Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Gallery | 50 comments

You didn’t think we were going to let something like a triple bypass stop us, did you? No way! We have lots more adventures ahead (just not of the medical variety, please).

Eric’s unexpected open heart surgery was a major derailment in our life journey. But we’re finding our way back to physical and emotional well being—and feeling confident enough that we’re starting to make travel plans. We’ve decided to do something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time, and we’re really excited.



For years, we’ve dreamed of a leisurely trip up the Oregon Coast. Although we’ve camped at many of the coastal Oregon state parks (after all, we’ve lived in southern Oregon for decades), there are stretches of the coast that we’ve never explored, particularly the northern region.

We’ve also wanted to return to some of our favorite places on the Olympic Peninsula—tide pooling at Salt Creek Recreation Area, hiking the trails at Cape Flattery and Hurricane Ridge, biking the Olympic Discovery Trail, hanging out in Port Townsend…we can hardly wait! Along with revisiting favorites, we’re looking forward to exploring places we’ve never been, like Cape Disappointment and the southwestern region of Olympic National Park.

We’ll begin our journey the first week in May, and cap off our Oregon Coast and Olympic Peninsula adventure by sailing to Lopez Island the first week of July, where we’ll once again happily spend the summer as interpretive hosts at Spencer Spit State Park.

I’m feeling an overwhelming desire to buy myself one of those t-shirts that says Life Is Good.”

If you have suggestions for places that we shouldn’t miss in our Pacific Northwest Coastal Extravaganza, please share with us in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Coquille Lighthouse, Bandon

Coquille Lighthouse, Bandon