My family escaped from it all this weekend to go camping at a remote Oregon wilderness area called Gordon Lakes. It was really lovely to take a breath and reset. We’ve been pretty housebound here, doing our part to stay home and stay safe as much as we can. While we still take walks to neighboring parks, I’ve missed traveling this summer, and really loved the chance to spend a few days in a different place with a different mindset. We also had a bit of a COVID scare, with a persistent cough that turned out to just be a cold. To celebrate the relative freedom of a negative test, it was lovely to pack up tents and sleeping bags and head out into the great outdoors.
Being out in nature soothes my soul on a deep level. Everything gets stripped to the essentials. There is something very freeing about only needing to worry about the basics of survival–food, water, shelter. All the noise of our daily grind just drops away. Of course, it helps that we had plentiful food, a ready water supply and lots of layers against the cold. That meant we had more time to focus on fun and relaxation–without a screen in sight. The campground had a few hiking trails with gorgeous scenery to soak in, from fireweed in full bloom to the mirror clear lakes.
We went on one longer hike to explore the surrounding area and take in some different views. I have fallen off my exercise routine in recent months, so the steep uphills were challenging, but very worth it. I’m still be a little sore and mosquito bitten, all just mementos of a nice change of pace. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping my feet in the lake and watching the dragonflies swoop and dive.
All these little experiences, with their wonder and serenity, feed my creativity and refill my writing well. While the way the mist rises off the lake in the early morning hours might not make it directly into a book, the feeling and magic of the moment will. And both my writing and my life will be the better for it. I feel really blessed to live in a part of the United States with such an abundance of natural treasures and scenic hide-a-ways. Though every part of the world can be beautiful in it’s own way.
What’s your favorite place to get away from it all and recharge?
Jaycee Jarvis has been an avid romance reader since devouring all the Sweet Dreams books her middle school library had to offer. Also a fantasy fan from an early age, she often wished those wondrous stories had just a bit more kissing. Now she writes stories with a romantic heart set against a magical backdrop, creating the kind of book she most likes to read.
When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of pets.
Jaycee is a Golden Heart® finalist and author of the Hands of Destin series. The award winning first book in that series, Taxing Courtship, released in June 2018.
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