on this bike ride i saw two people fall down while skateboarding, twenty-seven dogs (three of which were french bull dogs), four surfboards, six frisbees, two drones, a million bonfires, and a partridge in a pear tree. summers are pretty crazy down here by the beach, crowds of adults, teenagers, and children in all directions. lately most of my bike rides have consist of dodging children and slow walkers, but hey, it makes for some great people watching. and nothing beats catching the sun set behind the ocean, in that moment all the people and the chaos seem to disappear. it’s like the world slows down for a second. it reminds me how lucky i am to live in this place.
taking a picture while riding a bike is not as easy as it looks. no matter where i am, the desert, the mountains, the river, or the beach, golden hour has always been my favorite. i swear the world gets calmer for that short period of time. i’m telling you, not much beats biking around watching the sun set on the ocean.
the best part of living at the beach is being able to ride bikes all the time. it’s such a nice, relaxing outlet after a long day. it’s so much easier riding bikes down here, than up in the mountains. i’m pretty sure i could do this every day and not get sick of it. sometimes i still pinch myself to make sure i’m not dreaming and this is really my life.
i’ve been watching these guys since Rivers was learning to walk and Jett didn’t even know how to crawl.. now they run, climb, and adventure around with me weekly. i never would have thought they would grow to be such a huge part of my life. lately i just love the way they view things, it always keeps me laughing. they think that my jeep has an “extra fast lever” because i have to shift the gears myself, and that wearing binoculars around their necks make them “world explorers”. Rivers also told me, “God created me, Lala, and he created you, and jetty, and my mom, and all the land. then on the last day he took a rest in a big wooden chair.” this is my favorite age, now i know why people never want their children to grow up.
it’s beginning to look a lot like fall! but sadly, it doesn’t completely feel like it yet. there is rain in the forecast this week though, so i’m keeping my fingers crossed. last year on this day i was frolicking around in the leaves, so i decided to keep the tradition alive by taking a little adventure. i’ve had a busy weekend so it was nice to relax for a little bit and observe the changing leaves. you can really tell how short i am in this picture. i guess do look like i’m twelve..
this morning we woke up to snow on the tip top of our mountains, and dark rain clouds in all directions, so naturally it rained on our walk today and we couldn’t have loved it more. we stomped in puddles, walked super quiet like ninjas so “bad guys” wouldn’t see us, yelled at coyotes, and counted the rain drops that hit our noses. riv insisted on wearing an “office shirt like grandpa” even though i warned him that his head was going to get wet, at least he wore gloves, right? i couldn’t be more excited for more days like this.
a few afternoons ago my friend malerie and i took her dogs on a walk to the cabin in the woods. malerie and i have been friends since second grade and she just recently got married and is now expecting a baby boy! i’m so happy for her and it was so fun to reminisce about our younger days when we would dream about getting married and having babies. i recently discovered this app, called wander co, and i’m now completely addicted. basically what you do is track your hike (or walk, bike ride, just any kind of adventure), and when you’re done you upload a few of the pictures you took during your trek and share a bit about where you went. it’s super easy, and such a neat way to find new trails and hidden gems of the world. if you’d like to follow along, my username is @hawkeysamantha
our poor town has taken a beating over the last couple days, but watching how we’ve all pull together as a community has been so refreshing. on friday afternoon a fire broke out, it burned 4500 acres, and unfortunately caught fifteen structures on fire, along with multiple vehicles on the freeway. several houses were evacuated and the freeway was shut down all day. later that night a second fire started on the mountain right across the highway from my home, it was pretty scary seeing flames from my bedroom window, but firefighters assured us that the wind was blowing it in the opposite direction and would not reach our home. as much as we are sad that a couple hundred acres of our pretty forest burned, we are so thankful to all the firefighters who bravely stayed awake all night to make sure our town was safe. both fires still aren’t completely out, but they are under control. on satuday, it started to pour and it didn’t stop until late sunday night, i don’t think i’ve ever seen it rain so hard in my whole life, at least for that long. roads flooded, washes over flowed, and even a couple trees were swept away; they weren’t kidding when they said flash flood warning. this morning i took the boys i babysit out to check out the conditions of some of the roads (and jump in every puddle), there was about a foot of mud/dirt/rocks covering the street, they had to close the road until a tractor came to start clearing it out. this was one of the better parts of town, one wash took out a whole bridge. pretty crazy, but the rain was a blessing, and despite it being a little hard to get around, we all loved it.
one of my friends told me about this waterfall her and her fiance had found over the weekend, it looked so beautiful i had to find it myself. after hiking around four miles we came across a waterfall, but the funny thing is, it wasn’t the same one my friend had found. i never knew it was so green back up in our mountains, let alone there being multiple waterfalls. it was one of the prettiest hikes i’ve taken, my goal is to hike a lot more new trails this summer. this view! the photo doesn’t do justice, i’ve been so blessed to have grown up in the mountains, i think i often take it for granted.
i’ve been watching these little guys grow up for three years now, each day is such an adventure that i wouldn’t trade for anything. today was not only cloudy and sprinkling, but it was also windy and forty degrees, yet we still made our way to the park and had a blast. they definitely keep my life new and exciting and they will never know how thankful i am for it.