Sunrise yoga overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Last weekend K and I tent-camped overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca while outdoor’n our way around the coast of the Olympic Peninsula. It was crisp, windy, damp and beautiful….

The Strait of Juan de Fuca is a 96-mile-long body of water which separates the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, Wash. from British Columbia, Canada, and is the outlet of the Salish Sea into the Pacific Ocean.

Screenshot of a map with the Strait of Juan de Fuca circled in fuchsia

Some highlights of the stay were:

  • watching multiple bald eagles soar in and out of the trees around us
  • watching misty sunrises and sunsets from the comfort of the tent
  • waking up in the middle of the night to see the stars (note to self: “big dipper screen saver” lol)
  • cool, moist, fresh airโ€“a much needed break from the extreme heat and wildfire smoke we’re experiencing out here in Eastern Washington

The (typical) rough bits were:

  • stiff muscles and creaky joints from hiking and sleeping in the cold
  • disrupted/sluggish digestion from traveling
  • a sore neck from Stevie (my dog) hogging the headspace/pillows in the tent every night

Here’s where sunrise campsite yoga comes in.

Lubricating my creaky joints, smoothing out cranky spots, and quickly assessing my overall physical, mental and emotional needs for the day…


The way I see it, an A.M. view like this is a precious gift…

View of the sunset over the water through the mesh window of the tent. Canada is faintly visible in the distance.

The way I see it, this human body and the power to move it is a precious gift, too.

I strive always to be a grateful, humble, studious recipient of these gifts!

EK doing hip circles with hands on hips
EK in a simple variation of Virabhadrasana I (Warrior 1)
EK squatting in Malasana (Garland Pose)
EK in an expansive side stretch

For those curious, the boat in the background of the video appears to have been left to rust on land many years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

A time-lapse video of sunrise yoga filmed while tent camping on the edge of The Salish Sea, July 2021

This was a spontaneous and candid recording filmed outside the tent just after sunrise.

No yoga mat or props… hoodie, wool cap, boots, grass, rocks and all.

EK standing facing away from the camera standing casually with arms crossed, taking in the view

Pausing to soak in my surroundings. โค

I hope you get a chance to go outside and move your body around real soon.

All the best, EK

Some Campfire’s Love Poem

Some Campfire's Love Poem

Weary child, as evening 
casts your shadow long
across this pebbled bank

the sun, who held your face 
in daytime, selfless
omnipotent illuminator
who only told you true
for all of your life

who kissed your cheeks
and showed you how
to plant your feet down and
how to lift them up again

weary child, the sun is fading.
Draw near me now in reflection
and be held almost whole
in this unsettling hour.

Elizabeth Keefer, May 2021

Cold and accomplished – first camping trip of the season

Long before I opened my eyes to the calm blue light of tent walls dotted with sunlit glassy raindrops, the honking of geese overhead stirred me to consciousness and a sleepy smile spread across my slightly chapped lips.

First sight of the day, wet tent fabric

These early morning moments are what I camp for.

Waking up in a tent to the smell of wet earth.

Crisp air nips at my cheeks and reminds me of my vitality.

The sounds of animals bustling around me on a thick carpet of damp ponderosa pine needles reminds me I am but one part of a large web of deeply connected beings.

Waking up to a new day alongside non-human siblings โ€“ the grasses, the trees, the bugs, the birds, the deer, the rocks. Whew! What a privilege.

looking up inside the tent
out of the warm tent and into the wet cold morning
boots on…
and ready to face the day
sunrise over camp
Foggy sunrise over Lake Roosevelt, May 8th

First camping trip of the year… CHECK!

How beautiful is that fog rolling off the lake? ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay curious, friends! ~ EK