Travel and Other Adventures

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Raf and I went to one of our favorite places, Oceanside, WA last month. The Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State is a really funky place. I’ve been visiting it in the Summers for almost as long as I can remember. It is a collection of communities on the thinnest sliver of land on the Washington coast. I was kind of tripping out on how thin this sliver of land is when we were there. I imagine the water table is very close to the surface there.

One of the communities on this sliver is Oysterville. Can you guess what they are known for? That’s right. Oyster farming. It is a very old community. In fact, I think it is one of the oldest in Washington. We finally went on the self guided walking tour and had a look at some of the fabulous old houses.

poor guy
This one kind of broke my heart a little bit. The sign reads:

Built for his bride-to-be who died before the wedding. Faithful to the end, Ned lived a bachelor till the end in this house.

And it is written by the “Daughters of the Pioneers.”


My little walking tour brochure said that Old Ned was jilted by his bride to be and she married someone else. So he lived in this pretty yellow house till he died. I wonder what the real story is? And I also have a feeling the story behind the two differing stories might be interesting as well.

Creepy. Oh, and It’s National Poetry Month!


The weekend after my birthday Raf and I stayed in Ocean Park for the weekend. We spent some time walking around Oysterville, an old fishing village, and had a great time learning about all of the old houses. We discovered the Oysterville Graveyard and wandered around it for awhile. I took a few pictures of the graves, the one above being one of them. What a weird grave site. I mean, seriously. WTF. The place felt kind of haunted as it was and to stumble upon this grave with a baby doll laying atop it was unsettling. But it was also kind of funny too. I don’t know, maybe I just have a dark sense of humor. I think I do.

It’s April, which means it’s National Poetry Month! I’ve also learned that it is NaPoWriMo as well, from one of my Twitter friends, Toni (check out the poem she wrote!) I love the idea and I may try my hand but I doubt I’ll be able to write a poem a day. However, I would like to celebrate the month by sharing some poetry I’ve written. I did a quick video of myself reading a poem that I wrote last year that I will post in the next few days. I need to edit it down a bit in iMovie (which I have no clue how to use) and then I will upload it.

In the meantime, happy National Poetry Month! Please take some time to read and share a few of your favorite poems. I’d love to hear what your favorites are!