And of course it’s never really over. The journey continues. I start my practicum at Aprovecho Institute today, and plan to be there for about 3 months. When June rolls round I will be on to the next thing and don’t know what that will be. An exciting thought.
I spent the last few days in OR, checking out the Coos Bay area. I had a relatively relaxing time walking and reading and writing letters and staying in a yurt at Sunset Bay State Park for two nights. I finally found a place in this great country where there was a pocket of no internet or cell reception! Out at the end of Cape Arago I could pick some up, and I found myself wanting to drive the few miles to the point more than was necessary in order to “check in”. Ah habits…bordering on addiction. I am looking forward to unplugging a bit once I’m at Aprovecho, but I recognize that it might be a struggle for me at first!
I wound up the official “ME to OR Roadtrip” yesterday by spending the day at a jazz festival in Coos Bay, listening to swing and big band music, 50s and 60s era rock ‘n roll, blues, zydeco, and surprisingly little actual jazz – which suited me fine. The folks of Coos Bay can certainly boogie on the dance floor – proper dancing, waltzes and foxtrots and salsa, etc. – and I enjoyed watching them nearly as much as the musicians.
I want to reflect on what I’ve learned over the past month, but frankly I can hardly breath round the knot in my stomach! New things, new people, new experiences…you know. I am sure, based on my experiences over the past month, that I can take in stride just about anything – and I am more confident than ever that I am on the right path. Whether I end up loving building with strawbale and cob, or choose to try farming or urban gardening or something else along those lines, I know that I am willing to devote myself entirely to bettering myself and bettering the world. After a trip like this how could I possibly aim for less? Time for the Lupine Lady to strike again!
And now a few last pictures from my roadtrip.