Okay, where were we?  Right.  A day at the coast and then on to Portland.  With friends.  Including one husband, and a bonus daughter.  Plus those mummies.  And that dead person.

             This (hideously misshapen) guy is a hotel marker, and please don’t ask us why he is standing the way he is.  We didn’t.  (But we DID assume it was to direct drivers down the road behind us.)

viking in lincoln city
Karen, a shirtless viking, Barb, and me.
(Because, why wouldn’t you take a picture with him?!)

             At this point, we were walking to get some dinner.  The ideas we had, up to here, were all shot down, due to it being a Tuesday.  (Again, we chose not to ask.)  But then, we just sort of wandered up to a place.  And it was great!

             The next night’s evening meal (sadly, sans one) was slightly better planned.  In a way.  My son helped.  (Using WAY more words.)

portland dessert
These appear much more monochromatic than they actually were.

              In Eugene, we have a lack of good (basic, old-fashioned) Italian restaurants.  In New Jersey, they do not.  Fortunately, my friends love me, and allow me to select food.  So we went HERE.  And it was super good.  Of course, several desserts were shared, top left: chocolate cream puffs, top right: cheese cake, bottom center: tiramisu.

             There are a few more photos around, I think.  But for now, you are mostly all caught up.  The entire trip was refreshing.  Enlightening.  Uplifting.  An excellent adventure.  And I want to do it again SOON!

             Today was not bad either, though.  When I woke up, my intention (relax/de-stress) and our message, were perfectly clear.

Passion and Devotion;

spend time doing what you love.

             And on our card altar, positivity reigns supreme.  Just the way we like it.

crystals and oracle cards

“Snowflake Obsidian  ~  

empowerment, protection, ideas, talents

You have so many wonderful inspirations, ideas, and talents that, to date, you have kept hidden, protecting and nurturing them within the fertile and loving landscape of your heart and imagination.  And rightly so, for the last few years have been like an incubation period, a time in which you have subconsciously been collecting creative fuel to be used at a later date.

Well, that time has now come!  You will soon begin to express and empower your ideas and inspirations as you discover practical applications for them in the physical world.  It is time for you to shine so don’t hold back any longer!”

             Any definition that arrives with such excitable and enthusiastic punctuation can only be a good omen.  This one sounds so joyous!  We’ll take it.

Today’s Deck:

Crystal Oracle Cards by Toni Carmine Salerno

Today’s Mileage:

includes our picnic dinner.  Where we heard the Springfield Community Concert Band playing music at a free park concert.

             (If you click on that link, you’ll see a group picture, Ally [and her very large musical instrument] can be seen in the last row, far left.  Her delightful Mrs is in the center row, 6th one in from the left [with a smaller, but no less important, instrument].)

washburne park, sccb
That shade he’s standing in? Yeah, it was gone in a matter of minutes, and I broiled for the next hour.

             It was only 7.234 miles round-trip, but the hills brought our time (46 minutes and 14 seconds) and average pace (9.3 MPH) down considerably.  The event was totally worth it though.

             Dan’s map failed, so there will be no link this time.  (Which is too bad, that ride would have been fun to see, especially elevation, and looping turns to look at a house, pick up some salad, and our circuitous route home.)

4 thoughts on “Joyful Living.

  1. Living in a touristy, seasonal town I can explain the Tuesdays closed thing. Because so many holidays are on Mondays they stay open on Mondays and take Tuesday as their day off.
    That snowflake obsidian is beautiful.

    Kind of makes it difficult for folks who don’t get traditional weekend days off. Have to agree with Skye’s comment below.

    10:10 p.m.

  2. J3, you beat me to it…yep, often Tue/Weds are the coastal days off.

    Thanks for coming to our concert. You might have to get a sunbrella to carry, like a spear, on your bike to make your own shade.

    I have never seen that viking; where was he?

    Or I’ll just plan my shade-sitting better, now that I know the fucking sun doesn’t go DOWN in August, it just goes ACROSS.

    The Viking is in Lincoln City, several blocks off of 101, down by a few beach-front hotels.

    10:12 p.m.

  3. It always seemed to me ridiculous for any of the coastal businesses to be closed at all during the tourist season. That’s the only time they make real money! Off-season, sure. But when tourists are in town? Insane!

    That viking is just down the street from my mom’s old house. It’s an indicator to the Nordic Inn. And it has always looked to me as if he was doing something naughty. 🙂 But he’s a great landmark and I like him. The hotel right behind him is where the tornado briefly touched down in December 2010 (a day after I returned to Houston). When I was in town last August, they were still repairing the damage.

    Good card: I like to think that my lack of full work the past several years was incubating me for lots of work now! 🙂

    Great picture of y’all. Glad you had such a good time!

    Thank you, The Nordic Inn, I couldn’t remember that name. And yeah, totally with you on this one, see above comment to J3.

    10:14 p.m.

  4. Home from NYC last night and playing catch up. Love the card. Love the message. So happy you had such a great get together…I’m envious of the desserts. ; )

    Good to see you back safely. What an exciting traveling season you’ve had this year!

    Everything there was excellent, not just the desserts. I’d like to go back, we simply do NOT have good Italian restaurants here.
    (My son may disagree,
    but there aren’t the kind
    *I* like.)

    10:17 p.m.

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