We're moving on from Cape Blanco a month early
This is the reason we rarely try to repeat experiences, as great as they may be – there’s always new things to check out too.
Our time at Cape Blanco Lighthouse last year was simply magical. It was the perfect fit in our lives for what we needed after an emotionally tough year. It gave us a chance to connect with nature, concentrate on volunteering, connect with each other, reflect on life in general and connect with dear friends.
We had no other big work projects up at the time. We were able to actually relax for a bit, and left centered and refreshed.
We made a commitment to return this year, and so did our co-hosts and friends Nina & Paul. And then our friends Clarke & Elaine signed on too, making it a full on community.
We’ve had returning to this location as our pin for the year, our destination. With the vision it would be the same relaxing reset for us.
The location we returned to is the same. The lighthouse still shines its beacon of light. The seals still bark, and whales still enchant. The hiking trails still meander through green forests with amazing ocean views. Visitors still smile as we tell them tales of the lighthouse and history.
Like the beaches at our doorstep, the sand is always different – it moves daily with the wind and waves forming new patterns.
The driftwood relocates with each new storm that blows onshore.
We were actually more exhausted pulling into Cape Blanco this year than last. We’ve had a year of back to back intense work projects and have hardly worked less than 60 hours a week all year long. We also had just completed a cross country repositioning, something that wears us out more and more each time.
This year instead of our 17 hours a week of volunteering being enjoyable time that breaks up a lot of otherwise free time, we’re struggling to add in those 17 hours to an already overfull work load. We’re launching the book, the new resource center, consulting to clients and preparing app updates. And that’s not even counting the extra projects, like testing solar panels.
We pretty quickly realized that instead of this being the same relaxing experience as last year, we’d constantly be riding on a edge of pure exhaustion & stress trying to keep up, which just isn’t healthy.
We need to reduce our workload, not increase it.
So, we’re doing what we must do… and unfortunately cutting the volunteer hours is the easiest adjustment to make. We’ve made arrangements to leave at the end of this month.* September has been great – we love it out here, being with our friends and the volunteer position.
A month has been plentiful this time around, and we simply can’t keep this pace up – we need October to catch up on a back log of projects, and focus on getting balance back in our lives.
Where will we head? We’re not sure yet. We’re keeping our options open – there’s so much more beauty in Oregon that we’ve only heard about, and October is a great month up here before the weather turns.
Maybe we’ll explore more of the coast? Crater Lake? Back to Eugene, Bend or Portland? The eastern Sierras? We’re open to ideas if you have them!
We know we’ll find some amazing places to explore while we focus on regaining balance in our lives by completing projects on our plate. We’re excited and looking forward to the adventures ahead!
* If you have the open time, and are in the area – there may be an opening for another volunteer at Cape Blanco for October. Contact Greg at email@example.com if interested.