A Windy Au Revoir – Cape Disappointment, WA
We’ve come to the end of our summer sojourn on the PNW coast. Tomorrow morning, if all goes as planned we’re raising our jacks and getting outta here. On the one hand I’m excited about getting on the road again, and on the other I’m hesitant to leave. It always feels like this when we move on from somewhere we love, and this is definitely one of those places.
There’s something about the PNW coast that has a hold on us, and it seems nature agrees. Last year she didn’t let us go without thrashing us to the biggest storm we’d ever seen (and never hope to see again) at Cape Blanco down in Oregon. This year, just to keep things consistent I guess, she decided to send us off in style the same way.
Wind warnings went up yesterday along the entire northern coastline and the first big gust shook the rig like an earthquake at 4:30am. She’s been building and blowing ever since mixing steady winds with random, violent gusts that hit like the side of the RV like a sack of bricks. By 8AM we’d hit gusts of 60mph and by 9AM the power went out in the entire park and the ranger came by to tell us the road to the lighthouse was closed (= no shift for us today!). So, we’ll be locked inside our self-contained house running off batteries and rocking and rolling until the wind decides to let us go. Lets just hope that tree behind us stays upright.
Our trip east looks somewhat shaky too with many scary wildfires burning all through WA, OR and ID. I’ve been watching the fire/smoke maps and keeping tabs on RV buddies in the areas, and I have to admit it doesn’t look great. We’re not sure exactly how we’re going to handle it yet, but if the smoke is really bad our trip may be accelerated to a mad dash over to SD, followed by a more leisurely drive south. We’ll miss many of the key sights between the coast and SD, but then again that’s the whole reason we have wheels…to go where the going is good. At this point we’re playing it all by ear.
In the meantime we must, I fear, weather the storm and say au revoir to our beloved PNW coast. This is our 5th summer here, and we would likely never even have discovered the area if it wasn’t for our big slide issue in 2011. The unrepairable repair dragged us here, but then the raw beauty captivated us and we’ve been hooked ever since.
What makes this goodbye even harder is that we may not be back next year. The forecast of a big El Niño year (= it may be very wet) and the fact that we’ve got an urge to switch things up and do something entirely different might well mean we won’t hit this spot again for a few years. We’re not 100% sure yet, and given how jello RV plans tend to be everything could change between now and then, but we may well be headed to new states (and potentially even out of States) next year. No hints yet though…I’ve got to keep the excitement humming on the blog somehow 🙂
So, here we are at the end of one phase and the beginning of another. It’s much like the dance of life and death, although in a much kinder format, and of course the similarity can’t escape me. This summer has forced many trying changes, especially for me, but as always nature has fed my mind and replenished my soul. I experienced death (my first “big” one this lifetime), but coming home to the PNW coast and its miles of empty, raw gorgeousness refilled me with life and reconfirmed my purpose here on earth.
What we’re doing right now, this very moment, our lifestyle choice and my yearning to capture and share some small specks of the beauty in this world is the right thing, at least for now. I can’t predict the future or save myself from harm or heartbreak, but if I’m open to natures touch I’ll be able to ride the storm, or at least that’s what I believe. In between, if I’m listening, I’ll be treated to moments of infinite beauty that’ll fill my soul with wonder and awe.
This last big storm is just natures way of making sure I’ve been listening 🙂
I didn’t plan to get so darn philosophical in this final Cape D post, but there you go. The PNW coast does this kind of stuff to me and I can only write it how I feel it. If you ever meet me you’ll probably find me to be rather more crass than my blog musings, but deep down I’m really just a total sap and you, my blog readers, get to enjoy 100% of that part of me. So, with that very deep thought I say au revoir dear friend…you’ll keep a part of my heart until we meet again.SPONSORED LINK:
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