Monday, November 30, 2009

Road Trip!

Traditionally C.'s family spends Thanksgiving on his aunt's farm in the foothills of Northern Oregon. Since driving is such a bug-bear anyway, we decided to have a little extended holiday on the way down there. On Sunday we headed to one of our favorite places: the rainy coastline and lush forests that are the Olympic Peninsula.


Our first stop was the town of Forks, WA, the setting for a certain book and film franchise about vampires, and in very obvious subtext, chastity. While the most of the rainiest town in the Union is (understandably so) cashing in on the phenomenon, one motel voiced its dissent. We felt the need to support them in their solitary quest to save their town from teenage vampires. (C. tries to summon sullen vampire look. Fails.)
In Forks we also made our biggest purchase and splurge, which is in fact, an advance Christmas present: A pair of xtratuf wellingtons for me. Hands down one of the best, most useful presents ever! They certainly came in handy (footy?) on this trip.
For the first two nights we camped in Kalaloch, a little ways past the magnificent Hoh rain forest. The first night the weather was uncannily dry, even warm. The moon was out in half and we took a stroll in the low tide, carrying out red storm lantern and looking for little washed out treasures. It was pretty darn romantic.

After that it rained for two days straight though, and everything we owned got thoroughly soggy, not that it mattered. On our way down the coast we stopped in Quinolt, where I swear I kept looking at "land for sale signs". In the middle of nowhere on the foothills of the most beautiful mountains where it rains enough to keep away Californian retirees, and Seattle yuppees, might just be a perfect place for a little hippie compound. (Not really. I love my Island too much.)
They also have 6 of the world's tallest trees of their particular kind within like a 5 mile radius. This one's a spruce.

Winter is an awesome time to visit the Peninsula, because there are no other people around. The crowds come in the summer, hoping for less rain, even though rain is what makes this place so magical. It was lucky for us however, that the previous weeks windstorms had subsided. On our hike in Quinoult we saw a trail crew cutting trough huge fallen trees that had fallen onto the path.



We're going back in January. But wait, there's more...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Light Brigade

This Friday some of our friends are going to have "a firelight parade" where they walk in white clothes, carrying lanterns around the village. This reminds me of the Lucia Day-tradition back home, when in each school, town and church crowns one girl with candles and wreaths in honor of St. Lucia, the bringer of light into this darkest time of the year.

Taking place on December 13th, this Christian holiday is obviously a remnant of and earlier pagan tradition. I was thinking of dressing up as St. Lucia for Halloween, but perhaps Winter Solstice would suffice since I wont be here for the parade. I'm sure it will be wonderful.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

What have you been doing?

Well, personally, I've been busier than it would appear from this here picture.


I did Dump-find me some new Justins, but mostly I've been:

Hanging out in tattoo parlors.
Identifying mystery shrooms.
(fluted elfin saddle)
Going to the Cat's wake.

Helping out with invisibility cloaks, goblins, courtiers and goddesses at our local Shakespeare performance.



Enjoying fall bounty.

Taking pictures of horses again.

And decorating.

(Thanks Jen!)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wedding!

It's about time I share our wedding celebrations with you guys. A little over a month ago C. and I renewed our wows here on our "home" beach at the park, with his family, my adopted American family, and the more or less the whole Island . The weather was perfect, the people were merry, and wonderful decorations, food, flowers, bridal bouquet, flower headdress, venison, salmon, champagne and even a wedding cake appeared, as though by magic, without us even daring to wish for them. It was the perfect celebration to end the summer, and a perfect wedding day, not because weddings should be perfect, but because it all came together in such a natural, organic way. We felt very loved by our community.

The ceremony was performed by the Honorable Callie Blue of the Universal Church of Life.
In her hands she held a copy of Time Magazine's Love Issue.

"The Priest Wore A Sailor Uniform"
We were walked down "the isle" by Charlie's mom and AnnMarie, who's my dear friend here. Also a random dog walked along.
My bride's maids are the coolest and cutest.

Circle up!
Part of the ceremony was everybody writing these prayer flags for us and then we all strung them together.


Talu and Madrona made us this ah-mazing wedding cake.
My dear friend and mentor Russ salutes us all.


Could you tell I changed right after the ceremony? I just wanted to be comfy and hang out on the beach. Woolen heirloom dresses are no good for dancing around the bonfire. And dance around the bonfire we did. All night.

Wish you could have been there.


(all photos by Gregg Blomberg and Richard Ward)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

And the winner is...


Are! Psyche! I pulled out three winners instead of one. Congrats to Andrea, Caroline, the otherAndrea!