September 12, 2014 by Terumi
Do you ever wonder how your life would be completely different if you didn’t meet certain people? I know without my brother-in-law we would definitely have had a void-he’s always teaching us new things about the outdoors and exploring. And he’s always trying to get me to push my nature boundaries to help me be a good mom to my boys. He and his family have had cabins on Valdes Island for generations now, and because of him, we’ve had so many special memories there and so have my kids.
It’s one of their favorite places in the world. And I love watching them connect with their surroundings, gain confidence in their explorations and just be little, adventurous boys running through the forest.
And if you know me, you’ll know that I’m not the most outdoorsy person. And this place is definitely ALL about the outdoors. So it’s always hard to convince me to go there instead of going somewhere far away or flashy. I always think I’ll die without internet, or power or humans in skyscrapers nearby.
But I think all souls need peacefulness.
And hanging with people we love.
And time to reflect on our little part in nature.
And time to think about how amazing the world out there actually is.
So when I get to Valdes, I’m always amazed.
One night we rowed out to see bioluminescence on the water. And because of it, I don’t think I ever have to see Disneyland magic again. This was real. (And I have no pics. This is the type of moment you just have to experience and enjoy.)
And we saw so much wildlife.
The whales even came by on our boat-ride home to say “So long until next time.” (I’m sure that’s what they said anyways.)
I think all humans just need a little bit more time outdoors.
A little time without internet, running water, tv or phones.
And I’m really thankful for my brother-in-law and his family. And my sis who I absolutely adore.
I’m so thankful they share this space with us.
This little perfect piece of the world.
And a whole lot of peace, nature and time to reflect on what’s really important in life.
Because those are the things we really need.
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