to the ends of the earth

August 29, 2014 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels







It’s been a long while since I’ve seen a view like this. A view where you can almost see the curvature of the earth and watch the sun go down on one end while tracking the movement of the shadows traveling across the mountains on the other. It has a way of making you feel very small.

It’s been harder here to ignore my thoughts, looking out into the water, seeing the landscape of the trees, the gradation of the mountains in the distance, and reliving some memories from times past. It’s easier to coast by in the city, whether in NY or Seattle, where you’re caught up in the rush of movement and lights and just “stuff” everywhere. It’s a distraction and it’s been a welcome one.

But I can’t always run away. Surrounded by lots of family on this trip I felt more alone than I had in awhile. Is that weird? It wasn’t exactly what I expected and it was hard. I’ve let go of any expectations that my reactions or emotions right now are rational. To surrender to your feelings is humbling in a way because we don’t always have control over them, do we?

And a view like this reminds me that there’s more out there. More places to see, more memories to be made, more life.

*Photos from Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island.

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  • Celina August 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Beautiful! Where were these taken?

    • Jenna August 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      oops! I added the location to the post. Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island

  • Brenda August 30, 2014 at 12:07 am

    “And a view like this reminds me that there’s more out there. More places to see, more memories to be made, more life.”

    This are powerful words and I absolutely LOVE them.

  • Caroline August 30, 2014 at 2:40 am

    So beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  • sarah | little house pantry August 30, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Great shots, Jenna! Looks like you had a great trip. Glad you got to spend some time in the San Juans is August. It’s my favorite time the be up there. Come to Lopez next time!

    • Jenna September 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I do want to go to Lopez!

  • Barbara August 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Such gorgeous tree-top views, your photos capture. This post reminds me of a Walter Winchell comment, “An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery.” Beautiful, Jenna.

  • Pink Ronnie August 31, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Oh Jenna, my thoughts continue to be with you…
    Ronnie xo

  • RebeccaNYC August 31, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    your feelings are your feelings, and it’s good to have the time to process them. No judgment, just sit with them. Grief is a lonely business, indeed. xo

  • Mirna September 1, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Wonderful photos, wonderful words. Both beautiful and moving .
    Yes, you have more memories to make.

  • Marina September 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Your honesty, your words, and reflections are all so beautiful. You’ve helped me through some tough times. Thank you for sharing.