Another year has flown by and I’m sitting here wondering what happened to the time.
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.
California road trip, part two: J and I drive a million miles to Yosemite back up to Lake Tahoe and back to Washington all within 72 hours.
Okay, it’s official.
Time to quit my job and somehow make money by road tripping, eating sushi, and taking pictures. That’s how I spent the last week and how I’d like to spend every week.
J and I got back a couple of days ago from a 5 day road trip from Washington down the coast, through the northern part of the Redwoods, over to Yosemite, up to Lake Tahoe, and back. 2200 miles in 5 days. Sooo much driving we didn’t get to spend as much time everywhere as we would have liked to, but I guess you can’t have it both ways…. Read The Post
Day 3 of the road trip with my mom was our last day of adventuring – day 4 was just a long 8 hour drive home from California (although In-n-Out burgers were involved, so obviously it was still a great day). We woke up and got on the road, passing into California in the morning and driving several more hours to get out of the middle of nowhere. Both of us had been to McArthur-Burney Falls in Northern California before, but it had been several years and we hadn’t gone together, so we decided we’d start the day there.
Finally getting back to where I left off with the first part of the road trip I went on with my mom at beginning of August! We spent the majority of our second day at Crater Lake National Park which is every bit as amazing as I had hoped it would be. Pictures don’t even do it justice or express just how truly stunning Crater Lake is.