Over the Puget Sound and whitewater rivers—through coastal woods morphing into inland forests, we traveled home to the Okanogan Highlands—and temperatures in the teens. Brrr. Tears were shed as we left behind our temporary pack, lifelong friends and family.
Urban amenities I miss:
- pumpkin yogurt and Sawatdy Thai cuisine,
- the Bainbridge Athletic Club, and
- Gazzam Park’s needle strewn trails.
What I embrace instead:
- frozen mango sorbet,
- my elliptical and rowing machines, and
- Okanogan National Forest.
Evidently both ambivalence and resilience describe me. Now I’m bending my mind around edits to SOUNDINGS, Water Elemental, along with other authorial tasks. Winter cave time approaches as flames crackle in the soapstone fireplace and Nina Sophia, Italian greyhound extraordinaire, stretches out on the rug with a sigh.