Fall Plans & The Call Of The Mountains…
We’re winding down to our very last week here at Cape Blanco. It’s almost impossible to believe. We’ve spent the last 3 months volunteering on the southern Oregon coast and it feels like we’ve grown roots. But such is the nomadic lure that I’m getting the pull to move again. This past weekend we saw our very first glimpse of winter weather with a day of slashing rain and 50 mph winds at the lighthouse (whoo wheeee!). It’s the beginning of the seasonal change. Winds are shifting, cool air is stirring and the mountains are pulling, pulling, pulling…yes, despite our original intentions to drive south via the CA coast this fall, we’ve once again been pulled to the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the ever-gorgeous Hwy 395.
Hwy 395 is one of the most scenic drives in the west and this is going to be our 3rd time doing it. We’ll hit some late weather (no doubt), but the draw of wide-open mountain hikes and spectacular changing aspens is far too strong to overcome any doubts. I LOVE this part of the country, all the more so in the quiet of colorful fall where no-one seems to go there. So, starting next Monday we’ll say our last hurrah to Oregon with a quick jaunt down to Brookings (this will be our first time there), followed by a stop at Grants Pass for some routine maintenance and then we speed over to 395. We plan to hang in the mountains until November where we’ll once again go for spa’ing & relaxing in Desert Hot Springs. If you happen to be on our route or have recommendations along the way, let us know…
But how to say properly goodbye to a place like this? Cape Blanco brings out the most poetic in me, and this year has been even better with our buddies Technomadia right next door. When I’m here I become part of the place…my heart beating in tune with the lonely cliffs and the comforting sweep of the lighthouse beam. I walk the forests, frolic on the beach and have no wish except to bask in nature’s glory and seek my inner thoughts. Didn’t I say poetry? The only real answer is to say “adieu” and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We signed up again to host next year, so we won’t really have to say goodbye. Our bodies may be parted, but we’ll become one again before long. Sneaky, eh?
I’ve got a few more posts on the Oregon coast before we finally leave including a way to RV the entire coast on a budget (free or almost free!), an updated campground review and my thoughts on Brookings (once we get there, of course). I may (may) also be doing some blog changes if I can ever figure out how to make them work (more on that to come).
In the meantime, for those of you who missed our live-stream tour of the lighthouse this past week you can re-live the glory (and share a peek of Cape Blanco gorgeousness on video) in this link:
We even managed a quick Q&A at the end of the tour here:
P.S. Technomadia have a bunch of other excellent video links & chats for aspiring RVers both old and new on this same page. Check them out! Oh, and for some fabulous shots, take a look at their most recent post on Cape Blanco. Ain’t no fancy cameras or photoshop going on in these babies, I tell ya. It’s just nature’s beauty in the raw!
That’s about it folks. I have no doubt I’ll be tempted to take a few more pics before we leave here, plus I may even gush poetic again (I can make no promises against it), but if I don’t, for whatever reason, I will see you at the next stop 🙂