With the busy season (ALMOST) done, I’m so excited to have time to sit down and rethink so many aspects of my business, come up with new ideas for the future and just in general have time to enjoy the growth of what’s happening rather than stressing through every moment. I’m so jazzed to explore new avenues of this little venture I’ve created and see it mature through this coming season 🌱🌿🌷
Life is a collection of road trips. This past year, I've had the pleasure of seeing the Grand Canyon, the San Juans of Colorado, The Seven Devils of Idaho, the Sawtooths, the Grand Tetons, and now the North Cascades up close and in person. We will be hitting the road again very very soon. Stay tuned..
We are partnering with @winnerdestination for a Columbia River Wine Cruise Fundraiser!
The cruise will make its voyage July 14-22, 2019 with stops along the Columbia River. A portion of the funds raised will support association education and marketing programs for SDCVA member wineries and vineyards.
Space is filling up fast! To reserve your spot contact Melinda Jarrell at Melinda@WinnerDestination.com 🍷🛳
Summited a mountain today... Topped good ole South Sister @ 10,200ft in elevation. Been itching to do this one for some time now. Backpacked in and spent the night at 9,000ft at Teardrop Lake(pic 5). People were coming down on the way in saying they couldn’t make it due to 50 mile/hr wind gusts. It died down and stopped whipping the tent to death sometime in the middle of the night for a perfect day. Woke up early to get some sunrise shots, and to finish the steep trek to the top. Was sliding a lot ascending and descending the scree, but made it. From the top, Mt Adams, Hood, Jefferson and Three Finger Jack were all visible in the distance(pic 1). Hope to top them all! Ready for the next one... /
We work hard to bring you the most wholesome local ingredients in every bite of our ice cream. Like these perfectly ripened organic plums grown nearby at @collinsfamilyorchards , they are the stars of our Vegan Plum Crisp. Come in and try it for yourself and you'll see why the best ingredients make a difference. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Caring for a terminally ill loved one is perhaps one of the most trying experiences one can ever face. I witnessed it firsthand as my wife @shanns2205 rose to the occasion from the moment her Dad, Don, was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer to post-chemotherapy and his final days under hospice care. From picking up frantic 4 a.m. phone calls to administering medicine and treatments to finding the perfect meal to appeal to a lackluster appetite to funeral pre-planning, I cannot think of a stronger person whose compassion, patience, and love radiated through her gentle words and actions. Though the light at the end of the tunnel always seemed so distant, she became that light to her Dad and those around her every moment.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just days before Don’s passing, I captured this intimate moment between Shannon and her Dad. My hope is that it sheds light on the pain and havoc that cancer brings to patients and families around the world and the dire need for a cure someday. Above all, I hope this gives a glimpse into the man Don was. He brightened any room with his signature beard, humor and charm. He continued to make jokes and laughs until the very end. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
To honor Don’s life, support his wife Trish, and continue the work of some of the important causes he championed including delighting children in hospitals during Christmas time as “Santa” and rescuing animals, the family has set up a @GoFundMe memorial fund. More info can be found in the link in my profile. Thank you for your love and support. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
At the end, when one dies, it does not mean that they’ve lost to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live. Don embodied this and more and that kind of life that he lived fully is what matters. Family, faith, love for life, service for his country, joy, and generosity are far more powerful than any form of cancer or illness in the world. Shine on, Don! #RIP#cancerawareness