Mount Rainier…simply amazing!

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This is the view from my car while eating our sandwiches after the hike

I haven’t been posting lately because I have been spending so much time with friends in the sunshine and doing school work in the other little bit of free time I have had. With that being said, the typical Seattle “doom and gloom” weather is rolling in (with big storms this weekend) so┬áI won’t be doing much other than schoolwork so I figured I would get motivated to do some writing for school by writing about something that was absolutely amazing and breathtaking…my climb up/around part of Mount Rainier this summer.

June 4th: a perfect day to venture out to Mount Rainier – sun shining with a few clouds scattered in the gorgeous blue sky. The night before we packed out camelbaks, some bread and lunch meat to make sandwiches, some fruit, and chips for after the hike. Of course, we also packed our hiking shoes and poles (which I will touch on shortly). We had everything ready to leave first thing in the morning!

We woke up bright and early (well, it wasn’t really bright out since we got up before the sun was out) and hit the road. Before we even drove a mile, we stopped for coffee and Joel’s brownie (it’s his breakfast before every hike now). We drove and drove and drove for what felt like forever but I think it was only maybe 2 hours (cue “are we there yet?”) until we got there. I forget which gate we went in but we had about a 20 minute drive once we got in the park until we reached our destination (I think Paradise was where we started – that is really the name). I don’t know why they call it Paradise but it could definitely be because some of the magical sites you see along the way like these:

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This pops up out of nowhere along the winding road. **hits the brakes to get a picture**

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I wonder why they call this Reflection Lake ­čÖé

The parking lot was full so we made out own parking spot about half a mile down. From there, we began our trek.┬áThe hiking poles – you remember those? Well, someone (aka: Joel) told me that I wouldn’t them so I should just leave them in the car because he doesn’t want me to complain when I end up carrying them since “they won’t work in the snow.” Well, let me just tel you this – that was the LAST time I listened to him about my hiking poles! I believe the first 15 20 minutes I complained whined (yep, that’s me) about not having them because I would take one step in the snow and slide back 2 steps. Once I realized whining wasn’t going to help me and that Joel would just continue walking and leave me that I might as well save my breath and get to stepping!

We climbed and climbed and climbed and came across this amazing little spot without snow that you could sit and overlook everything below and miles into the distance. We sat there for a bit to enjoy the quiet (not many people made it that far or to that side – not going to lie, I think I resisted a little because I was scared), the scenery, and watch some people training for the climb and overnight stay at the top.

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The view of the mountain from our little spot

After sitting there and enjoying a few snacks (those tend to make me happy so ┬ástop whining and complaining – what can I say, I get hangry!) we continued our trek upward. The scenery was breathtaking and no words can really describe the experience. ┬áWe didn’t go all the way to the top but I can only imagine how life-changing that experience would be – if only I was 95% more in shape ­čÖé

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A different view from the hike (I am facing Rainier). Simply beautiful everywhere you look!

Who would have thought you actually be warm in capris and tank top while your feet and stepping on snow? Not me! Who would think to continue to apply sunscreen so you don’t get burned? Not us! We hiked for about 3 hours and would have loved to keep going but the sun was melting the now making it very hard to keep going (yep, my hip started to get tired which makes my knee hurt) so we enjoyed the view a little bit longer and took in every bit of the experience that we could.

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Pretty far up but still a long ways to go….I am going to miss this…

We decided to started heading back since it was getting colder, the snow was melting, and my hip (and knee) were killing me. I will admit, if I had brought a light jacket and my hiking poles, I would have pushed through the pain to keep going. We got back to the car and made sandwiches to eat with a snow-covered mountain view. It was an incredible experience and I would do it all over again…but with my hiking poles! If you ever get the chance to go to Mount Rainier – I would highly recommend it – even if you don’t hike, just driving through the National Park is incredible!

Until my next hike…xoxo…Julie

 

Out with the old…in with the new!

“Sometimes your circle decreases in size but increases in value.”

The last few years have brought new people into my life…some of them are still in it and some are not. Someone once told me that “when someone no long enriches your life and you no longer enrich theirs, it is time to┬áseal the memories in the very back of your mind┬áand make no more with them”. It did not make sense when they first told me but over the years, I am beginning to understand. I also realize that people come into your life for a reason and leave for a reason. Sometimes we spend so much energy trying to keep someone around because we have spent time investing in them; however, letting go is okay because “sometimes you just outgrow people.”

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I have spent quite a bit of time reading about ways to improve life (not because I didn’t think mine was great) and the thing that really resonated with me was clearing the negative to make room for the positive. I truly believe that is what has happened the last few years with friendships running their course.

I have met some amazing people and had to find time to spend with them which was difficult when I was spending time with other people who didn’t enrich my life. Since I have started spending time with new people, I have found that my life is filled with a joy and happiness I had lost for a while. I am around people now who do not judge me or make me feel like I can’t be the goofy person that I am. I have laughed more, I have genuinely smiled more, I have loved more, and I have wanted to be around people more than ever (which is HUGE for an introvert). Now that I am truly happy again, I find that people are wanting to spend time with me and that I am surrounded by only people who enrich my life. The biggest thing, I have time to give to others in need and do it quite often. It is nice to be surrounded by people who do the same.

It is never easy ending a friendship but gaining multiple amazing people in your life makes it okay. As I think about the people I have fed, clothed, and simply gave something to so they could give a family member a Christmas gift, I am reminded that I am an amazing person with an amazing life – with or without the same people in it.

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I hope that your life is full of enriching people and you find the happiness that makes you smile, laugh, and love more than ever before!

Until next time…xoxo…Julie

Send my love to your new lover…

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Yep – so true!

Thank you Adele for song #2 on the new album and for giving me a good tag line for my follow-up to Mr Anonymous┬áthat was introduced a few months back. I have had quite a few people ask me “whatever happened to the guy you were seeing” and I never really knew what to say because it wasn’t so good…and I didn’t want to be rude (which is weird because I normally have no problem shaming the guy but this time was different). But then, it happened. I got the new Adele CD and song #2 came on and BAM! Like that, I had a story – it just happened to be written and sung by someone else with a much better voice! It goes a little like this: “Send my love to your new lover – treat her better”…you catching on yet?

For those of you a little slower than others,┬álet me help paint the picture. Mr Anonymous and I had were spending a lot of time together – weekend activities, changed clothes at his house before softball, dinner a few nights a week, etc and then our schedules “got busy”. I took a quick, overnight trip to the beach (or what Washington calls the beach) with my friend…

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Aren’t we pretty?

The weather was windy, rainy, and cold so we spent some time relaxing, talking, and enjoying a nice dinner (minus the weirdo/rude host). Some of our conversations got me thinking about Mr Anonymous and how it was time to talk about what we were (I think by month 4 you should know if you want to date or not and being friends is an option in my book). Since we had no cell service where we were, I typed up a text with some thoughts about things, how I felt, and what I wanted. I had no intention of sending it – you know, like writing your feelings but never sending the letter. The only problem was that when we got back to town and had cell service, the text sent – yeah, I am not that tech savvy! I figured, no big deal, things happen for reason and this will be the “official start” to something great! Well, you know what he wrote back? You hear the crickets chirping…yeah, me too! He wrote NOTHING!

The only thing he said to me (in person) is that he got my text and didn’t respond because he didn’t know what to say but we would talk about it at some point. As time went on, I figured he would say something but he didn’t – not in words at least…but his actions – they spoke volumes! He stopped texting and asking to hang out. He distanced himself from me…but cozied up to someone else (who might I add, has a live in boyfriend). Being the introvert that I am, I noticed things and could see they had something going on. When groups of us would get together, she all of the sudden started coming (she never did before). She would stand guard near him and not let me near. I still see them from time to time (we have some of the same friends) and I am totally okay with things. I have realized that if he is interested in this particular girl – then I am too good for him! I also realize that if he is into dating (or hooking up) with someone who has a live in boyfriend, then he is not good enough for me!

If there is one thing I have realized in this, it is – I am not the problem here and I did nothing wrong! I am a strong, hard-working, independent woman that needs and deserves an honest, loyal, one woman kind of girl MAN! If you have not listened to Adele’s new CD, I highly recommend you do. Her voice is amazing and she really has some good songs!

To Mr Anonymous…in the words of Adele…say hello to your new lover – treat he better!

They always say when you get rid of one┬ánegative thing in life, it opens up two positive places…with that being said, life has been on the up and up lately and I can hardly wait to fill you in on things but I have to get to bed for now…

Until next time…xoxo…Julie