Transcending Space & Time – Cape Blanco, OR
There are some places that seem to transcend space and time. You know what I mean, right? You go there and it feels like you’ve entered a 5th dimension, some kind of parallel universe where everything you know is left behind.
Things are completely different there. Life seems to spin at it’s own rate, the petty worries of man become irrelevant and Mother Nature takes over as Ultimate Master. You go there and you feel yourself undergoing a physical and mental shift, edging away from regular life and merging into a universal flow that follows the waves and tides of the ocean.
But these places will also test you.
Mother Nature at her very edge is neither soft nor easy. She will send the winds of a thousand storms to your doorstep, thrashing you around like a wildcat playing with her prey. She will tease you with rays of sunshine and then callously pellet you with torrential rain. She will comfort you in the most beautiful sunset you ever imagined, only to darken the next and remind you that she can never fully be trusted. And it’s all either something you love or you absolutely hate.
For me these places re-invigorate my soul. My senses alight and my vision clears, much like awakening from a delicious slumber, and I sense color and depth in an almost psychedelic way. Some people take drugs for this kind of experience. I go to Cape Blanco State Park.
I can honestly say that there’s no place we’ve been in our 7 years of travel that’s impacted me quite so deeply. When I come here I typically end up writing philosophical babble multiple times, as each hike in nature overwhelms me with thoughts and insights that I didn’t expect. There’s no place that’s inspired me to become so introspective, no place that’s urged me to compose poetry, and certainly no place that has prompted me to do so not just once, but over months and years of coming back!
Those of you who’ve followed the blog for many years already know Cape Blanco very well. This majestic Cape jutting 6 miles out to sea, the Westernmost point in Oregon, the windiest point in Oregon, with her gorgeous 146-year old lighthouse and miles of untamed beach & trails is like no-where else I know. It was one of the very first places we volunteered as lighthouse hosts in 2012, and it’s lured us back almost every year since.
Everytime we return I think I can’t possibly write or photograph anything new. After all how many times can you wax poetic about the same bleeding Cape? But then we arrive, and the forest envelops me in her silence, and the soft rays of light filter through and I transport to a place beyond this world, and I am gone.
But not everyone “gets” this place. The Cape sits so far out to sea that it composes it’s very own weather system. It’s often horribly cold, foggy & windy when the land just 6 miles in is sunny and calm. And when the wind blows, oh my Poseidon does it blow! With ~4000 miles of open sea to fuel it, the wind crashes against the Cape like Thor’s hammer in a wild rage. It’s not unusual for winds to blow 25-30 mph just on a normal day, and we’ve seen 94 mph when the “big” storms come in. In winter it gets even crazier.
Most folks who come here just stay a few days, either because of the insane weather or because there’s really nothing much to do except hike around and visit the Lighthouse (and Hughes House). I mean how many wind-and-view photos can you really take?
But whenever we come we always want to stay for as long as we can.
I like to think the Cape speaks to the wild side of me. Her moods speak to mine, bringing forth thoughts and feelings I didn’t know I could express. And despite all the time we’ve spent together she never fails to make me feel this way. She takes me someplace else, and when I walk into her land I willingly submerge to her majesty.
When I’m here I go to a place beyond places, a time beyond time, and I transcend it all. She feeds my soul, and when I leave she always leaves me longing to come back for more.
Until next time, my crazy, beautiful Cape.
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