Changing Of The Guard – Cape Blanco, OR
Believe it or not we’ve come to the end of September. The long days of summer are fast falling behind us and the first bites of winter are nipping at our heels. Mother Nature is in the midst of her fall changes and seems to teeter on the edge of indecision, and we’re starting to see it ever more in her wild moods right here at Cape Blanco. In the AM we might be baking in streaming sunshine and a gentle breeze, but by PM the first storm rolls in and dumps her wrath in full force, just to keep us on our toes. The wind flips-flops daily between her summer direction from the North and her winter howling from the South, never quite settling in a single pattern. Before long she’ll make her final decision, then the heavens will open and they won’t fully stop until next Spring….or at least that’s what we tell the tourists 🙂 This is the pattern of weather in the PNW and it’s a fascinating time of year to be here.
The end of the month also brings another change here at the Cape. Our buddies Technomadia are moving on to new adventures and we’ll miss being parked next to them. You see through the RV lifestyle you make lots of general connections with folks on the road, and then you make a couple of really deep ones. Sometimes these relationships are even more intense than they were in our “stix & brix” lives because of the simple fact that this lifestyle is transitory. You meet, you connect and then you move on…much the same way as general life, but just in a much more accelerated fashion. So in a way RVing encourages you to bypass most of the frivolous stuff and get right into the good stuff, time being of the essence so to speak.
I’ve always been the type of gal who enjoys going straight into the deeper stuff, so in this way RVing suits me very well. Through our 5 years on the road we’ve made many, many fun acquaintances and also a bunch of solid friends with whom we feel a deep sense of community. Who ever knew this was possible? We’re super sad to see our buddies move on, but also super happy we got to spend this month together. The good news is we know we’ll see them again and we’re also not left alone. We get to keep Clark & Elaine for another month which is going to be fun 🙂
The change of seasons also has our thoughts drawing back to the wide southwest desert. When we left the desert end of April this year we’d been boondocking continuously for ~5 months. I’m a bit of a desert rat so I was still in the groove of it, but after a particularly nasty (and windy) 90-degree day Paul was so fed up he declared “I never want to see the desert again!”. Not one to be discouraged by minor barriers I simply accepted his position and pondered the future. “Hmmm…wonder what we’re going to do next winter?”. I’d mostly forgotten about the comment (mostly) until the other day at the beach when hubby turned to me and, without any prompting whatsoever, proclaimed “You know, I’ve been dreaming about the desert again…..”.
Ah, the miracle of the changing seasons. The nip of cold and the fall storms have my lovely man thinking about relaxing days in the boonies and this makes me a happy gal. Somehow I knew he’d come around and here he was. Mother Nature not only pushes us to feel differently about the weather, but also changes our very soul, if we listen to her that is. Deep stuff, right? Either that or 5 months by the coast has sated our ocean hunger and opened up our desert bellies for another feeding. We’re dreaming about boondocking again and (even) have some extra-exciting plans which I’ll tell you about when/if we get around to them (how’s THAT for a bleeding tease, eh?)
So, here we are walking into October with the itch of change in our belly. We’ll be here at Cape Blanco for another month where we will likely see many more sunsets, walk many more trails and brave the very first of the winter storms (a new experience for us). Then, early November we’ll stop for a quick visit with our friends Elite Repair and Remodel in Eugene for a few fixes & upgrades…and finally…after all that we’ll embark on a gunshot route to our beloved winter digs.
Boonies, desert, wide-open spaces. Oh yes, I can already taste it 🙂
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