Raw, idiom, 14a: in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.

A most incredible weekend, with the most incredible views.

We practiced here (yes, right there, at left) on the Point Lawn Saturday morning before the wedding, and it was all sun and wind and ocean air. Orcas Island is lush and quiet, rustic and rural. What an absolute difference from the fast-paced, uber-connected life I live here in San Francisco. Everyone seems to know everyone, the pace is about three notches slower than in the city, and your cell phone can suck it, because it won't be getting any action out there in the land of zero service bars.

Absolutely refreshing. And a good reminder of the ways in which we can always be more present: breathing through hikes along Cascade Falls, listening to the sound of the seaplanes landing as we lie in savasana, and even very simply being quite present in conversation as the sun sets over a crackling bonfire and you catch up with long-lost old friends sans distraction from pinging phone. Yesss.


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