I’m kind of always dreaming about the North Shore - Link in bio for about a million photos from the EFA - a spot I've been dying to stay at since I learned about it's existence 💕 Well, I achieved that life goal this fall and was invited to stay at a cabin there. Honestly the places freelancing has taken me make up for all of the uncertainties that come with this life! If you are a North Shore / MN history nerd like me - you might already know about this exclusive spot. If you’re not, there is a link in the blog post.
#smallparksaturday - Moores Creek National Battlefield. This great little park memorializes the first patriot victory in the Revolutionary War. It’s a beautiful setting with a boardwalk over the black waters and a historic bridge. We enjoyed our stop here!
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I love setting my kids loose and watching what the get into as they run free.
A big part of childhood should be spent venturing off alone. Learning their own limits and pushing past the boundaries they have set.
Do they get into trouble? Yes.
Do I help them? Of course, after we try to see if we can figure out a way to get out of it by ourselves. Then we see if they can help each other. You know, because if they can learn to help save each other it could be pretty useful in a rough situation. There are times where they aren’t sure if they can do something on their own or not and that’s okay, that’s their limit. Then we work through it and push past it if they are willing and able.
Do I let my kids get into potentially dangerous situations? Sometimes. They may fall and end up with some scrapped knees but I will never put them in any actual danger. If my son wants to climb a tree, cool! If my daughter wants to jump down off a rock, awesome! If the baby wants to walk a narrow slippery trail near a cliff? No ma’am, nope nope nope, you’re staying in the carrier.
What a shame to never know the feeling of climbing a tree, or falling in cold stream water, it’s refreshing after you stand back up and catch your breath.
Of course it’s not the free rein many of us had as children but it’s the best I can do for them now. Hopefully one day kids will be able to roam around again freely. .
Hitting the road again after spending most of last year laid up with a torn knee meniscus. Heading due north, solo, trying to do a journey that keeps me in nature, in isolated out of the way places. No endless miles across the civilized wasteland. I have a destination in mind, but it's the journey that matters. I mastered the fine art of condensing my life down to fit into one SUV long ago, but this year's preps make me feel like I've never done it before. Has it been too long? Am I still wild? I have no choice but to go. Because the road into my dreams, into my real life, always seems to be down goodbye road.
Another one of our amazing properties located on the Swan River, right outside of Bigfork, is the Swan River Retreat. This exceptional home has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths and over 4500 sq. ft. of room to make a memorable vacation for up to 10 people. This stretch of the river is famous for tubing, kayaking, SUPs, whitewater rafting and fishing. We are now accepting bookings for this stellar home for Summer of 2020 and even have some late fall rentals available. Head to the link in our profile to take a look!
Not only was I able to check off another national park from the list today, but I had the absolute pleasure of meeting one of my photography icons @frankleeruggles while in the park. To meet someone who has so much passion for these parks, and for conservation, is truly inspiring. Each of us can do so much to protect this land and keep America beautiful 🌲
This last week was my first full assessment week of medical school. It marked the end of our immunology, dermatology, and musculoskeletal block. Now, off to the land of HEENT and neurology. ⚕️📚
When was the last time that you were intentionally did nothing? Rest doesn’t have to look like doing our favorite activity or sleeping. When was the last time we gave ourselves permission to rest? Many of us are 0-100 on the go! We pride ourselves in productivity and achievement so much so that we give in to the slow burn of fatigue.