No rain, no rainbows

            Ed told me that the coast of Oregon was one of the most beautiful things he had ever seen. He kept talking about how much the rain was appreciated and that no one minded what I thought was crappy weather. During the first half an hour I was in doubt and wanted to rush through to get to California. Elliott fell asleep quickly, as he has done almost any time we’ve had to drive over an hour. Ed and I just watched the landscape change through the thick fog as Ben Folds’ ideas about life and learning played through the speakers. As the music panned through the tracks the fog began to fade and reveal a tangled mess of trees to our left and a rocky coast out the passenger window.

            Our first stop was at Cannon Beach, where we found a cold and misty beach behind a restaurant. After our first five minutes of the Pacific chasing our toes with its foam, the clouds spit water into our expensive lenses and the wind throwing sand into our eyes and hair we were ready to get back in the car and explore farther South.

            The forest thickened and the road narrowed and became rougher. We weren’t on the Oregon Trail Interstate anymore. The Lewis and Clark Trail, or this part of the 101, was made up of pavement that’s patched and cluttered with dips and brief construction. None of this was an aggravation. It seemed like worse the road conditions were the more beautiful the scenery around us became. With each broken part of pavement there was more trees that hung over the roads forming perfect arches for us to pass through. Each highway cone was an exchange for a breathtaking view of a lighthouse above crashing waves shooting a warning light through the fog or a glimpse at a group of sea lions resting on the rocks.

            About midway through the coast of Oregon we reached Florence where we stopped at the world famous Mo’s. The best clam chowder in the world, or so they claim. I had to try a bowl. And I must say, now I’m a fan. I was pretty upset that I didn’t do a full meal of it instead of just settling for a burger. We think there is one near San Francisco so I’ll have to try again.

            Start new day here. My computer died last night when I typed that first part.

             We left our campsite immediately last night to explore. We wondered through woods to find a sand dune that towered over the area. It was easily the highest elevation around. After scaling it and taking a break at the top for about half an hour we were going back down and Ed and I found it much easier to run. So straight down the slope we galloped through the sand sinking nearly a foot with each step and extending at least six feet horizontally. It was an amazing time that made me feel like a kid again. We had to scale the mountain again just to try it again.

            As different as our music taste is, it’s actually starting to come together. We’re all listening to one of Ed’s bands as if it were our own music. In fact, one band of Ed’s is actually such a favorite we call it our theme music. Any time and every time after we do something remotely cool we play it and drive with the windows down. No matter how cold or how fast we’re going we play our theme music. Ed is starting to branch out too. He knows all the words to three Old Crow Medicine Show songs.

            Today (June 5, 07) we’re heading down the coast again. We plan on getting to California, but we’re not sure if we will. If we can have another blissful and misty day like yesterday I wouldn’t care if we didn’t see it for another day.

             It’s looking sunny today, but I’m OK with the rain.

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      I’ll upload some of Ed’s stuff once we get a chance to go through it. His computer is slow and doesn’t have wireless (blame the Kernel). Don’t worry. Keep up with the site and you’ll see our entire trip soon. Very soon.

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One Response to “No rain, no rainbows”

  1. Loved the pictures…especially the lighthouse (of course). Looks like you’re having a great time “rain or shine”.

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