My dearest Finny,

I haven’t forgotten you, my friend. I promise. I realize I haven’t even acknowledged our July sew-along around here — but that’s just because I suck, not because I don’t love you.

And there you are, sewing your sweet little swimming suit cover up and knitting away like a crazed maniac while I’m out hiking in the wilderness.

Sacred Rim Hike

But in all fairness, I was hiking with these two and how cute are they?

Sacred Rim Hike

And while you may think, ” Look, Donk. Water. See that water? You need a swimsuit cover up!” You’d be wrong. Because see where that water is coming from? That’s right. The snow on the mountain above.

I’m a desert girl. I like my water 80+.

Sacred Rim Hike

Sacred Rim Hike

But all was not lost — believe it or not, I was thinking about art, sewing, and color quite a bit on my recent journey. For example — this lichen. Isn’t the color combination incredible? Leave it to Mama Nature to throw together bright lime and obnoxious orange on a gray background and have it work. And does it work.

Sacred Rim Hike

Sacred Rim Hike

Or the colors on this lightening-struck tree? Amazing. The golden hues caught my eye 50 yards away and I knew I had to try to capture them. Unfortunately there are certain magnitudes of nature that are simply too grand to fully capture.

Sacred Rim Hike

Sacred Rim Hike

Sacred Rim Hike

Sacred Rim Hike

I was listening to some crazy Utah radio station on the way home when an editorial about finding the right workout partner caught my ear. The narrator talked about how when you are sweating, with your heart beating in your ears and gasping for breath, the person working out next to you is such a great ear. You suddenly feel so free to share whatever is happening because you are both surviving this very moment together. Adam and Kim are great hiking partners. We talked enough to ignore the mosquitoes but keep the chattering of the squirrels and woodpeckers alive in our conversations.

Sacred Rim Hike

Sacred Rim Hike

Sacred Rim Hike

Sacred Rim Hike

Sacred Rim Hike

The summit to Sacred Rim in the Wind River Mountains is a spectacular view for fairly little effort. Besides the mind-bending view from the top, he forest floor was eerily peaceful. We walked through two wide meadows full of summer flowers. Creeks babbled as we hopped on large rocks to cross. I felt a bit like Goldilocks — everything was just right.

Somewhere between a giant pine tree and another breathtaking vista, I recognized how very curative this trip was. Thanks for being patient with me, Fin. I know I haven’t been the best partner this month, but I’m back — with a giant bag of fabric and a knitting project completed to soon share.

Much love,

Kelli

P.S. Did you see this tutorial? I’m going to make a handful of these this weekend. Perfect for so many things!