I have ALWAYS loved to dance. I was doing the twist while listening to a transistor radio as young as 3 years of age. My teen and college years were in the Disco era. I could be found under the mirrored ball on the crowded dance floor several nights a week. Our kids and I danced in our kitchen all the time and still do when we are together. Dancing for me was and still remains one of my life’s greatest pleasures. I love to watch Dancing With The Stars. It takes perseverance, thirst for knowledge and a competitive spirit.What I would do to be able to dance like they do! I love watching the improvements over all the weeks of practice.
This past year we have been practicing a perfecting our own “dance” while learning the ropes of the Nomadic life. There are loads of similarities between learning the Tango and being on the move…especially the fact that it takes TWO people to do it.
Just as any couples dance, one of the partners takes the lead and the other follows to make the dance appear seamless and effortless. Each does their movements in part to compliment the other. We have been perfecting our “dance” with lots of practice this summer as we have been moving across the northwest.
We have been moving at least every seven days. That’s a bunch of packing up and then setting up at our new home for the week. Each time we move we load the Harley in the truck, stow everything in the “basement”, hook the truck onto the tow bar of the RV, unhook water, sewer etc….It takes time and precision of a dance routine. Any hiccup in the routine could cause a disaster. I am so thankful to have a wonderful partner to dance with. In the beginning it took hours to unpack and pack up. With practice we have gotten the routine down to a science and can be on the road on no time.
We danced our way out of the state of Washington which we called home for about a month into Oregon.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805–1806 at Fort Clatsop, a small log structure south and west of modern-day Astoria. The expedition had hoped a ship would come by to take them back east, but instead endured a torturous winter of rain and cold, then returned east the way they came. Today the fort has been recreated and is now a historical park.
We never set out on this northwest adventure with the plan to follow the Lewis & Clark trail, but it sure has been the journey we ended up on. We too will be heading back east in a few weeks, BUT we will not be going back the same route as they did. We will continue to seek a new adventure on different “trails”.
Astoria attracted a host of immigrants beginning in the late 19th century: Nordic settlers, primarily Finns which is my heritage.
Unbeknownst to us before we visited here, Astoria has been the place where the movies The Goonies, Short Circuit, The Black Stallion, Kindergarten Cop, Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Benji the Hunted, The Ring Two, Into the Wild, The Guardian were filmed. It is also the home town of the Counting Crows. Pretty cool stuff for the little town if you ask me!
We made our home at Camp Rilea an Oregon National Guard camp. While bicycling to the beach through the training facilities we came upon 3 different herds of Elk!
Following the sound of crashing waves over the dunes, we went on bicycle to find the beauty of the Pacific