Posted by: tuulenhaiven | March 11, 2012

It’s not over ’til it’s over: ME to OR Roadtrip, Part 5

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.

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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!

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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. :)

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Responses

  1. ends and beginnings. reminds me of that hindu god that is facing the borh ways at once, but joined as the present. hope the practicum is everything you hope.

    • Thanks Dad. So far so good – great, in fact. :)

  2. It all sounds so exciting. I hope you learn a lot of fascinating things that you can share with us.
    Beautiful phtos as ususal. I like those washed out stones.

    • Thanks Caroline. One of my main goals for my time here is to definitely share what I’m learning. If I can get other people excited about this stuff that would be fantastic. :)

  3. I love the colors in the beach pics. You have a really good eye for exposure.

    • Thanks Ti. I really got into a groove when taking those beach pics and had fun with it!


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