We are home from a weekend yurt getaway to celebrate my husband and our second daughter’s birthdays.Â There was a driving rain most of the time, so we skipped the frigid beach in favor of a hike through the woods.
As we started out, we came across an open space full of toadstools, most toppled over by the wind (or grouchy gnomes perhaps?).
Tucked in under the thick patches of ancient evergreen huckleberries and salal, and sometimes even wandering across the path, were many Rough-skinned newts, with their vibrant orange bellies.Â The kids made up names and biographies for each and every one they found.Â “Shalbert”, “Mona”, “Jean Grey”, “Jimmy” and the others all were given lengthy and elaborate backstories before returning them to their homes.
After our hike, it was back to the yurt as the rains and wind really began to pound.Â In fact, we couldn’t even get a fire going, and resorted to driving in to town for take-out Chinese.Â Then we huddled up in our sleeping bags and quilts, listening to Casey read aloud until we drifted off (Daddy does the best voices, after all).
Back tomorrow with our Sunday cider-pressing with dear friends on the coast and some travel knitting.