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the moment I realized that this was IN FACT the exact beach from the $%#@& Goonies!

We have a love for the west coast that surprises me.  Donn has spent time in the west, but I have lived my life in West Virginia.   I have never had the privilege to visit the west coast until now.  An ocean is an ocean, right?  NO!  The second we arrived I was hooked!  It was a love at first sight.   We have seen the ocean from Birch Bay, Washington to South Laguna, California.  We have seen the Goonies beach(I hope you guys remember this gem of a movie), DSCN1579

and the Bay Watch beach. Hung out in drum circles, and chilled with circus freaks.IMG_0172 IMG_0198

We have a library of pictures, of places gone, people met, and some of the beauty of our amazing west coast.  We want to share them with you.  Some of them need NO words, and others we would love to tell the stories.

Here are some bouldering shots from lost beach in Oregon.  What a fun day!  Bouldering and lunch on the beach.

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Corona del Mar …busy beach to hang out.  You can get ur fill of salty boulders, and everyone seems to be having fun.

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A wild-fire went through Point Mugu this summer, but we got to visit before the damage.  Did a little beach combing, and watched the climbers.

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We really enjoyed the Chumash painted cave, the pictographs were a step back in time.  The bouldering was rather spicy, couldn’t pass it up.

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We love our coastal tours.  Sometimes they take a day, and other times it could be a week(at least).  Depending on the hiking, beach-combing, and how many cool villages we drive through..

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Dirtbagging in a coastal town will definitely get you noticed.  Most of these villages are small and inviting to derelicts, and most locals frown on anyone who sleeps in their van. Though we do not fit the profile of a derelict, we DO on the other hand live in our van.

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SO…..  Our low-profile keeps us OFF the radar plus it gives us “front-row seats” for the adventure we call life.  We do make a conscious effort to park in the proper places, and to NOT step on any toes.   Sometimes we do end up in the proverbial “wrong place at the wrong time” and we get those early morning visits from our favorite law enforcement officer(at the time).  This is where the real lessons are learned.  When an officer tells you “I have a great spot for you”, DO NOT believe him.  Just tuck ur tale and try to find a Wall Mart parking lot.  We were shown a “great place to sleep for a night”, and for the rest of the night we waited to meet our eminent doom.  He parked us on 101 in one of the busiest logging traffic areas.  It sounded like a train coming through our truck every 15 minutes.

These are the moments where the memories are made though,  because of this we met two friends, Greg and Gary, from Oregon.  These two buddies gave us a place to park(a safe place to lay), and fed us fresh fish they caught that day from their fishing excursion.  DSCN1620 DSCN1621

These guys are Full Flavored locals. Still love keeping in touch with them.

Did I mention we almost joined a commune? When we first arrived at the Oregon coast  near Deadwood, Oregon, we met some folks working in a Co-op.  They told us they all lived together in an “intentional Community”.  Meeting the Alpha Farm crew was inspiring.  They made me want to settle and start growing vegetables.  Then all of a sudden I woke up from my crazy commune dream and realized WE WERE ON AN ADVENTURE!  They bought a little jewelry, and we gave them a didgeridoo, then BOUNCE!  We were out.  Back to the tour.

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We are SUCH tourist!  This Native American Museum had some of the BEST exhibits.

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IMG_2314 Met this artist in Bolinas, California.  This little town is probably the #1 antisocial town in California.  The town is located at the bottom of a peninsula and if you don’t know where to turn you won’t find it(thank u Roberta, our sexy navigation voice).  The “town folk” take the highway signs down to keep people from finding this little borrow.  This fella was pretty friendly, maybe that is why he sells his stuff on the side road by his house.  We purchased the piece he is holding for new friends in Point Richmond.

Venice Beach was a riot!  We rented bikes and pedaled all the way to the Santa Monica Pier.

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We met some true characters.  A happy bum who sold cardboard signs to other bums(go figure),

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a nice tanned fellow in a speedo carrying a horn,IMG_0172

and Donn got to rub elbows with Optimus Prime.

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On one of our adventures last year We wanted to take a ferry while on the coast.  When we decided on Whidbey Island, we didn’t go wrong.  It held more to discover than we ever thought, and it was relatively inexpensive(only about $22.00 for the van and passenger).

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….got nothin’ on the NRG

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We also had some great jewelry making sessions.  The beaches had some of the best treasures we have collected.  And there was always a farmers market to pirate(set up and sell jewelry impromptu) in the small townships.

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As always, we are blessed with new friends!  Our friend, Colleen O’rell, we met at a farmers market in Fairhaven, Washington.  She told us that our meeting was meant to be, and she welcomed us into her home.  She gave us wonderful gifts, and an unforgettable memory.  We can’t wait to see her again.  We told he it was such a pleasure to meet her, and she told us it was a pleasure being met.

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Can’t go to a beach and not stack some rocks.  BUT don’t step on the EEeeeEEwWwWww….. jellies.

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DSCN8612 This groovy climbing wall is close to the college in Seattle.  It was one of the first, if not THE FIRST, in the U.S.

I hope you enjoyed our whirlwind tour of some of our favorite west coast spots.  We have so many great pictures and stories there may be another one of these in the future.