My aunt and uncle own an art studio down in Aloha, OR. They lived in Hawaii for 25 years, which makes their current town a well suited place for them to create beautiful works of art. I try to visit them a few times a year, and when I do, I always document the new work they're creating.
This has been an unusually cold summer in Seattle. Or perhaps I have only been around for unusually warm summers. July was filled with highs in the low 70s, drizzling rain over the 4th of July, and all attempts to cling to every last ray of sunshine that graced us over these precious couple of months.
For the fourth of July, twenty of my closest friends and I drove east to Cle Elum for the long weekend. Visits to eastern Washington are always a treat. The clouds part over the mountains and it's forest as far as the eye can see.
We spent those few precious vacation days lounging by the lake and consuming inordinate amounts of food. The time in the sun did us all some good before jumping straight back into the next work week.
Although, there was a small hiccup, in which a group of my friends almost drowned while tubing down the river. Luckily, they were alive, albeit greatly shaken at the end of that particular day.