Leaving California #100ittybittyblogposts

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Yesterday we left southern California behind. We hit the road in two vehicles heading north towards our new home. It was a gorgeous day for a farewell. We’re trading in palm trees for fir trees, and jammed freeways for quieter streets.

The magic of California will always bring us back for time wandering in the redwoods and it’s many amazing parks. We will be back for visits, and perhaps a bit of work now and then, but we were ready to say goodbye to southern California as our home.

Peace out Cali! xo Jen

Stars Lead the Way #100ittybittyblogposts

Tonight I was driven home under the stars of a southern California sky.

The breeze blew and the stars were constant.

The trees swayed and the stars were constant.

I was swept away and the stars were constant.

The moon was happy tonight.

xo Jen

One Strange Rock #100ittybittyblogposts

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Recently my husband watched a series that I loved, called One Strange Rock. It’s all about our home planet seen thru science and the eyes of eight American astronauts.

They share their experiences in space in a way I haven’t heard before. I’m a sucker for nature documentaries and getting more deeply interested in space.

I really recommend checking our the 10 part series. It’s available to watch on National Geographic or on Netflix.

Please let me know the parts you loved. The astronauts stories were amazing!

xo Jen

Our Oregon Trail

James and I on Cannon Beach.

James and I on Cannon Beach.

We have been on the road full time in our RV for three months this time. I have really settled into the groove of mobile life on this leg of our journey. It might be because I have been wanting to head up the Oregon and Washington coast for some time now, and it’s finally happening. Whatever the reason for the ease, I’ll take it.

We spent around four weeks in the redwood forests of northern California before heading up into Oregon. The redwoods are my sacred place. They are my favorite place to be to let the world just fall away. The trees have such an immense presence in space and time that nothing else I’ve seen yet compares. It feels like a place of deep knowing.

We reached Oregon in late January and started up Hwy 101. I had head nice things about the coastline but hadn’t done much if any research before we got here so I didn’t really know what to expect.

I’ll just say, we have fallen in love. Oregon has really done some things right to protect public access to its beaches and parks. Everything is so easily accessible to the public – it’s so much better than beach access in parts of California.

We have been taking our sweet time heading north and it’s been grand… jagged rocks and sea stacks out in the ocean, water falls inland and along the coast, massive sand dunes that transport you to other worlds, tons of coastal bridges and a lovely art scene.

We drove the bridge from Astoria over the Columbia River to Washington and it was a stunning drive. The Columbia River is massive, and the bridge shows off all its splendor as you drive over the state border mid river.

 There is something about the Pacific northwest. I’ve been to Seattle a few times over the last twenty years to visit my aunt and uncle who live there, and I’ve always been struck by its beauty. It feels so good here.

Highlights so far (from south to north):

  • Samuel H. Board State Scenic Corridor

  • Bandon Beach

  • Winchester Bay Sand Dunes

  • Florence

  • Cape Perpetua

  • Yachats

  • Ona Beach

  • Manzanita and Nehalem Bay State Park

  • Cannon Beach Art Scene

  • Astoria and the Astoria - Megler Bridge to Washington

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