Posted by: Sally Ingraham | 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.


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. 🙂







  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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