I was very blessed, as a nomad, to have a home for a week, in the radiant city of Santa Cruz, California, population 63,000, on the tumultuous Pacific Ocean, between San Francisco and Monterey. Following the Mexican–American War of 1846–48, California became the 31st state in 1850. Important early industries in Santa Cruz included lumber, … Continue reading Santa Cruz, Mediterranean City on the Pacific
I was fortunate to get a house sitting job on Nob Hill. It’s hard to believe that I have been to Kathmandu, Nepal but never have been to San Francisco! I missed experiencing the revolutionary history of the 1960s in San Francisco. It was suggested to me in jest that I was the only Old … Continue reading THE PENINSULA OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Ashland is a city in Jackson County, in the State of Oregon, that lies approximately 16 miles north of the California border. Ashland is at 1,949 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Siskiyou and Cascade border. The city’s population is 21,000, with 400,000 visitors a year! The large number of visitors is … Continue reading THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF ASHLAND, OREGON
My month in in Eugene is almost over. On Thursday morning I travel to Ashland, then south to the Bay Area, where I have never been. I find it amusing that I have been in Kathmandu, Nepal but never have visited San Francisco. This will soon change. There is much in Eugene to recommend it … Continue reading EUGENE, OREGON, HOME SWEET HOME?
TOLEDO, OREGON I stayed for less than a week in tiny Toledo, which is 7 miles from popular Newport on the Pacific Ocean. I visited a lovely family, who are connected to Findhorn Community in Scotland. I bartered for lodging, which is good for my financial situation, which feels the sting of returning to and … Continue reading EXPLORING NEWPORT, OREGON AND THE PACIFIC OCEAN COAST
MORE PLUSES ON COMMUNITY IN PORTLAND, OREGON My purpose in coming to Portland is to find a home, on my first stop in the Pacific NW state of Oregon. I have been a nomad for 6 years and have been traveling continuously since January 2015. I am ready to settle down in a tiny, communal … Continue reading LEAVING AND RETURNING TO PORTLAND, OREGON
Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon and is the seat of Multnomah County. It is located in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers and had an estimated population of 632,309 in 2015. Its climate is marked by warm, dry summers … Continue reading GREEN AND ROSE PORTLAND, OREGON