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There And Back Again: Post-Vacation Reflections

Hello, everyone!! Sorry to have deserted my blog for a few weeks, the laptop hasn’t seen  me for awhile, due to a week-long vacation to Missoula, Montana. But, we’re re-united now, so nothing’s separating me from a new post(yay!).

So, what did I find to occupy myself during vacation? Well, besides performing Pride & Prejudice for our grandparents’ dog(;D), or reading Mattimeo, a few significant activities come to mind.

  • Hot Springs– Swimming!
  •  Carousel– I only rode it three times… 🙂
  • Horseback Riding– I snapped a picture of the horse I was assigned, isn’t he so pretty?
His name's Chief.
His name’s Chief.
  • Hiking
  • Rip-sticking Besides the initial thrill of snaking and gliding and actually getting somewhere on that thing, the fun was intensified to me after attempting to figure it out for years…and failing.
  • Wildlife-Watching Bison, tons of deer, hummingbirds, antelopes, and a chipmunk(or a squirrel, we weren’t sure which).
  • Airplane Rides– Not always enjoyable, but the view from my window looked so beautiful, I needed to write about it. I’ve edited the entry a little, but more or less, here’s what I wrote in my journal during take-off/landing:

 Departing Seattle. We rumble over the flight strips. Kindles/books/iPads emerge from the pockets of passengers who are ignoring the excitement of take-off. 😉 Others recline against the seats and drift into sleep.  

*Listening to Les Mis, and finally starting to understand Jean Valjean’s Arrest* Great music,”But, they chained me and left me for dead, just for stealing a mouthful of bread!” Flashing lights squatted on the ground illuminate the streaming raindrops on windows. Wheels grinding on the ground, my view shifts vertically and Seattle lays splayed beneath my feet. Lights, so many lights. Little by little cloud wisps and then giant, cotton-candy bunches glide by.

Landing- The plane enters a series of lurches. The wheels slide out from the wings. Shortly afterward, a screeching, whining noise penetrates the rumbling. Lights indicate land. With a jump, my stomach leaves me. We rock gently, as if bobbing in water. Ground meets wheels and the aircraft rushes forward, then slows.


That was fun to write, but I wish I’d described the mountains poking through a layer of clouds on our way home. So cool.

Oh, and I’m so sorry for the tardy The Hobbit:The Battle of Five Armies review I promised a few months ago. I really do intend to write that ASAP, but haven’t got around to re-watching the movie yet. Hobbit readers will notice it’s on my mind from the title of this post, but the review just hasn’t happened…yet.


“Roads go ever ever on,
Under cloud and under star.
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen,
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green,
And trees and hills they long have known.” -J. R. R. Tolkien, from The Hobbit