why I live in New Mexico…
Yaquina Bay Bridge – Newport, Oregon
I’m not one for cloudy, misty, overcast days. Sunless days tend to leave me “flat” and “uninspired.” When you’re on the Oregon Coast, some days are like that…
It’s been almost a month and I’m leaving South Beach State Park on August 31st. Originally, I had asked for the month of August. However, the ranger in charge of volunteers asked if I’d stay for September. Due to a communication snafu, she thought I only wanted August and has someone new coming September 1st.
To be honest, even though the coast is lovely I’m bored. I’ve cleaned Yurts for two months and I’m ready for a change. Part of my duties here include showing the “family movie” on Thursday evenings. I’ve spent two hours each Thursday popping popcorn, showing the movie for a couple of hours, and then cleaning up the nuclear aftermath of popcorn.
Tomorrow is my last “Thursday,” and there will be NO POPCORN. Actually, the ranger in charge told me it’s “optional” and up to me.
Newport is a small town and most people come her to vacation. To be quite honest, I’ve felt somewhat lonely and isolated here. I’m surprised that some full-timing couples make a “circuit” of Oregon State Parks in order not to pay camping fees. I don’t think I’d like that at all – there’s no real flexibility to “travel” and explore other areas.
Ideally, camp-hosting is best done as a “team.” If you’re a “couple” you get assigned the same workload as a “single.”
You do the math…
I’m looking forward to being “free.”
The park rangers have been nice, and work isn’t that difficult. However, I’m looking forward to being in a larger community and doing activities on my “timeline.”
I’ve decided to travel to Portland and take two different sets of tango lessons for the month of September. It’s funny, but I’ve neglected my dance for so long for various reasons (not being in an area that dances tango, etc…) I’m planning on staying at the Moose Lodge (I have before) and of course I’ll have my car this time to navigate Portland. I’m also throwing “caution to the wind” and plan to take some private lesson with two different instructors. I can’t tell you exactly why I’m so focused on dancing tango at this time in my life. It’s a throwback to a golden age of beauty and grace, the music is hauntingly beautiful, and a tanda (usually three dances) is an inexplicable “connection” with a partner.
It makes me happy…