With a 6 hour round trip to and from Seattle and Portland this weekend it’s no wonder that I’m a bit tired. Helping my niece Cami settle in to the University of Portland was worth the ride. She was so excited and filled with trepidation at the same time, excitement clearly the overall winner.
It was so much fun to see family and the best part was to see the Pacific Northwest through new eyes. Vance (my brother-in-law) saw a squirrel for the first time and asked if it was a mongoose. It made me remember when I first moved here and asked what the things poking out of the walls of my apartment were (they were space heaters).
You start taking for granted the natural beauty; mountains, trees, animals, etc. It was a good reminder to stop and smell the rhododendrons. Ben and I did a quick pick up at the bottom of the hill in West Seattle on 35th Avenue and continued to pick up litter all the way to the pretty Totem Pole Viewpoint on Alaska Street that overlooks the cascades and downtown Seattle.
A different point of view sometimes helps keep everything in perspective. Two buckets and 20 minutes later we stopped to enjoy the view.