In the winter of 2013, we said a hesitant “yes” to packing up our cute little house, saying farewell to the life we had been building and to the friends that had become our family, to move from Los Angeles to Portland. Our initial commitment was to a year in Portland, then reassess and either move on or put down roots. There had been a restlessness growing and both of us wanted to keep exploring and learning. The opportunity for work came up and we took it.
When we decided to move from LA, we thought the best way to do it was to put everything into storage a few months early and stay a few days or more with each of our wonderful friends all over California. That meant quality time to spend with them while we said the longest goodbye ever and then we'd drive on up, stopping at all of our favorite places, to our new life in Oregon. What it really meant was the longest hello when we returned a few months later with no idea what happened really or what to do next.
Though the one-year mark looked different than what we had imagined, it still brought about the same thing we had been feeling the whole time: Lets Explore. We have, in the past, spent weeks and months in succession camping and exploring the West, Baja and the Coast from California to Washington. This time, we’re taking it a little farther, staying out longer - following adventure, telling the stories, chasing sunrises and star trails.
We had somewhat of a plan, but within a few days of our start in California in the desert beauty of the Northern Sierras, we decided to re-route and start heading North. We'll go through California into Eastern Oregon, up to the Gorge and follow that west to the Coast, then continue north into Washington and Canada. As the summer fades and the light changes we'll turn south-east to Montana and Wyoming then hopefully hit autumn in Colorado. And after that... we'll see when we get there.
Plans change and life becomes unexpected. And that unexpected life is what we're seeking.
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That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.
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