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Thursday, May 21, 2009

What Oregon Looks Like and Other Tales of a Long Drive

I find myself to be a fair-weather photographer and unpredictable at best.  You should also know that I have no problem with this.  On the most prolific of days, I will shoot 50 images of peeling tree bark, cracks in the sidewalk, cloud formations and cherry blossoms (I also will not tell you how many photos of my cats I take - the quantity is embarrassing).  On the rest, I will not snap a single image, in the name of being present in the moment.  


So last weekend when BC and I [rather unannounced] packed up and drove to California for my little sister's college graduation, I managed to take a total of 18 photos.  15 of those were on the drive, trying ANYTHING to pass the time.  Oregon is a beautiful state, but too often these days, it is just a looooooooooong 306 miles between Washington and California.  And once the junk food has made me sick (road trips are my excuse to eat junk like sour patch kids and handfuls of coco puffs, the kind of things I won't touch any other time but gleefully munch on in the car), I resort to amusing myself with the camera.  









We threw up a tent right on the Northern California coast, and spent a long weekend with my family celebrating my Miss Aubrey, the new hot-off-the-press-Humbolt-State-University-Graduate.  The weather was impeccable, dense fog in the early morning, burning off to a crisp 70 degrees by midday, the ocean roaring and brilliantly turquoise, the town of Arcata quirky as ever.  We ate it up family-style, touring the local breweries and cookhouses, sampling the farmer's market, conversation flowing as easy as the brew.  We clapped and shouted at the sight of black robes and mortar boards marching in line (as unruly as could be, it is Humbolt after all!).  We flew kites, dug fingers into the sand, stood under the stars on the beach at two in the morning, watched jugglers in the plaza, walked barefoot in the grass.  And then after the last glass was raised and the last hug offered, BC and I headed for home, exhausted but full of life.

Aubrey
I am so proud of you.  You are the kind of woman I would adore and respect even if we were not sisters.  The future is wide and the path is long, and I can not wait to see where you stride (and I will be keeping my fingers crossed that it is closer to me).  
I love you.

** Family photo positively stolen from Zandra H.  THANK YOU MY LOVE!**

13 comments:

BC said...

Long drive, but amazing trip. Congrats Aub!

Zorah said...

I love Arcata!! My boyfriend graduated from Humbolt and we went to visit a couple years ago. It is beautiful there. And fair-weather or not, you are excellent at taking pictures!

UmberDove said...

It's such a small world we live in Zorah! I love it there too (one of these days BC and I will probably move back to Cali and it will most certainly be on the northern coast line).

BC said...

Whoa, look at that new blog header. Sass-a-frass!

UmberDove said...

heheheheh

jordan said...

awesome new header pretty lady. that's some sexy hair - something that's kind of unachievable with a pixie cut (with which I either have nice hair or bed head, there's no in between nicely ruffled sexy hair). VERY nice!

UmberDove said...

Ooh La La! Well I'm glad you think so! I got lucky today - after showering last night I was too lazy to do anything with my wet locks so I just went to bed and have managed to not brush it yet today - but other days it truly goes the route of trailer-park-wavy, you know when there are a few perfect ringlet, a few stick straight sections, and the rest is as frizzy as can be.

mme. bookling said...

here here. GREAT new blog header...very bright, rich in pops of color, sexy, playful, and standing on couches.

Just like you.

Love the pics...

Nancy*McKay said...

...chin...chin...Umber Dove...to flying kites & mortar boards...new sexy headers & pretty dashboard footers...but most of all...to sisterly love...

Michaela Dawn said...

Ohhh, what a fine adventure, I would give my left pinky to have a kid free adventure, as long as it was not to the hospital to reattach it {wink}

RE: Oh, I wish I had a paint:)

They are our neighbors, we also house a few Quarter horses on our land and have the option to ride when we like...

but, no, no horses for myself yet...

thewindhover said...

You're such a beauty. I love seeing those glimpses of your toes and you behind the wheel (on the wrong side of the car I might add :p)

UmberDove said...

hee hee, "wrong side of the car," you silly Aussie!

Brenda McGowan said...

Sounds like a fun trip! Your picture taking reminds me of myself & my mother-in-love... she was here this weekend, taking pictures of random things all over the place, fun :-).