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Travel theme: Big

As my sister Lisa reports over at “Northwest Frame of Mind,” she, our Dad (at “Around and About the Pacific Northwest“) and I all snap photos where ever we go, and since we’ve all been blogging here at WordPress, it’s become pretty obvious that we see the world through similar lenses, with our personal perspectives too though, of course. We all recently spent the weekend together and have all already posted many shots from the day trip up into the Mt. Baker Wilderness area. A big adventure with our kids and their BIG personalities. Perfect fodder for Ailsa’s travel theme: Big.

Dad presents an image of a  big old doug fir, and here I present the same big old fir with a dollop of big personality:

IMG_7631 And now some new additions to the array we’ve all added. First up, a big climb for little legs. We didn’t quite make it up to the top of Table Mountain, but a valiant effort was made by all.

IMG_7696Back down at the trail head of Artists Point, this image captures a moment of big intrigue for little ones: “Could we find snow bears in there, mama?” (She knows better, but can’t help imagining what might lurk under the mysterious “snert field”).

IMG_7762A great day full of big fun with big views and leaving us all with big ideas to share with the blog-o-sphere.

IMG_7786Summer in the Pacific Northwest offers up big opportunities, for sure. What a backdrop.


Travel theme: Tilted

Once this “tilt” became the preferred position, we knew that the swing’s utility had to decline. A fun foreshadowing of our little one’s off-kilter views …



… still present today, in many ways:

Caught mid-flip, one braid up, the other down

Caught mid-flip, one braid up, the other down

Not sure if this is quite what Ailsa had in mind with the “tilted” travel photo challenge, but it’s what first came to my mind when I thought of possible entries this morning. Enjoy 🙂

© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

Travel theme: Simplicity

Ailsa’s travel theme for the week, Simplicity, brought to mind the moment captured in the snapshot here.  Sometimes less really is more– an important ideal to keep in mind as we wade through our too-busy, stuff-cluttered day-to-day lives.


© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

Travel Theme: Flow

Ailsa’s latest travel theme, at where’s my backpack, is “flow.”

Flow: a state of being,  a state of fluidity. A study of contrasts. Psychologically, a state of flow happens when you become so immersed in your work or activity that time seemingly stands still yet slips away from you at the same time, by definition, an altered state of consciousness. A glorious day at the beach (this one here is the public beach in Manzanita, Oregon), flows for us, leaving us refreshed. Flow is good.

flow, in multiple instantiations

flow, in multiple instantiations

time standing still in the movement of the moment

time standing still in the movement of the moment

Where does the day go?

Where does the day go?

© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

Travel Theme: Peaceful

We happily chant “Never a bad day at the beach!” as often as we can, my family and I. As we round that first bend on Highway 101 eagerly seeking a first glimpse of the expansive Pacific, a collective and audible group sigh escapes from our lips and the the sense of calm we so eagerly seek begins to set in. I can hear it now: the crashing surf, the calling gulls. I can smell it too: the salty musty scent of the sea breeze. Ah, the peace. It’s lovely here. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_2050IMG_2031

For more entries to this challenge, visit “Where’s my Backpack.” Thanks, Ailsa, for inspiring idea.

© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

Travel Theme: Costume

This week’s travel theme from “Where’s my Backpack” is too great to resist! As serendipity would have it, my Dad recently reminded me of some great pics that fit the theme too. Over the years we’ve scanned some gems from the family photo archives at my Grandma’s house (who, BTW, recently rang-in 95 years). Speaking of my Dad, look how cute he was, playing dress-up with his big brother.

ron dick indian headresses grandma hulaAnd just look at my fun-loving grandma! That spark is still there, though her hula impressions are long gone.

Dressing up as something you’re not seems to be deeply ingrained in the human condition, and my daughter is no exception in loving to pretend.IMG_6617

Tree sprite or wicked-witch, costumes make our lives richer, don’t they?

IMG_5156© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

Travel Theme: Pathways

Sometimes, there’s only one way home


Ah, the ferry line on San Jaun Island

No matter how endless


the path home  to Anacortes, WA

nor how circuitous


my daughter loves to walk the labyrinth her own way, though there is a prescribed way, yet both are by nature circuitous

the options may appear. But pathways like these are wonderful indeed. Thanks for the fun idea, Ailsa, at “Where’s my Backpack“.

© Erica K O’Shea at “”, 2013.

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