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17th January 2017
Towering Redwoods

Feeding the soul
I'm one of those people who has annual goals and five year goals. I think resolutions are fantastic...you don't need to keep all of them but there is power in writing them down and power in visualizing what you want. Loved the progression of this blog as well as your appreciation for those things around you....each park and each hike had a place in your heart. I certainly hope more blogs will follow. The redwoods are spectacular. Loved the Loch and all the amazing nature you shared with us. Loved the proposal. MJ
17th January 2017
Towering Redwoods

Thanks MJ! I agree, there's something about writing or vocalizing resolutions that can incentivize action. Plus, I'm a list person. I like writing everything down because I think it clear my mind to focus on my priorities (I think there is research to support this...). I hope you are both doing really well and enjoying some lovely sun (it's really cold up North right now)!
17th January 2017

I know for me hiking in these very forests when I was a child was like a dream. I've wanted to return for years, I usually say when I've run out of hiking trails in BC I'll go see the redwoods again, but that hasn't happened yet. ....And am I the only one that didn't know you were married to Ali?! Awesome.
17th January 2017

Thanks for your sweet post, Andrea. Yes, I'm not sure when we will return either. Ali was lucky enough to visit Yosemite as well, but I wasn't able to join at the time -- talk about something I want to go back and do! Still, when the weather is nice, we are finding some different yet beautiful hikes in Oregon too (you may want to add it to your list and ditto BC for us!). And yes, we've both always kept things private -- and we both meant to write blogs, but as you can see, quite behind! ;)
14th January 2017

Seeing the wood from the trees
As trees are major contributors to the oxygen that sustains our existence and stimulates our grey matter, and being that Redwoods are the World's largest trees, me thinks that your Redwood walks have definitely paid off Michelle. Obviously works well for Ali. Stroke of genius to pull out a ring while pretending to do up his shoe after reaching the summit. Gotta give it to those Redwood trees...gotta thank them for that extra draught of oxygen too!
15th January 2017

Thanks Dave! Agreed, Ali took me by surprise and it was such a fitting proposal. Can't wait to explore the trees in our new State (and get some much-needed oxygen as well). ;)
13th January 2017

New Year Resolution Write a blog
[photo=7177523] It's good to see your blog again, Michelle! If I can single out the two distinct parts of your blog that I felt are great, First, I like your resolution. I loved your earlier blog on Monkey Business in Ubud. Like to see more coming. Second, I like the climax at the end. I have crossed that part in my life, otherwise the shoelace tying technique to propose tying the knot is quite appealing. Congratulations, and best wishes for you and the family. One question, is it a lily or orchid in the Portola Redwoods Park?
13th January 2017

Thanks for reading and commenting Tab! I believe the flowers are lilies -- not sure the specific type. I've never seen orchids growing in the wild except in SE Asia where the humidity helps so much. I'm sure they're around the world, but such fragile flowers! ;)
13th January 2017

Good to see you writing again!
Great blog and lovely photos... it looks so peaceful... I wish I was there right now! :)
13th January 2017

Thanks for reading, Deni. Me too! We're currently holed up at home due to a record snowfall -- pretty in its own way though. ;)
13th January 2017

Nice reminder
Funny how life can see things happen that you would not have expected to occur or achieve for many years, yet other things that you resolve to do year after year go by the wayside! Stunning area - and even Stanford Dish Loop wasn't the most exciting trail, it gets the best story! Thanks for the reminder about kickstarting the blog writing too ;-)
13th January 2017

So true, Jo! I started this blog back when we were actually hiking, and the hindsight tickled me -- to think of all the things we really didn't see coming. Agreed on the blog writing, if I'm really ambitious and we keep getting record breaking snows over here, I might even get to write a second blog this year! ;)
13th January 2017

Five years since your last blog!!!
And so much has happened! I like how you transitioned from hiking, to Ali bending down to tie his hiking boot and then holding up an engagement ring. I look forward to reading many more blogs from you and Ali.
13th January 2017

Thanks Bob! Haha, not quite 5 years since my last blog (I managed to squeeze one in about the Ubud Monkey Forest, but moved it date-wise to where it belonged so it requires some scrolling). I will find encouragement in your words and try to write some more -- can't promise on Ali's behalf, but I would love to read more from him, too.
7th August 2016

So thrilled you dusted off your keyboard!
Wow! Great to read your blog again. Keep them coming. Monkey business indeed. We have a good friend in D.C. and overtime someone mentions a monkey he says, those damn monkey's! Not a fan. They always look so inappropriate. Great photos.
8th August 2016

Thanks MJ! Yeah -- going through the photos made me decide to whip something up -- 20 minutes -- didn't know that was possible!! Thanks for reading~ :)
4th August 2016
cutest monkey smile!

Tender or terrors?
Those babes with their little mohawks are so cute, and how funny and adorable when one climbed up to groom you. But yikes, those tales of terror were scary--glad you escaped unscathed.
5th August 2016
cutest monkey smile!

Thanks Tara -- agreed! They're awfully cute -- especially those mischievous expressions -- but I'll be a bit more wary next time before I let one climb on me.
4th August 2016
what's this?

Awww...
This is so super adorable! :D
4th August 2016
what's this?

Thanks Ren! Yeah -- he was really cute. So glad his mom wasn't nearby. ;)

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