Another year has flown by and I’m sitting here wondering what happened to the time.
It has been for-fucking-ever since I’ve blogged and I’m very sorry about it. You know how sometimes your brain just doesn’t want to work, even if you try really hard? Even if you really want to come up with ideas, your mind is blank and sad? What’s that called? Oh right, burnout. Writer’s block. Whatever else. That is besides the point, because I am back to blogging and excited about it. I got my hosting transferred over from BlueHost to SiteGuard and am really enjoying the transition! They made it oh-so-easy to trasnfer my blog over and I’m now registered for three more years, so, better get back to it 🙂
Hey friends! I’m finally wrapping up with the rest of the photos from J and I’s 2017 road trip! Our last day consisted of waking up in Eureka, CA and driving up the coast almost the entire way home. The real attraction of the final day: Prehistoric Gardens (which I will refer to as Dinosaur Land from here on out)! If you are a dinosaur nerd like I am, I recommend a quick visit here 🙂 It wasn’t as big as I anticipated, but still really enjoyed reading about and seeing all the dinosaurs. Dinosaur Land is located on the 101 near Port Orford, OR. I really wanted to stop at the Sea Lion Caves in Florence, as well, but it was getting late and didn’t really have time to squeeze that in. Cue me making an itinerary for our next coastal road trip!
Well, we’ve been home for over a month and I’m finally getting around to editing the remainder of our road trip photos. I could have a million excuses, from work being busy and taking up a lot of my time and energy, to the change of weather leaving me tired and unmotivated, to the fact that the eternal rain we’ve been dealing with lately gives off a completely different vibe than these photos and it just hasn’t felt right. It’s all true, but the main reason? I’m so uninspired lately. I remember how excited and inspired I was feeling this time last year, with the change of weather and darker days leaving me cozy and creative inside. It hasn’t been that way this year. I’ve been very apathetic and passionless about photography, blogging, and my creative drive. And I really don’t like it.
Day 2 of our road trip led us through the Redwoods down Highway 101, with some stops for exploration, until we reached Leggitt, CA; from there, we drove along the windiest road in the world out to Highway 1 where we stayed in Fort Bragg. We had gone through Fort Bragg last year, solely to go to Glass Beach, and got dinner before leaving and heading back to the 101. This year, we continued down Highway 1 the next morning, after another (mediocre) visit to Glass Beach. Apparantly, there is so much theft of the glass that at certain times of year, the beach is more rocky than glassy…. and unfortunately both times we have been here have been right before a glass “restock”, where more glass is brought in to maintain the attraction. This is why we can’t have nice things. But I digress. The drive down Highway 1 was beautiful, but slightly terrifying, as I’m not a big fan of driving in the first place and the combination of sharp turns, a lack of guardrails, and the proximity to the ocean makes me nervous. Thankfully, J was willing to drive this portion of the trip, so I was able to navigate us to our next destination: Point Arena.
Well, summer of 2017 has come and gone and I can’t even believe it. The first week of September is the week Jensen and I go on vacation every year. It’s the first week of mellow: kids are back in school, everywhere gets less crowded, things slow down. The vacation comedown has been real this year. The harsh reality of real life is just too much, sometimes, and I want to travel and live in my permanent daydream of driving and hiking and taking photos of beautiful places.
I guess all the more reason to try to reincorporate the beauty I have at home into my everyday life. Get outside more. Enjoy the beauty I have right in front of me, rediscover it, photograph it.
It has been so. incredibly. hot. in Washington lately. A trip to the beach was a very much-needed getaway from everything going on in life. I don’t know what it is, but I just find sitting and staring at the ocean to be one of the most relaxing things in life. Worries washing out with the waves. So, to the ocean we went. Destination: Cape Disappointment, Washington.
That about sums up the past six weeks.
Obviously I had to hop on this unicorn trend at some point, because who doesn’t want their breakfast to look magical?? This unicorn chia pudding is both magically gorgeous and also quite healthy! This pudding packs an omega-3 punch with chia seeds plus spirulina, which also boasts plenty of other health benefits including high levels of antioxidants, iron, and calcium. The healthy fats from coconut milk and chia seeds fill you up, and agave syrup and fruit give this pudding a little bit of sweetness 🙂 Just sliiiiightly better for you than your unicorn frappuccino 😉
Hello friends! Is it starting to feel a little summery where you’re at yet? We’ve had some gorgeous sunshine going on the past few days, and the next few days it’s even supposed to get up to the 80s! I’m pretty stoked on that. The change of seasons always gives me different cravings, based on how warm it is and what fruits and veggies are coming into season. Seeing beautiful ripe cherries at the store with my other fave fruits get me pretty excited for summer!