We’ve now been at Cape Blanco for just over a week.
We’ve completed our first full set of volunteer shifts, and start another today. There are 4 volunteer couples and we work on a rotational schedule of three days in a row (an afternoon shift, a full 6 hr day, then a morning shift), get a day off, then repeat with everyone having Monday & Tuesday off.
All and all, a total of 14-17 hours (each) a week in exchange for our full hook-up huge private site… oh so grueling.
We’ve spent a lot of our time just soaking this amazing place in and exploring every hiking trail we can find. Try as she might, the magical words crafted by the lovely Nina just can’t do this place complete justice. Nothing could really prepare me for what an amazing experience this would be.
Some days are still and calm and clear, apparently more common for September than other months. .
Some days are completely fogged in and blustery, windy and chilly.
Other days are a mix, where it’s clear at the campground, but completely fogged in just a mile away at the lighthouse with wind that will rip the hat right off your head.
We love it all.
Especially the nights.
As night owls, we frequently walk the grounds in the wee hours of the morning when most are snoring away. There are just images that are impossible to capture in a picture.
Like the Milky Way gently kissing the Pacific Ocean as a sliver of the moon is setting and meteors shoot overhead.
Or the illumination of the 1000w light bulb focused by the 1.5 order Fresnal lense of the lighthouse sweeping by every 20 seconds.
We walk out to the cape in the midst of eerie night fog and wind, and feel enveloped in the safety of the light overhead, or feel the heavy absence when the fog is too thick to even see the light.
Here’s a round up of this past introductory week:
If you can’t tell, yes – this is exactly where we’re meant to be right now, and it’s made of awesome-sauce.
I just want to bottle up all the joy I have in my heart right now to share with a later date. I feel like I’ve been plopped right in the middle of Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory with a golden ticket to taste, feel and smell every nook and cranny. And oh goodness… I will.