What many of you may not know is that we live in the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona. This oh-so enjoyable place where in the summer temperatures reach eyeball-melting degrees and the sun shines with a relentless fervor. To some this may be ideal, but unfortunately I cannot say the same. I was born and raised in a small town called Antioch just outside of Chicago Illinois. Trees, grass, and rain is where I find my happiness. Thankfully, every summer I am given the amazing opportunity to fly back home and stay with family and friends for a month or two.

During this time you will always find me outdoors, taking advantage of the lovely scenery. I head outside into the grass, bare-foot and book-bosomed. I must admit I’m quite content to read anywhere where there’s a nice tree and good grass! Although, one of my all-time favorite places would have to be this small, secret beach hidden down the road from the house I grew up in. It doesn’t even have an official name, but with incredible views of the lake, it’s really a beauty. Add this with the fact that it’s not well known, so it’s never crowded!

The past 10 days or so I’ve been in Washington and Oregon. My family and I spent a lot of the time hiking and outdoors! I always made sure to keep a book in my hand; I even went on a 6 mile hike with three different books! My favorite places to read during the trip would have to be the Hoh Rainforest and the Mt. Rainier National park. The views from both are insanely beautiful. Two of my favorite things nature and reading, I’m glad I’m able to combine the two. #takeyourbookoutdoors

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