We just spent three awesome days with friends we feel like we’ve known forever, despite the fact that we only see each other every couple of years, and just about every time it is in a new country or state. They grew up California hippies, sailed the world (we first met … Read More

On the 1


Today was another rain day. Oh, how we loathe rain. With nothing better to do we decided to just drive on a bit. We had spent the night in a state park along the Avenue of the Giants, so we continued there before hopping back on the 101. We eventually … Read More



Slowly meandering south. Hiding somewhere nearby Paul Bunyan is a guy with a microphone, and from far up above the kids comes a deep voice saying hello, and having a short conversation with them. Ouest thought it was amazing, Lowe didn’t figure out what was going on. Ouest was still … Read More



Ouest has been taking almost as many pictures as I have as of late, but I have been terrible about getting them loaded on the computer and actually going through them. She’s been showing so much enthusiasm though that we finally sat down and began the process, showing her the … Read More

Humbug Mountain


We rolled into Coos Bay yesterday. It’s one of those places that I always remember vividly. When I was still in college Ali and I took a trip out to Oregon. We flew into Portland, rented a car, made a beeline south on 5, and then turned to the coast … Read More

Beachside State Park


If you are anywhere near the river in Newport you can hear the sea lions. Their barks echo for miles. They are so loud that yesterday we started to walk to the waterfront to see them only to discover that they were actually on the other side of the river … Read More



We were driving past a casino the other day and Ali said, “People still go to those?” Disbelief—as if it hadn’t occurred to her. I thought that was pretty funny. Here is something I’ve been thinking about for a few months now. You know those yellow signs you see when you’re … Read More



The bus is ready to go. Headed down the 101. I feel like we’ve done this trip a hundred times, but then I feel like we’ve never done it. It all sort of runs together at times. I do know that this is the kids’ first southbound 101—out of Portland, … Read More

Bus Work


Well it took ten days, but the bus is back and it is better than ever. Like so extremely better than ever that as I drove it down the road from the shop I actually laughed out loud. I couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face. It’s ridiculous how … Read More

Oregon State Fair


Ouest woke up having to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. We walked into the hall where the moon was shining in the windows when she suddenly stopped, looked around, and asked me, “Why is everything black and white?” One of the things I love about having … Read More