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Wahclella Falls

 

A few summers ago, I was working at Camp Arnold and my roommate was a feisty rule breaking girl named Sarah Jane. She was kind of a thorn in my flesh – always breaking the rules I followed without question, and laughing off my need for abiding by the rules. Her side of the room was all blue, and my side of the room was all pink.

But man, I loved her. I have a very vivid memory of playing songs on a guitar while she danced around our room in her underwear, singing. I think we were supposed to be helping for camp clean up, but she had rubbed off on me a little bit.

Life has looked different for us in the years since then, but I don’t know if you can separate a bond like summer camp roommates, regardless of how opposite you may appear to be.

Last week we went hiking at a place she’d never been, Wahclella Falls. When we went for our Girls Hike, we’d missed the exit and ended up turning around at Wahclella Falls and since then I’d been excited to make my way back. The day was absolutely beautiful – sunny but not scorching. Bright but not blinding. and Sarah Jane breathed so much life into me. She made me cry and rubbed my back while she did it.

and the best part.

She’s pregnant. and I’m so excited for her to raise a little fireball of a child, because she is going to be speaking so much confidence, truth and encouragement into their life, just like she did, does and always has done for me.

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Elowah Falls Girls Hike

On Saturday night of our basketball tournament, one of my friends looked at me and said “I want to go hiking.” I asked her what she was doing the following Saturday. She said “nothing,” and our friends standing by us said “nothing,” as well. “Next Saturday it is,” I said. That night I went home, decided we’d go to Elowah Falls and made a Facebook Event. I invited a bunch of girls.

and then… we went hiking. It was great; I love when people I know meet other people I know. I don’t like disconnect in my life; I don’t like when people haven’t met important people in my life, and I don’t like when parts of my life feel separated from each other.

I kept commenting on how GREEN everything was. Like… yeah, I live in the EVERGREEN state but it was a little overcast and for some reason, the lack of color in the sky made the green stand out that much more.

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Elowah Falls // stephanieorefice.net(this is my favorite picture taken all day. I have no idea why.. maybe because Adriana looks super adventurey!)

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When we finally got to the Falls, I got as close as I could before I could no longer stand the water drops on my glasses. This is the only thing I hate about wearing glasses…

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I found this little slug. and I kept thinking “little slug, do you even realize that you are sliming along so close to something SO BEAUTIFUL?” and I wonder how often God thinks similar thoughts about me.

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We all sat around by the waterfall for awhile. Quite awhile. and it was perfect.

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After a bit, I decided to go crawling over rocks by myself. I found a nice little space that I easily could have lived in for the rest of my entire life. There was even a mossy rock I could have used as a bed.

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as I was getting ready to crawl back to my friends I stopped to take just ONE MORE picture of flowers, and the focus kept bouncing between the flowers and the raindrops on the petals. and I realized.. you can choose to focus on the raindrops or you can focus on the flowers. It was a deep moment.

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It was a day that I needed badly. I long to be outside and exploring all the time, and to do so with a bunch of great women was perfect. We all agreed it will happen again.. I’m so excited to keep this going.

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Bridal Veil Falls

A few weeks ago I posted about how Mei-Ling and I went in search of pretty things. We started with Lower Latourell Falls. We chose to just do the lower portion so we could keep driving and exploring. A little while down the road is Bridal Veil Falls. It’s a beautiful little detour – neither Lower Latourell Falls nor Bridal Veil Falls really feels like a full, complete hike so pairing both of them together is a great quick, easy hike. Especially on a beautiful day, like the one we lucked out with.

We even saw a wedding photo shoot! I think it was a real wedding but after I told her that she looked beautiful I got insecure that maybe it was just for a website or something! Either way, she was beautiful.

I’m ready for another adventure day. Summer come quickly!

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Latourell Falls

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE.

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tis the season for adventure shoes and waterfalls.

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My adventure shoes are coming out of hibernation. On one of the most beautiful days of the year so far, Mei-Ling and I took to the Columbia Gorge for looking at pretty things, as she kept saying.

We were on a bit of a time constraint so we went to lower Latourell Falls. The full upper loop is absolutely beautiful.. though back in November I experienced it with ice and snow and I did not love that at all. But on a nice sunny day, it’s so beautiful. TLC lied… go chasing waterfalls, because they’re so beautiful.

Latourell Falls, Columbia River Gorge // Oregon // stephanieorefice.net

My favorite part of the hike was stopping to take pictures of flowers and bugs and everything I saw. Sometimes people are like “put your camera and your phone down and just enjoy the moment,” but I find that I enjoy the moment MORE when I’m taking pictures of all of it…. anyone else???

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California Adventure – Day 2 & the Halters

The best April 2nd of my life, hands down.

We started by going out for breakfast. I was sandwiched in-between Lucy and Layla, which is my all time favorite place to be. We started a synchronized eating team, taking bites of food at the same time to help them focus on eating.

My left-hand(ed) girl, Lucy:

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and my right-hand(ed) girl, Layla:

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It was so much fun to spend the day with them – it was kind of surreal to drive to where they’re staying, hang out, and sleep away from them. I’m so used to falling asleep and waking up at their house. But this whole trip was so I could see these beautiful little faces and I am so grateful I got to see them for a little bit.

The whole day was really relaxed – we spent a lot of time sitting in the warmth of the backyard, sometimes talking and sometimes just sitting and watching the kids play football.

april 2 // stephanieorefice.netLucy especially loves my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera, so before I left I made sure to stock up on film so that we could add to their collection of pictures we’ve taken together. Usually I end up keeping the not-so-great pictures but this time I felt really sentimental (and apparently really selfish) and I kept the super cute ones, like the one of Layla and her cup and Jackson and Lucy.

It’s actually stupid how much I love these two little twins. I am already scheming and dreaming up a longer trip to visit them in Nashville, hopefully no later than August. Since September of 2013, I’ve seen them once every 3-4 months, and as long as I’m in a season of my life where that’s possible, I’m determined to make it happen.

In case you want to get caught up on these two:

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California Adventure – Day 1 & Disneyland

Last week I took a (verrrry) quick trip to California. I wish I could have stayed one or two or seven more nights.

After landing we got our rental car and headed towards Anaheim. But on the way I saw a Chick-Fil-A sign and IT WAS ALL OVER. I needed Chick-Fil-A and I needed it ASAP.

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Once we finished our gourmet meal, we met up with Jess and Andy and WE WENT TO DISNEYLAND!!! I love Disneyland so much I just want to throw up.

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found my new house 👸✨🌟

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  • I’ve said for a LONG time that the Disneyland Starbucks needed their own “You Are Here” mug… AND I ALMOST DIED WHEN I SAW THEY FINALLY HAD ONE!! Don’t worry, I got one.
  • We spent over an hour in the Indiana Jones line.
  • Then we saw the cutest little cow with pink bows in her hair. I love you, cute pink bow cow.

You know what’s brilliant about Disneyland Starbucks? They have COCONUT syrup! paired with caramel syrup, iced coffee and cream… it is SO DELICIOUS.

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  • How beautiful are the flowers around this window?
  • The last time I was at Disneyland was with Jess, and we didn’t take a picture together so I’m glad we remembered to this time.
  • While we waited in line for Indiana Jones, we carried on the “where is the Indiana Jones ride?” conversation that I’m basically having NONSTOP. While we waited in line for the tram to take us back to the parking lot, I realized that behind the palm trees ahead of us was a bunch of fake green hills that were probably ON THE INDIANA JONES RIDE BUILDING.

Hey, can we all make this blog really popular so that maybe Disneyland will hook me up with a day of walking around and finding out a bunch of secrets? Sounds like a plan to me. 🙂

 

It’s crazy that this wasn’t even a full day in California – I only woke up and fell asleep in California for one day, but for the sake of not having one giant post, I’ll write about that later.

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