Get Lost, (Part 4)

(Fourth in a series)

eureka

Low ebb, high tide…

 

                    The lowest ebb and highest tide…

      I guess we took us for a ride…

I guess it’s just a gesture…

      

      At the end of the continent…
 

                                    At the edge of the continent…

Get Lost enters California: First stop Eureka and Fort Bragg: 2 days, 1 night.

Eureka is a peaceful and beautiful Victorian town. We drove around a bit with our camera hanging out the window to document the sights of painted ladies and the mural at the Arkley Center for Performing Arts. We finally found a place to park and went on the adventure for food. We walked through a couple blocks of Old Town admiring the scenery and glancing at the Old Town Square water fountain, until  I decided to poke my head into a Continue reading “Get Lost, (Part 4)”

Get Lost (Part 3)

(Third in a series)

You look to the sky…haystackrock

                

               Set your course on into the night…

You say good-bye…                                

                            You hold your head high…

    Wherever you’re goin it’s alright…

Second stop was Cannon Beach and Salem: 1 day, 1 night

We headed out early morning on a sunny Sunday from Portland to Cannon Beach. As we made our way onto the bustle of South Hemlock Street we searched for a parking space for quite awhile among the beach front stores. We decided that this was not the Cannon Beach we wanted to see so we headed out of town and followed the coastline till we reached Tolvana Park. It had a huge parking lot and its location was close enough to Haystack Rock to make it a lovely walk. Immediately we were kicking off our flip flops and running into the waves with all the wild abandon and pure joy of small children.

We felt ourselves become light and the burden of our car ride washed down our shoulders into the sand at our feet. We contemplated the joyous day were given and looked forward to what lay ahead, we drew in the sand Continue reading “Get Lost (Part 3)”

Get Lost (Part 2)

portlandpic1                             There are signs…

               Dividing in…

                              That I couldn’t abide…

 I wouldn’t miss it again…

         Burning every bridge that I cross…

              To find some beautiful place…        

                                   To get lost…

First stop was Portland: 2 nights, 2 days

We pulled on to Division Street around ten at night, parked the car, unloaded the bare necessities, and made our way up the steps to the Bluebird Guesthouse. A beautiful craftsman home with all the charm it can possibly possess. We made our way through the living room, through the kitchen, and down the stairs to our room: The Elliot Smith Room. Out of the seven rooms ours is the only one named after a music artist; the rest named after famous authors: Garcia-Marquez, Beverly Cleary, Sherman Alexie, Ken Kesey, Raymond Carver, and Gao Xingjian.

In our room was a full sized bed, two nights stands ( I got the one with the lamp so I could read at night), a small vanity, a small shelving unit with towels, and a little closet with hangers. In the vanity drawer was a biography of Elliot Smith, paper, two pens, and an extra key. Everything in our small welcoming room was used at some point in the two days we were Continue reading “Get Lost (Part 2)”

Get Lost (Part 1)

Road trippin’ with my two favorite allies…

Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies…

It’s time to leave this town…

It’s time to steal away…

Let’s go get lost…

Anywhere in the U.S.A.

Let’s go get lost…                                                                  Let’s go get lost…

As a teenager I couldn’t wait to go on a road trip, but with a job at sixteen, schoolwork, and socializing I never got around to it. As my friends and I graduated, with some heading out into the work force, some going to university, and others getting started on the mommy track, it would be years before we would get our chance. I’ve been able to have a couple small adventures, but my friend Michelle and I decided to make our great escape at twenty-five to California.

We were able to call upon her family to watch her two girls and we put in motion a weeklong trip that would take us from Seattle to Portland to Napa to Redding and make a loop ending at my mom’s home in rural Oregon. Michelle would proceed on to her home in Washington and I would take the train back up after spending a couple days with my mom.

I spent almost a month prior to our little adventure doing research… can you tell I work at a library!? I needed to know how far we would travel, what destinations we wanted to hit, and make sure we had activities planned every day.

I immediately headed to Google Maps to check on the travel time between cities. This helped me plot out what locations we could hit in one day. I was also able to check on hotels, motels, and campgrounds near-by and potential attractions. With Microsoft Excel I created a daily itinerary and left myself room for notes, such as, addresses of attractions, places for the night, miles traveled, emergency contact numbers, and food nearby. Two of my favorite helpful guidebooks that I got from the library were:mobilguide

Mobil Travel Guide: Northern California, which had maps and a mileage chart. With my mom living in Oregon I felt more comfortable traveling within the state, but California was a whole new adventure for the two of us so I was constantly looking at the map to make sure we were headed in the right direction and make myself aware of the exits ahead. It’s a great companion to any navigator in the passenger seat.

funnortherncaliIn Fun with the Family in Northern California, even though we did not have Michelle’s little ones with us, we were able to find affordable and free entertainment. This book is especially helpful when traveling on a budget. With it we discovered Glass Beach, in quiet Fort Bragg on the Northern coast of California and Moaning Cavern located in Vallecito, California near the Motherlode!  It makes you aware of the roads less traveled, such as, Highway 121 the Silverado Trail which offers more of a back road view between Calistoga and Napa.

With a good friend and some snacks and supplies we let the library be our guide! (The journey continues next week).

Dynamic Duo

“I just want to make sure
                      that a million years from now
                                        I can still see you up close and
                                                         we’ll still have amazing things to say.”

Two of my favorite unconventional stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are coming together for a second time in the movie titled (500) Days of Summer, which will be released in August of this year. Their first film together Manic is not in our collection, but these titles that they star in separately are among my favorites:

alltherealgirlsIn All the Real Girls we meet Paul, played by Paul Schneider, a small town womanizer who’s slept with practically every girl in town, which hasn’t made him too popular. When his best friend Tip’s little sister, Noel, played by Zooey Deschanel, comes back home from boarding school it’s going to take a lot more than his boyishly good looks to win the girl. Paul learns some of life’s hardest lessons when it comes to dating a best friend’s sister and falling in love.

 Winter Passing reminds us that going back to the beginning can start the rest of your life. When you’re the daughter of two amazing yet unstable novelists you’ll find winterpassingany way to carve out a life for yourself. Independent actress Reese Holden, played by Zooey Deschanel, has just been asked to secure the love letters written between her two parents after her mother’s recent death, but going back home to get them will be harder than she can imagine. With a sheltered wannabe rocker and an ex-graduate English Rose occupying her father’s house, while her father lives in the garage, she sets off a dialogue years upon years in the making.

                                                                    

 “Until then, all I can do is wake up,
take a shower, with soap, and try to forgive myself.
If I can do that, then maybe others will  forgive
me too. 
I don’t know if that will happen, but I
guess
I’ll just have to work backwards
from there.”

 In the movie The Lookout Chris, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has a decision to make: to give in or to finally fight back. the_lookout_dvdChris Pratt had everything going for him…the girl, the social network, and he was the star of the high school hockey team, but after a tragic joy ride on a dark back road he is left with a brain injury that leaves all he has worked for behind. Now he works a menial job as a janitor at a local bank and goes to therapy to get his brain to process his memory until then he writes everything down in his notebook.  Coerced by an old school mate and the seductive Luvee Lemons, played by Isla Fisher, he gets sucked into a scheme to rob the bank of its fortunes.

brick1A modern day twist on film noir,  Brick tells the story of love, sex, drugs, and murder in the language the genre was original born in. Before finding his ex-girlfriend Emily dead, Brendan Frye, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is given four words that will lead him to the truth about her death and expose an underworld that Emily had found herself playing a part in: Brick, Tug, Frisco, and Pin.  Set in a high school setting Brendan must crawl through the social class system and discover how seedy high school can truly be.