Whirlwind Trip

It is stunning how a week can go by in the blink of your eyes! And even more odd how so little of that week remains clear in your memory!

I wonder why this is? Is it from driving hours and hours? A peculiar detachment from ‘losing’ your last child to a new home, hundreds of miles away?

I am happy for her. To be once again surrounded by her siblings (and new little niece). Family is important! But I feel rather hollow now….. hopefully it will pass, since there is little possibility that I will ever be able to join them in Oregon. The hole will not heal….. but perhaps I can fill it with distractions (art, movement, creations).

On to some photos!

This was our first ‘longer’ break, after driving since 8 p.m. the night before…… the sun was rising and Lilly had been seeing orchards that she wanted to photograph.

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Then it was back into the car to drive some more!

We stopped in a small town called Los Banos for breakfast. That’s where I saw my first eucalyptus tree….. it was off in the distance. There was a distinctive deep red glow to it, and the elongated leaves intrigued me…… but I didn’t go gather any leaves 😦  Unfortunately that happened all too frequently. The seeing, without stopping to gather.

We stopped in Berkeley for a stretch and coffee. Crossed over the San Raphael bridge and stopped again for a few more photos. Then headed up the coast.

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24 hours after we left from Arizona, we arrived at our first overnight resting spot. A placed called Sunlit Shanti, in Little River California. The location was heavenly….. pitch black night, soundless except for the chirping of frogs. A very comfortable little hut, with one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in! It was nestled in the midst of an organic farm. Supposed a B&B….. but we were not offered breakfast in the morning, only coffee or tea. Or maybe that second ‘B’ referred to beverage 😉

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On the road again…. we stopped in Fort Bragg for gas and breakfast, and a walk on the beach. I was told about a wonderful botanical garden there, after I returned, that I wish we had known about while we were there. Next visit?

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More driving. We kept passing HUGE eucalyptus trees….. but there were no convenient places to pull off of the road!! Finally Lilly saw a little spot and pulled over. I grabbed my bag and collected a few leaves. I would have collected a lot more, had I known at that time that this was the only stop we would be able to make.

We drove through a redwood tree.

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And continued on up the coast. Stopping in Brookings, Oregon for the night. It started to rain there, and continued all of the next day…..

Final stop….. Portland! Such a relief to get out of the car, knowing that you don’t have to immediately return to it!

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Spent Thursday there, and flew home on Friday. Like I said… a whirlwind trip!


11 thoughts on “Whirlwind Trip

    • Thanks!
      I thought of you as we drove by!! And I wondered….. where does she get her wonderful eucalyptus leaves from?
      I also was glad that the snow that hit Oregon between our visits up there was gone! I was a bit worried about driving through the mountain pass with snow covering it!

    • I’m glad that I made the trip….. it was very spontaneous of me, to switch my days off so that I could go with her.
      Maybe I should be more spontaneous with the rest of my life too!
      We were talking along the way, and we both realized that she is the only child that I have travelled alone with (she went to Oaxaca with me for my 50th birthday). I should rectify that!!

  1. AWWW! Love your recount of our trip! I do wish I had taken more photos and we had had more time to stop along the way to see all the delightful things that we missed! Like that cemetery! We will have to go back …. soon. love you mama!

    • It would be nice to do that same drive….. in over a week, to allow for a more leisurely gathering of leaves and photos!
      The cemetery, the botanical garden in Fort Bragg……. sitting quietly on the rocky cliffs watching the ocean and listening to the pounding waves.
      Night shots in the redwoods
      I hope we will get to go back someday…..
      Love you too Lilly!!

  2. Hi Julie how lovely your blog is, your love of family, nature and creativity… So beautiful to read….and the photos are always artful …hope you are able to get time to create more gorgeous clothing. I totally love the doll for your granddaughter.

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