bamboo fence outside of the meditation cabin at Stillpoint Lodge
In the middle of August, in between ski trips to New Zealand and Chile, I took a short trip to Halibut Cove, Alaska with my dad. We stayed at a beautiful lodge/retreat center (Stillpoint) in the cove and explored the area for a few days. The idea was to get away from the everyday patterns that has become my life when I'm home: emails, quick meals, appointments, errands, meetings, workouts, etc.
kayaking through the cove
Halibut Cove was the perfect place to escape. Although there was internet access in the lodge, there was none in our cabin, and I chose to turn my phone off while I was there anyway (I was secretly hoping that internet would not exist there). So I brought a good book (The Goldfinch--AMAZEBALLS), my violin, some knitting, and disconnected for a few days.
the entryway in Stillpoint Lodge
the bottle barricade at Stillpoint's garden
flowers lining the paths of the Stillpoint grounds
the labyrinth up close
Walking the labyrinth at Stillpoint, sitting on the bench at the overlook point, meditating every morning in the meditation cabin--these were the "nothings" that I went to Alaska for. Although I always look forward to coming home to Oregon, every time I return I have a silent excruciating battle with myself. My to-do list is way way way too extensive. I want to see far too many friends. I want to spend time with my family. I want to paint.
My mind did not return to these things often while I was in Alaska (other than wanting to paint--which I did!), and when it did, I noticed the tension it brought to my body, and started to understand how to control these obligatory thoughts. 'twas a relief.
Though I was in a walking boot (due to a stress fracture in my foot--ughhh), we did a lot of kayaking. One day we took a short jaunt (via kayaks) up to a glacier, which was incredibly beautiful and made me yearn for winter, steep mountains, cold water. See the glacier above! Neat!
view of the cove from part way up the glacial hike
kayaking past a mussel farm on the way to the base of the hike
Aside from kayaking there weren't any active pursuits I could accomplish....so we did a lot of floating on the ocean. There was one day where the ocean water was as glassy as I've ever seen any water. It was in the middle of a storm, while we were heading to Diana Tillion's gallery across the cove.
glassiest ocean eva!!!
We did yoga. We went Halibut fishing (and I barfed 5 times). We ate yummy yummy food from the Stillpoint garden. It was a glorious couple of days. I certainly plan on going back. Check out the rest of my photos below.
one of the docks adjacent to Stillpoint
accessorizing the Saltry Restaurant (also yummy)
Alaskan peaks lit up by the setting sun (around 22:00) // moments after the sun set
Halibut fishing outside of Homer
organized hoarder's dock
from Halibut Cove's cemetery/park
looking the other direction!
dusk from Homer (iPhone photo)
Stillpoint Lodge from the garden (look at all the yummy vegetables)
dad at sea! (MOUNTAINSSSSSSS)
a very glassy moment from Stillpoint's dock
bright buoys // bald birdie
the cove's arch
outside the meditation cabin
sun setting on Halibut Cove
the dock walkway
a funny blue circular bulb
from the cemetery again
adventures to and from, here and there, home and away, around the world--through my eyes, lens, and mind