|Tumalo Falls, the start of a great hike.|
|Stereotypical trail views on the hike.|
|Yet another falls view as the hike follows the river.|
|More gorgeous falls.|
|Happy Valley, the turn around for the 8 mile out and back hike.|
Despite being gone for 16 days, there have been so many details to manage for most of those days. It hasn't *really* been being on sabbatical. Sure, we hiked Lassen and Tumalo falls before Seattle, but for the most part, once we got to Seattle, we were just managing driving schedules, sleeping situations, laundry, and planning for the next few weeks. It was more demanding than I expected -- I thought *not working* or at least *working very little* would be very relaxing, but it turns out it takes a lot of overhead to get to the most relaxed state, and we're still working on it, even now, and it's not relaxing until you're there.
Except in random moments. When you're on the freeway between sleeping locations and one of the very few clients you are *sort* of working for calls, and you decide, Nahhh, I think I'm already out of service on this one, I'll pick it up when I get back into civilization.
And all of a sudden, you realize you are *actually* on sabbatical.
For this, Seattle was a nice transition point. Many final logistical issues, including shopping for necessary items we hadn't yet acquired, shipping keys and documents back to clients, re-configuring the car to be more road-trip friendly, generally closing out our relationships with the real corporate world and getting them on board with our future state of availability (while still technically being available 24X7 even if we didn't like it) and also, fully in the city where we could take Lyft to and from events if we wanted to have more than one drink in the evening. It'll be a while before we can enjoy that particular benefit of balance of dropping out of the corporate world while being surrounded by people who understand the demands and benefits of both worlds again...
|One of many gorgeous views on this drive.|
|Another unbelievable view, simply beautiful.|