The past week here in Oregon has been full of the promise of spring, with sunny days, chilly nights and flowers in full bloom. The trees are not yet leafing out, and only the earliest blossoms have opened, but there is an undeniable feeling in the air as the days get longer and warmer.
This time of year always fills me with hope and energy, when it feels like summer is just around the corner. That is especially true this year, since the winter was long, dreary and lonely. I’m ready to face forward and embrace optimism. More and more people I know have gotten the covid vaccine, and it is really beginning to feel like we are coming out of the worst of the pandemic as well. What a difference a year makes!
With indoor activities still limited, it is a blessing to be able to spend more time outside and soak up the sunshine. I’ve gone on a lot of walks the last few days, and my family has been hiking more on the weekends. There are lots of natural areas in Oregon. While we’ve gotten pretty familiar with some of them over the last few months, there are always new trails to discover. Some of my favorite places to go aren’t a great choice in the winter because of the risk of ice or snow. I’m looking forward to visiting some old favorites and maybe trying some new hikes as the weather gets better.
What are your favorite spring time activities? Have you been getting outdoors lately?
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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