It’s hard to believe that the month of September flew by so quickly, and our second volunteer season as lighthouse tour guides at Cape Blanco Lighthouse has come to an end.
We knew pretty early on upon arriving that a month was going to be enough for us, and that our original intention of staying on for October would be tough. We’ve just had so many projects this year, that we need some down time. But reaching the end of the month, packing up and saying our ‘until next time’ to dear friends is a bit bittersweet nonetheless.
On Sunday, we served our last shift at the lighthouse. It was a slow day visitor wise, which left plenty of time to reflect on our month out here.
It’s been tremendous. We needed the stillness for a bit to finish up the book, have a place to get things shipped to so that we could ship out the pre-orders.
And it has been oh-so-marvelous to have such fabulous neighbors.
We’ve known Clarke & Elaine for years now, and always enjoy connecting up with them across the country. When they put in their application to host at the lighthouse, we knew they’d be a great fit here.
And last year we finally got to meet Nina & Paul after years of mutual blog admiration when we co-hosted at Cape Blanco. We clicked in person pretty quickly, and parting ways at the end of our shifts last year was a bit tough. Our connection has stayed strong as we had our individual adventures over the past year – which is an amazing nomadic friendship trait. Being neighbors again this year, just fabulous and connective.
We have plans to meet back up down the road in short time, and suspect there will be many adventures ahead for us!
Overall, our time at Cape Blanco has been jam packed… but again a stupendous experience.
The weather has been even better than we remembered it last year – the sunny days have outnumbered the windy and foggy days.
We’ve hiked many miles and worn tracks in the trails around here, but don’t really get tired of them.
We’ve had a constant stream of visitors stop by – from blog readers, friends and family. We literally lost count and won’t even try to remember the names of everyone who made an effort to stop by. But know we are incredibly touched!
The volunteer position here is just wonderful, even if telling the same story over and over again did get a tad repetitive.
We again do leave feeling accomplished and refreshed. The weight of the book being done is huge. The friendships deepened will last a lifestyle. And so will the memories.
We leave you with some final photos from our time along this amazing southern Oregon coastline:
What up Next?
We’re completely routing by serendipity for the next few months. And it feels GREAT!
We have a general intention to head north and explore more of the Oregon coastline, perhaps visit some of the other lighthouses we keep hearing so much about. Take in some new views, explore more trails and take photos of new subjects. We look forward to new towns with different amenities.. maybe someplace we can go out to eat again? This cooking at home all the time thing has gotten a bit old.
When the time feels right – we’ll take a turn and start heading south, with a general intention of wintering in the southwest. Trying out some desert boondocking, hopefully living off our yet-to-be-decided solar setup.
So.. cheers to serendipity, and the adventures ahead!