Slow Selfie in a yurt

Life, Photography


Here is another one from last summer that makes me happy. I took this last summer when we went yurt camping at Cape Lookout. We decided to hop over to the coast on a whim to escape the heat and bad air from the fires and only stayed one night. It was so fun though! It was my first time yurt camping and I want to do it again. Such a cozy little space.

How was your Christmas?  We originally planned to go to the coast on Christmas but Portland had a freak ice storm and the roads were terrible on Christmas Eve. It was better Christmas day but not much. We kept waiting for the temperatures to creep up above freezing but it didn’t really happen. We finally had to accept that we couldn’t make the drive. I was disappointed and was tempted to be all “woe is me” and “wow 2017 sucked it might as well end on this note” and “I have the worst luck.” etc. But I have decided to do something different. My new motto is “roll with the punches.” I am so tired of getting upset with each bad thing that happens (and we all kind of know that this has been that kind of year). I obviously have no control over bad shit. So I’m going to roll with the punches. It turns out that Christmas ended up being very relaxing and nice. I read and knitted and we walked around the neighborhood and looked at Christmas lights and it was lovely.

Now we are back up to normal temperatures, and maybe even above normal. It was 54 degrees this morning when I woke up and I went running in shorts!


Cape Lookout in a Yurt

Travel and Other Adventures

Saturday morning I get an email from my husband: “Cape lookout has campsites available for Sunday. We can get a regular campsite or we can get a yurt. They have one yurt available.” Me: “Let’s take the yurt!”

It’s been years since we’ve been to Cape Lookout on the Oregon Coast. In fact, the last time we’d camped here was when we lived in Spokane, about  8 years ago. When we were here last I remember thinking it was one of the most beautiful places I’d ever been.

I have to say, it was just as pretty as I’d remembered. And this was the first time I’d ever stayed in a yurt. It was surprisingly awesome! I kind of didn’t even feel like I was camping. There was even electricity! The crazy thing is that I didn’t bother brining a plug to charge my phone because, why would I do that if I am going camping? where am I going to plug my phone in? But our yurt had an electrical outlet. So. My phone was dead for a day with a perfectly good outlet sitting there mocking me. Oh well. It was nice to be unplugged for a bit.

Here are some photos.

Cape Lookout, Oregon

Travel and Other Adventures


I just realized that I forgot to post yesterday about our little trip. Sorry about that…Busy day yesterday.

Anyway, after South Beach we drove a couple of hours North and ended up at Cape Lookout on the Oregon Coast, about 11 miles from Tillamook. We went there last year and I knew I wanted to come back. Oh. My. God. It is a beautiful place. It’s magically beautiful. It might be the most gorgeous place I’ve ever been. If you ever have a chance to visit the Oregon Coast I highly suggest stopping by Cape Lookout.

By this time I was kind of getting sick of camping. Taking down and setting up camp every single day blows. I won’t do that again. But we did end up with a really pretty campsite here. We had lots of privacy and shade and there was a little creek running right next to the site. We set up camp and then Raf went for one of his epic-long hikes and I went into town to get dinner (not-dogs to roast on the fire), hung out on the beach, went for a little hike, and spent some time reading H.P. 7.

Raf wandered back into camp and we decided to roast our “hot dogs.” Then we went back to the beach to watch the sun set.

That night we were sleeping rather peacefully when we heard some really scary growling noises. It was very scary. I don’t know what it was but it sounded like a rabid racoon. Whatever it was it was pissed. And it was right near our heads. When I rolled over it started growling and making really strange sounds – like it was fighting something. Then I heard it walk down and splash in the creek. Scary!

The next morning, after we took down our camp yet again, we drove up to the trailhead and hiked the Cape Lookout trail. The views were spectacular! Seriously, if you are ever on the Oregon Coast…

After our hike we headed up to the Long Beach Penninsula in Washington State, one of our favorite places. More about that interesting day tomorrow!

Here are some more pictures from Cape Lookout:

Beach People