Last Few Days At Gorgeous Cape D
“Seize the time, Meribor. Live now! Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.” Capt Picard, Star Trek The Next Generation (The Inner Light Episode 1992)
Our time is up and we’re about to depart this lovely spot we’ve called home for the past 4 weeks. I always find these moments of parting kinda sad. I tend to fall in love rather easily (yes, I’m a bit of a romantic sap in case that wasn’t already completely obvious from my blog) so the places that speak to me wind their way into my heart and I feel a loss at their parting. Cape D has definitely hit all the right pleasure-points for me and I’m going to miss it terribly -> the wild beaches, the gorgeous lighthouses and lovely Astoria right next door. But I’m also excited for the next step of our journey, our trip up the Olympic Peninsula and our next hosting job at Orcas Island. No doubt I’ll fall in love all over again and gush romantically on the blog, as I tend to do, but that’s all part of the journey and the goal (as hard as it may be sometimes) to live “now”. Isn’t that what life is all about, in the end?
Sappy stuff aside, it’s been a fun-filled & social last week here on the Cape. Paul’s niece Alex came into town, so we’ve been running around doing the “tourist” things (I’m talking like an old hand here) with trips into Long Beach, hikes around the Cape and several stops in Astoria, including the excellent weekly farmers market. Despite 4 of the wettest days we’ve seen all summer (and I’m talking pouring rain here) we managed quite a few fun things including our first stab at fishing for salmon. The Serious Pizza Store which is on-site at Cape D is a jack-of-all-trades places that not only does excellent pizza, but also rents fishing gear, bicycles and can set you up for about any other activity you’d like in the area (I even saw surf lessons advertised yesterday). The guy who owns the place is super-nice and armed us with the entire range of gear & details on exactly where to go to lure the big fish. We braved a a few hours of windy, grey day on the jetty, but sadly came back empty handed with nary a bite. Still it made for a good fishing story (“the one that got away” comes to mind) as well as a fun afternoon.
We’ve also had several more blog buddies and blog readers come by to see us. Our Airstream-friends Aluminarium (you may remember them from our shiny time at Lake Mead, NV in March) have been travelling north to their property in WA and dropped by for a one-day visit in Astoria. We took the opportunity as a challenge of science, naturally and went for some new explorations in town.
We started our experiments with a rather generous tasting of hard stuff at North Coast Distilling. I can’t say all the liquors were to my liking, but the host was enthusiastic and I did enjoy the Painted Lady Gin (would lend itself beautifully to a dirty martini). This followed with a visit to see the Goonies house which is not too exciting, but kinda a “must do” and now we can say we’ve done it. We ended the evening with an excellent meal & beer at the new Buoy Beer Company. There are no tasting flights here sadly, but the beer was good, the view fantastic and we had hands down the best meal out we’ve had this month in Astoria (everything was tasty)…highly recommended!. Our evening ended with the first rays of sun over a darkened sky that we’d seen in several days. Excellent time with excellent RV friends.
That just about brings us to the end of things. Tomorrow our niece goes home and then we’re headed north to “hide out” for the 4th of July in what we hope will be a nice private park by the coast of Westport, WA. Our last lighthouse shift is done, we’ve said our goodbyes to the other volunteers and we’re about to see if our jacks still work. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this has been a most excellent posting. The volunteer coordinator (Steve) is not only a really nice guy, but also very appreciative of his volunteers and always looking to make sure those who stay here enjoy their jobs, plus the park is simply gorgeous and the area amazing. North Head lighthouse will be starting a thorough renovation next year (very exciting stuff), so looks like we may be waiting a tad to come back, but come back we have no doubt we will. Great lighthouse, great place, great town. Who wouldn’t want to be here?
As the rather philosophical Jean Luc Picard would have pointed out, the moment of “now” is moving and the goal is to move with it and enjoy the journey along the way. See ya later Cape D. Helm, Warp one. Engage!