Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Camping

Recently we returned from a beautiful fun-filled camping trip.
It's been a crazy summer with too much going on and I hadn't really felt relaxed since school got out.

But put me in the mountains with...
Chilly mornings
Warm sunny afternoons by the pool
Cold evenings by the campfire toasting marshmallows
Full bodied red wine (yes, red wine even while camping)And I actually started to unwind! 
Because there is nothing quite like being in the mountains. (except maybe being at the beach, but that's a story for another day)

While there I went for an early morning run with breezes in the dense leaves, laughter of kids on bikes in their pajamas, scents of bacon cooking on open fires, coffee brewing in the open air, early campfires lit to chase the morning chill..  and I finally hit my stride. Literally.

Summer Sketchbook, "Leaves", watercolor and ink, Erin Rogers Pickering

Relaxed, calm, happy, totally chill and feeling wonderful.
Summer Sketchbook, "Leaves with Patterns", watercolor and ink, Erin Rogers Pickering

As I was finishing up my run a leaf fell right in my path.
One perfect orange and yellow Autumn leaf.
The first sign of fall - and just as I was hitting my summer stride.