Summer Travels: The Lake District

About a million years ago, at the beginning of June, Jordan and I took a trip to the Lake District in England. We were flying through England anyway on our way back to the States, and it was a good chance to stop and see Jordan's sister who was working at a retreat center there. It was a really wonderful place to stop and relax before embarking on our relocation project.


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I figure the photos must look pretty nice to you, but imagine landing here after 2 years in the desert with no trees and no grass. It seemed rather excessive and was quite disorientating. It was a blessing to have an entire week to readjust to the green overload before we had to deal with anything else; to just be able to walk around and soak it all up.

When we first arrived I kept breaking out into a sweat, and I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me since it was really quite cooler than what I was used to. Then it occurred to me that it was just really humid. There was so much water everywhere, I guess my body decided it didn't need to horde it anymore...

We took lots of fantastic walks, ate lots of delicious treats, and had a great time readjusting to life with green.

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Betsy Bush
Betsy Bush Wed, 01/08/2014 - 14:55

This retreat looks so beautiful! I know what you mean about green overload. I grew up in New Jersey, then lived in the Poconos for a couple of years, moved to Los Angeles for only 4 months, but when I got back to the Poconos I felt like the green and the trees were glowing! I will never forget that feeling.

Nadia Slegers
Nadia Slegers Mon, 01/06/2014 - 13:35

Beautiful photo's!! We love to go to the UK and if you ever get the chance to see Scotland I say do it!

Lana Fischer
Lana Fischer Sat, 08/10/2013 - 04:31

Wow the color (as always) is just breathtaking! I can imagine what a shock coming out of the desert must have been like! I am so behind on your travels since you left but am excited to catch back up!

Lisette Verhoeven
Lisette Verhoeven Fri, 08/02/2013 - 08:54

Beautiful photos!! Thanks for sharing.

Liv Hudson
Liv Hudson Thu, 08/01/2013 - 14:32

Absolutely fab! I love the photog eye you guys have, it is just Mag!

Faith Anderson
Faith Anderson Thu, 08/01/2013 - 03:53

I know what you mean by overload, when we returned to the UK from Saudi Arabia, I actually knelt down to smell the grass again.

We are so lucky to have this beautiful green land, even though too much rain sometimes LOL.

Beautiful photos that show it all off.

Nur Aeternal
Nur Aeternal Tue, 07/30/2013 - 13:47

What a wonderful place, Marisa!! Hugs!

Elisabeth Grace Cain
Elisabeth Grace Cain Sun, 07/28/2013 - 11:04

Breathtaking scenery!

Catherine Olson
Catherine Olson Fri, 07/26/2013 - 23:16

These photos are lovely! MY favorite is of the sheep out to pasture, with the sun over the hill tops. :)

Meg Bertapelle
Meg Bertapelle Thu, 07/25/2013 - 13:47

amazing!!!!

Suzanne Stickle
Suzanne Stickle Thu, 07/25/2013 - 13:34

These pictures are unbelievable. I think just added another place to my bucket list.

Kimberlee Gerstmann
Kimberlee Gerstmann Thu, 07/25/2013 - 12:24

Wow... gorgeous. I am so jealous. :)

Cynthia arnett
Cynthia arnett Thu, 07/25/2013 - 12:05

Great pictures Marisa .....just love the english countryside. It looks like you had nice weather.

Nowan Ehrenholz
Nowan Ehrenholz Thu, 07/25/2013 - 09:42

Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful country. I would like to visit some day.

Sarah Lewis
Sarah Lewis Thu, 07/25/2013 - 08:13

Beautiful photos! I chuckle at your reaction to all the green and the humidity. I can't imagine the shock to your system to encounter the change in scenery after living in such different environs for so many years. But it gives you a taste of what you may encounter in the beautiful NorthWest!

Sharon-Dewi Stolp
Sharon-Dewi Stolp Thu, 07/25/2013 - 06:18

These photos are mesmerizing! The Lake District is now officially on my list of "must see places"! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Dawn Evans
Dawn Evans Thu, 07/25/2013 - 05:01

Lovely photos Marisa - it is incredibly humid in the UK at the moment !!

Kristine Harpole
Kristine Harpole Wed, 07/24/2013 - 23:27

I love these pictures so much, it is so beautiful there! Green is such a glorious color to be surrounded by. I can't imagine living anywhere that wasn't green after living in Oregon most of my life. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us.

Nancy Vigil
Nancy Vigil Wed, 07/24/2013 - 22:23

Very beautiful!

Sharron Austin
Sharron Austin Wed, 07/24/2013 - 15:12

Oh wow I never thought of what an adjustment the whole trip would be. Sort of like waking up on a different planet. Love the photos