Days Of Right And A New “Lighthouse Nut” Buddy – Cape D, WA
When I’m close to nature I find there are few “bad” days. I’m not talking about the weather here. In fact I’m mostly weather-agnostic and enjoy just about everything out there -> fog, rain, sunshine, wind. Each has its moments (in moderation of course) and thanks to the dog we get out in all of it. No, what I’m talking about is the soul-enriching essence of nature itself. The green grass beneath your feet, the sand in your toes, the sound of birds, the thundering echo of waves and the beauty of a single sunset. That’s what regenerates me and gives me that sense of “ahhhhh” which I’m always seeking. It’s the reason we’re so picky about where we stay and why we’re almost fanatical about eschewing private RV parks & taking the beast to public areas and dog-friendly spots. We don’t just park at our RV site, we live here. Our site is our home and whatever sightseeing we do is secondary to that. We want to be able to sit outside in nature, hike right from our rig and touch the ocean without ever having to drive. Not everyone RVs this way, but that’s the definite WheelingIt preference.
Now, I admit I don’t always get it right. Despite my near obsessive-compulsive approach to planning, I sometimes miss the ticket. There’ve been times we’ve ended up in totally the wrong place at totally the wrong time of year being eaten alive my mosquitoes in 90-degree heat, paying ridiculous amounts for sub-par RV parks or just plain stacked like sardines. But I’ve learned over the years and when I get it right baby, I totally get it right (yes, I can admit this…unashamedly). Cape D is one of those spots where just about everything is right and I can’t help but boast about it. The weather may change as wildly as the tumbling waves that crash the rocky shores, but the moments in-between are astonishing and the diverse geology of the Cape gives you so many different views to capture it.
Our day on Friday just typifies this experience.
We started the morning in cool weather and slight grey enjoying a hike with doggie and bike ride up the Cape to a scenic overlook of the beach. The day was just teasing at this point, giving us a glimpse of what was to come. As the morning progressed the sun emerged, exposing aqua skies and saturating the greens of our campsite. We whiled away our morning working on the internet with the birds chirping outside our window. After lunch we made our way to the lighthouse for our afternoon shift and by this point the day was glowing. We rounded the short 1/4 mile trail and the lighthouse rose to view shimmering white against the deep blue sea. I always savor this moment, the moment I first get to see the lighthouse each day, and can’t help but marvel at what a fine lady she is. Who else gets to have this nice a commute?
Our afternoon passed rapidly with great weather, stunning views and over 80 visitors, culminating with TakeToTheHighway, a vivacious fulltime RV lady whose excellent blog I’ve been following for a while. To give you an idea of how much we’ve got in common Suzanne reacts to the word “lighthouse” rather the same way Polly reacts to the word “squirrel” making her a certified lighthouse nut & thus instant buddy. We chatted away until the end of our shift inviting her over for drinks and dinner at the rig. Not only did we have a fabulous evening, but Suzanne brought along an excellent wine, fresh smoked salmon and blue cheese (all from OR, naturally). The perfect RV guest
After dinner we parted company and left everyone behind while Polly and I took a sunset excursion to the beach. Rather than go right to the beach-parking areas I decided on a secluded 1/2 mile trail to extend my time with Mother Nature, and was instantly rewarded with a sight that made me gasp -> one of the largest and most magnificent bucks I’ve seen in a while. He appeared out of nowhere against the evening glow and just stood there eyeing us, giving us full view of his towering antlers before turning around and trotting away. WOW! Once on the beach Polly ran around in the sand while I enjoyed near-perfect solitude photographing the setting sun & the coastal waves. Thanks to our little hike we were completely alone with nothing but nature’s deepening colors and sunset theater to keep me company….”ahhhhhhhhh”!
It was just another typical day on Cape D, yet a day unlike any other. The wonder of being in nature was all it took to make it special. I know I’ll have bad days in the future. We all do. And I know I’ll make mistakes. We all do. But days like this when I get it right…oh baby…it is soooo right and worth whatever it might have taken to get us here. Great company, beautiful nature, a fine lighthouse and a glorious beach sunset. What more could you want in life?
P.S. A little Danish Culture for you -> As of today we’ve rounded Midsummer and progress towards shorter days. In Denmark we mark this turning point with Sankt Hans Aften, a night of bonfires, song and food. We may not be lighting any fires tonight, but you can be sure I’ll be communing with Mother Nature in our backyard. It’s all kinds of right.
P.P.S. All the pics in today’s post were taken on Friday. A full day in words & photos.
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