Our Hobbit Adventure

This is what happens when you combine:

-an obsession with The Lord of the Rings
-the face of a Hobbit
-a knack for photography 
-and a surprisingly close Hobbit house

“As for the Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of their peace and prosperity they were a merry folk. They dressed in bright colours, being notably fond of yellow and green; but they seldom wore shoes, since their feet had tough leathery soles and were clad in a thick curling hair, much like the hair of their heads, which was commonly brown.  Their faces were as a rule good-natured rather than beautiful, broad, bright-eyed, red-cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking. And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them).”

When my wife messaged me with an airbnb link to this charming Hobbit house, I couldn’t rest until I found a way to visit it. It’s booked pretty solid, but we managed to find an opening for 1 day. We spent most of our time trying to capture the essence of being a hobbit. Luckily the builder did a lot of the work to create the perfect environment. We just brought our hobbit spirits and creative photography to the table. The weather was a bit stormy for our stay, which felt very true to the quote “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. … if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” We hope to return and capture more photos of the interior in the future, but my wife will likely make me put down my camera next time at least for a short while. 

All the credit for this building to Kristie Wolfe. We highly recommend booking a stay, and keeping on eye on the horizon to when she has not one but three hobbit houses in one hill. Here’s the description from her site:

“This inspired dwelling nestled right into the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge mountainside. Reverently framed by the iconic round doorway, the wondrous views will entrance your imagination and inspire an unforgettable journey. Every nook of this little habitation will warm your sole, every cranny will charm your expedition of repose. Up the pathway, tucked into the earth, an unbelievable adventure awaits!”

I think I’m quite ready for another adventure…in this exact same place.

The Challenge of Being Present as a Creative

It’s somehow always a struggle for me. Between being a parent and working my normal 8-5 job, it’s hard to find the time to focus on my creative aspirations. I have so many ideas in my head, but am limited to an 8 hour day with a family I love more than anything, which I want to spend time with. Heck, I have an endless list of ideas in my head of how to portray just this simple struggle. Some involve a room full of clocks with me battling them, some involve me overburdened with ideas and my kids standing next to me trying to hug me but my arms are full of things that symbolize my ambitions. Yesterday though, I decided to just create in the most simplistic and quick fashion possible a photo that conveys what I battle each day. 

Though it’s possible guilt is what conflicts within me, I think it’s more likely that I just find pleasure in a great deal of things. My kids are certainly at the very top of the list of things that bring me joy, but they are not the only thing. These photos are meant to capture the battle many of us face every day regardless of the trade. Many times the aspirations to work harder, be more creative, etc, is so that we can provide better for our family, but sometimes the only thing that our families need is for us to be simply present. 

To me, these photos portray a snapshot in time. No cleaning of our home, just a raw representation of our home in different settings given two different choices. One shot is what would happen had I decided to spend time with my kids who are seeking it, and one is a shot of what would happen if I decided to pursue my work and creative aspirations. Perhaps the answer is trying to find more creative ways to involve both like what I did here. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no saint. My son is practically stomping on my feet begging for attention right now, and he just informed me he pooped. 

Time to go, thanks for reading and I hope you found some value in this!

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