i wanna touch the earth...

we might not have palm trees, deserts, canyons, redwoods, sandy beaches and all that jazz... but i do whole-heartedly love the northwoods here in wisconsin! the seasons. smell of petrichor in the fall while soaking in the dynamic colors. the rivers, lakes and trees. the history. the character. the appreciation for simplicity... nothing short of absolutely oh'mazing!

what a nice weekend it was up north for my best friend's 28th birthday! i can't believe it's been 14 years since the day we forged our friendship... and to think about everything we've gone through together since then, i couldn't have asked for a better partner in crime and kindred spirit to share in those experiences with! cheers to growing older together and many more memories!

the five of us roadtripped up to the beautiful little town of bayfield and took the island princess ferry  out to tour the apostle islands. i definitely want to make it back here sometime to specifically explore the sea caves!

we stayed at our usual cabin in cornucopia - wisconsin's renowned northern most point - where the largest of the great lakes was our front yard. so even though all you need sometimes is a quaint getaway with a few close friends, being able to enjoy a cozy bonfire on a wisconsin beach while watching the superior sunset is just an added bonus!

we even squeezed in an adventure hiking to "lost" creek falls before heading back home, so birthday girl could cross that off her list... and what a morning that was, haha. after missing the turn, the 1 hour hike turned into a 4 hour adventure! lols. but it's true what they say; getting lost is just an opportunity to explore!

bayfield, the apostle islands, cornucopia and lake superior. definitely sights for sore eyes..!

my eau pleine reservoir!

the great outdoors... incredibly therapeutic. to be out there on my little adventures with nothing but my thoughts and what i go equipped with - whether it be a book, a bottle of wine, a fishing pole, a journal or a picnic; i love it all the same.

here's just a glimpse of the scenery i've come to regularly surround myself in since the move back to smalltown usofa - this is the eau pleine reservoir, about 10 minutes from my driveway. definitely one of my favorite spots i enjoy most! and it still boggles my mind how no one else takes advantage of the natural beauty right here at our fingertips, yet continue to look for that sense of peace outward for something still unbeknownst to them!

...and forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair!

so lovely is the loneliness of a wild lake!

"i've always liked the time before dawn because there's no one around to remind me who i'm supposed to be, so it's easier to remember who i am." <3