We’ve been keepin’ it weird in Oregon as Jim Headley and I travel throughout the state, taking in the sights and enjoying a bit of a different culture.
On Wednesday, we traveled from Boise, Idaho to Portland, Oregon, where we had the thrills of a big city with that same rural feel (believe me when I say rural—we had a family of raccoons cross through the backyard where we were staying).
Thursday morning, we set off on the road west, going until we ran out of road, finally reaching the Pacific Ocean. Stopping at a beach, we hopped out of the car as a bank of fog rolled in from the sea. I ran to the ocean and stood in the frigid waters as waves crashed against the cliffs and on the shore, absorbing the experience with all of my being. It was the first time I saw the Pacific.
The ocean reminds you that you’re only human. It puts everything in its place.
Journeying on, we continued south along the Pacific Coast Byway, zipping around curves that hug the mountains the road was made on. Along the way, I saw a man walking down the road, carrying a sign. I snapped a quick photo but it didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. The sign said “Thank You For Waving, I Love You!”
That sign stood out to me, giving me some hope for humanity. Ernest Hemingway once wrote that “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for (…)” and I certainly agree with that. Seeing that guy wave at the cars as they zoomed by reminded me that there still are people in the world that want to spread love, not fear. It is an important message to spread at this time especially.
Here are some photos from the past couple of days:
We arrived in Cottage Grove, Oregon on Thursday afternoon. The North American Jaw Harp Festival kicked off that evening as people from around the nation took over the stage at a local bar to showcase their sounds and music. The festival will continue through Saturday night. Here are some photos from the festival at Cottage Grove on Thursday: