Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Island Magic


scott got back from pressing the camera timer a little late, if you're wondering why he looks like he's on the outskirts of this picture :)

There are times that walk up to you, like the mailman does to your mailbox.

They deliver messages too, sometimes. Or memories. 

I was thinking about this time when my parents sent us on a treasure hunt over 17 years ago in the Channel Islands.

My sisters and I were sitting on the back of the boat when a bottle floated by, bobbing in the waves like it didn't have direction. Although, now I know it did.

And my dad said "Wait, what's that bottle?"

And curious as ten and seven and five years tend to be, we dove and grabbed for it; knowing that of course, there could be a message in it like the story books that sat on our shelves had said.

Inside was a map, in our mom's handwriting and on perfectly crisp paper, but none of those clues mattered. 

And the map told us where to go, tugging us with its directions towards trees marked with X's and shells in the sand and ultimately a cave with a red and black plastic box in it, not unlike ones I had seen at Home Depot. 

And there was treasure inside it that looked a lot like the beaded necklaces I had longed for at Party City. 

But opening it was magical. Like petting a deer or holding a firefly or seeing a shooting star.

And I knew it was there because of my parents, but that almost made it more so.

To feel that someone loves you enough to mark trees with charcoal and hide a box of plastic toys bound to cause fights and messes and carry it across the pacific so that you could find joy in the woods.

Catalina Island Skate Classic // need to work on my posture! 
+This past weekend we headed to Catalina to celebrate my birthday as a family and an early Mother's day, since Scott and I will be at a wedding this weekend.

+Our crew was a little bigger this time around as my sisters both brought boyfriends for the first time. But don't worry (like I was), it went well! We like them :)

+Would anyone be interested in a "What to do in Catalina" kind of guide? I've been thinking about making one...

+I hope you have an awesome Wednesday! Somehow, I caught a cold just after this weekend ended. I say somehow because with all the kids I've worked with, I like to think I'm immune. Apparently that's not the case. 
p.s. most pictures by Scott DeMint Photography 

18 comments:

  1. I love everything about this post, Devon! And the photos really bring it together. Your parents-- they are adorable for making things extra special. Loved that. :)

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    1. Thank you Maria! It's fun to write when there are encouraging people like you reading :)

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  2. Aww I love that idea of a scavenger hunt! That's really special. I'd love to do those kinds of things with my future children. What a wonderful way to add a little nostalgia to your birthday celebration!
    A guide to Catalina would be really cool and helpful, I think you should definitely do that!

    Gorgeous photos!

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    1. I'm on it! Thanks for the feedback.

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  3. Ah I love your story about the scavenger hunt! What wonderful parents you have! x

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  4. Oh, the story of how your parents created a scavenger hunt for you is the sweetest! If I have kids, I hope I'm that kind of parent. The kind who makes magic out of the every day. Looks like such a great trip to celebrate your birthday and Mother's Day! I love those pictures when you guys are jumping off the boat! When you say Catalina, is this the same place where the Catalina wine mixer is that was referenced in the movie Step Brothers? "It's the %^&^ Catalina Wine Mixer". That was the best part of the movie:)

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    1. Love that movie. You know what's funny? My sisters made shirts that said that for my bachelorette party since we celebrated it there. So awesome. So inappropriate for anything other than pajamas!

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  5. SUCH beautiful pictures!!!! what kind of camera are you using??

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    1. We use the Canon 60D with a few different lenses. I love it.

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  6. How wonderful your parents sound. I'm squirrelling this idea away, my little people would absolutely love it too. Beautiful photos, I'm glad you've had such a good time in Catalina, it looks magical. Sorry you've got a cold. I think I have the beginning of one as well. Two of the boys have had it, now it's my turn. Like you, I don't normally expect to succumb, but I can definitely feel that telltale sore throat starting. I do hope you're all better soon. CJ xx

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    1. Your boys would probably love it! My cold started with the throat, too. I hope you are recovering swiftly, friend.

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  7. Yes please on the Catalina tips! Love the story about the scavenger hunt, too. How awesome.

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    1. Thanks Sara! I will work on the Catalina tips a-sap.

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  8. Oh, the magic of photos and stories! Beautiful! Hope you feel better!

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  9. these pictures are so fun. i'll read your catalina guide whether or not i get to go myself!!

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  10. love these pictures! you always make california look extra cool (as though it needs any help) - I would totally buy a coffee table book of your pictures, by the way, with your hand written notes to accompany them. question: what camera do you use for your underwater shots? we're taking a toddler on a waterfall hike this summer and I have a feeling a completely waterproof camera will be a necessity!

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