An afternoon with the Swallowtails

Shoot, just like that, we are half way through 2018. I couldn't wait for 2017 to be over. It felt so painful. I'm happier with my self growth that came from it, but was looking forward to a new year in hopes of feeling a start over button. That's not really how this works though. One year bleeds into another and you just have to keep dreaming up how you're doing something new to mix things up!

In the spirit of opposites and mixing up scenery, where 2017 was all about Iceland, this year I have a plane ticket to Morocco in September! Textiles and tiles, color and heat, camels and sand. Many new sights and experiences. Experience is a key word. I met a mighty savings goal recently and realized it's easy to save money when you're not spending it. Not spending money because I feel like I don't really need anything. Without huge remodel projects and with a fully decorated and operating house, I'm all set. So experiences are on my radar - see, breathe, taste, touch, hear.

After a blazing hot week leading up to the solstice, a little hooky from work brought us to the river on a Tuesday. This spot used to be down a dirt road with no signs. Nine summers later, the road is fully paved for miles and we noticed the secret spot actually has a name! Since when?!... The river was high, cold, and fast. Not for swimming yet, but an excellent option for cooling off. Swallowtail butterflies were all over! I've never seen so many, what a magical time to visit.

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