i bet more people than you think LOVE that feature on the camera (why, i have no idea!). anyway, i can't wait to see more pictures. ruben i have only camped alone once and it was pure bliss! maybe our best weekend we've ever had. i can't even imagine having a whole week alone! we'd be on cloud nine. so stoked for you guys after all the business and work, i bet you loved just being with each other and talking and drinking coffee. great way to reconnect!
    love to you milla! xoxoxo

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  13. oh yes, the ashes! can't help but think of the scene in the big lebowski when walter spreads donny's ashes. "good night sweet prince."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk61MeDmk2M

    i really think i need to hear more about it!

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