Cliff Jumping, in cascade canyon

One of the many adventures mountain man Mike & I fell in love doing together is Cascade Canyon. We ended up jumping cascade after our wedding in lieu of dancing, with our bridal party.  We would go 15-20x a summer. Typically we would go every Sunday after church and some Saturday’s as well and some afternoons after work. Anyone that wanted to come, was welcome. We’ve taken countless college students, colleagues, friends of friends, family.  This is the 9th summer and we hadn’t had the chance to go, so we thought it would be fun to take our college students.

Turns out the huge afternoon rainstorms we’ve been having have made the water higher than we typically take people in. I decided I would be the photo taker as well as towel carrier at the bottom of the canyon, waiting for the jumpers.  It was beautiful as always. Unfortunately with the higher water, and cold water, only 3 of the 15 made it all the way through!

I cannot blame the others for turning around or climbing out when you can. Overall It was a fantastic afternoon, after church.

The group, plus 5 others who are not pictured

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Hammock=Enjoying the moment

I’ve always preferred being outside, from the moment I wake up until I go to bed. I have a great appreciation for quietness & the sounds of nature. I didn’t grow up with music in my ears nor the tv on at home. I grew up outside, where I’d climb tree’s and eat it’s fruits for hours, sitting on a tree branch high up, watching the clouds go by. I would ride my bike with just the sound of wind in my hair. As I grew, I really enjoyed summit-ting mountains, just to sit in the stillness at the top. Taking in the breathtaking beauty all around me, being in Awe of God.

Then I was introduced to the hammock! Ok really, it is the perfect place to just BE. You just sit or lay back, being swayed by the breeze. All you can see is whatever gorgeous view you set up by or the sky with the clouds floating past. The only sounds, are the birds chirping or a rushing stream or the gentle wind. All too often I feel we have lost the art of being, of being still. We prefer to DO.

Our lives fill up so quickly and it passes us by even quicker. When was the last time you just stopped and just WERE? Just soaked in the present moment and enjoyed just being. It’s not about emptying your mind and going numb, but when we get away and just ARE, we can focus on the Lord & praise His name. If it’s been a while, I suggest you start now. Grab a hammock and find your perfect place. hammock ambassador 044

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**Disclaimer: this past July I became an Ambassador for Elevate Hammocks. It is a local company that makes a high quality product for an affordable price. I get no benefit for selling hammocks, just the joy of seeing others enjoy!**

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