Sunset in the Coconino National Forest, looking northeast toward Sedona, AZ, 4/17/15

Sunday, February 14, 2010

In Memory of Elise

It's been over 16 months since Elise's death and I still think of her every day.  She loved the outdoors and camping ... so, it seems natural to remember her as I prepare for this trip.   For those who don't know, Elise was my daughter who passed 8 months after going to the emergency room with brain cancer. 

I'm also remembering Elise today because of a happy Valentine's Day memory.  Seven years ago I got a phone call from her with great news.  She and Cameron were pregnant!   I was so excited to be a Gramma.  And, as Jasper grew, so did my pride in Elise as a wonderful mother.  

Suanne (me) and Jasper on Tiger Mountain ('07).  I love being a Gramma ...
and I loved being the mother of the mother who took this picture.

Elise and Jasper on top of an old stump during our
last camping trip before her diagnosis. (Aug 07)

One of Elise's last wishes was to make happy memories with her family
 on a trip to Yellowstone National Park ... and she did. (June 08)

Van with a queen bed and teardrop trailer with a full bed
 for our trip with Elise to Yellowstone.
Sunset at Missouri Headwaters SP. (June 08)

This is one of my favorite pictures that Elise took ('05?).  She was on a hike
 with Jasper and her friend Jorj near the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River.
She loved the moss and so do I.   It's the picture I use for
the background on my desktop ... so peaceful.

Elise would think it was pretty cool that her newly retired mama was going on this cross-country adventure.  And I trust that this journey, among the nation's most amazing natural wonders, will be salve for my soul as I learn to live the rest of my life without her.

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  1. What a nice tribute to your daughter, Suanne--I love the tranquil moss picture, too.


  2. Oh Suanne, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. I just don't know how or if I'd cope with something like this.

    Thank you for a lovely blog and some great ideas and reasons NOT to sell my little Mercury Tracer... maybe it will be fine for on the road adventures!

  3. Your blog is very inspiring.
    Michelle Ress and Cathy Smyre

  4. Suanne, I have just recently found your blog and I am enjoying reading about you and your trips in your Prius RV. I am so sorry about your beautiful daughter. May God Bless You and all the family. Linda

  5. I was Google Image searching "Smoky Mountain Bear" when I stumbled on your blog. Then I found I wore away over an hour just enjoying your interesting postings. It wasn't until I read THIS part of your blog that I even realized you were a woman! That just seems to make the loss of your daughter harder for me to read. I'm very sorry for your loss. I hope this adventure of yours is providing some solace as you make new memories to wrap around your earlier ones. Take care out there. By the way...I enjoy your photo explanations. Nicely done.

  6. Suanne, I stumbled upon your blog in search of travel info about Texas for a piece I'm writing. I'm deeply touched by your tribute to your daughter, Elise. I hope you find joy and comfort in your travels. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us.

  7. Suanne, let us know how are you doing. Still traveling? How is that grandbaby?

    1. Yes, I'm still traveling part-time. I'll take off again in November. Elise's son Jasper is doing well. He turned 11 this year and is already taller than me! He's a smart, kind and sensitive young man. Thanks for checking out my blog.


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