Reinvigorating my appetite for adventure in the Pacific Northwest

Confession: Lately, I haven’t been loving the adventure. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling constantly rushed, dirty beyond my usual threshold, overwhelmed and frustrated by my inability to stay connected while traveling, and worst of all – I just don’t even have a strong desire to climb. It’s been like living in opposite day, for days on end. 

After five months of blissfully living on the road, I really can’t be too surprised that I’ve hit a mental roadblock in my road trip attitude, but it certainly wasn’t very pleasant. Thankfully, I was able to take a quick break from the adventure to spend a weekend with my family in New York City for my cousin’s wedding, and when I returned back to San Francisco (and my big yellow van), everything changed. 

One of our closest friends, Mcgoo, decided to take a much-needed break from his daily life to join us for two weeks of adventuring in the Pacific Northwest. He had never seen the Pacific Ocean before, so to make it a trip to truly remember, we decided to travel up US-1 and the 101 from Half Moon Bay to Seattle. Epic.
Niko and I enjoying our first sunset on the Pacific Ocean during our latest Simply Adventure journey.

The journey began with a pitstop in Sunny Vale for a dinner party hosted by Russ Beebe. Aside from the incredible homemade fare and mint juleps, he delighted me with a surprise appearance from one of my favorite ladies in the outdoor industry, Amy Jurries of TheGearcaster.com. I also got to meet one of the lovely ladies from the new Omniten crew, along with Rebecca from the original Omniten, and my Overland Expo pal, David Croyle. It was a splendid night, and the perfect way to toast the beginning of a new adventure.

We officially began the coastal adventure the next day with a pitstop to feast on my favorite burrito in the entire world at Tres Amigos in Half Moon Bay, CA – conveniently located right on the 1. After the monumental lunchtime gorging, we walked down the road to the coast, where Mcgoo finally touched the Pacific for the first time. Then we promptly loaded up in the van, and hauled north along the slow, winding shoreline.

Not a bad place to spend the day.Since our first day, we’ve traveled over the Golden Gate Bridge, past rolling hillsides teeming with cows, along steep clifflines, and through thickets of redwoods. I’ve still been struggling to find connectivity during our remote adventuring, but the scenery has offered great solace from my woes. It’s hard to gripe about e-mails when you’re hiking past banana slugs in Redwood National Park, or searching for starfish in tide pools.

As we continue on towards Portland, the connectivity promises to improve, and with a freshly charged computer I’ll be able to catch up on all the writing I’ve held hostage in my mind. I’m still a bit weary about all the catching up I feel like I need to do, but at the end of the day, I continue to remind myself of where I am, and what I’m doing. Not being able to update my blog as much as I’d like to is really quite a small price to pay for the experience of spending a year traveling around the United States in my big beautiful van.

Comments

  1. says

    Katie, thanks so much for sharing this part of the adventure with us, and the whole thing, really! I’m glad you were able to get a boost by seeing your family. You’re only human, though teetering on the “superhuman” line in my opinion 🙂 I’m excited to see what else you have to write, but hope sharing the adventure here isn’t going to prevent you from enjoying every minute of the trip. Sending many, many hugs and looking forward to reading more!

    • says

      It’s been really weighing heavy on me for a few weeks now, and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to admit to being brought down, but then I realized that it’s an important part of the trip to share – this is REAL. As for keeping updated and sharing the adventure, I’m totally feeling a bit of guilt when I’m disconnected. I feel obligated to the readers, to my sponsors, to everyone who has supported this trip. When I fail to update, I feel like I’m failing the people who made this trip happen.

      Sigh, it’s a work in progress! 🙂

  2. says

    Up or down, bad or good, you have many friends looking out for you, Katie. I’m grateful that you chose to allow me to be a part of your adventure – and I am reinvigorated too. Now if I can just fix my WiFi!

  3. says

    I absolutely love the Pacific Northwest. It is my favourite part of the USA especially the area around the Cali/Oregon border. I could easily live there.

  4. says

    I was wondering when this point would happen, as it seems to for all of us who shun four walls to live on the road and adventure in the outdoors. Even though we have the open space of natural places to call home, much of our life still can feel cramped and confined in the vehicles we are traveling in. Also, getting dirty and dusty with no shower in sight, long hair getting knotted and tangled (you found a good solution!), and attempting to keep things orderly and life on track with staying connected—it’s those things that each one of us has to learn how to deal with. It seems so romantic before heading out, and really, it is. But there are parts that no one thinks about until they have taken on this type of journey and felt the experience for themselves.

    That’s great to be able to take breaks from it! I think it’s a good way to balance these types of trips if you can manage it. Meeting up with folks, spending nights in the city every once in a while—it’s all a way to help keep some balance. I wish we had done that on our trip; woulda stayed a little more sane. 😉

    Keep it up, sista. Hope to meet up on the road with you soon.

    • says

      I really think I’ve been getting off easy: yes, this “funk” has hit me hard – but in a way, I was prepared for it. Between you and Amy Christen I’ve gotten so much advice about how to manage the trip, how to deal with the changes, and how to keep on truckin’. I’m so lucky to have gained your insights!

      And yes, breaks are golden, but I feel like it’s never enough! I’m actually in a motel right now (for the first time since Joshua Tree), and while it is so nice to be able to get connected, I feel like I have SO much to catch up on that I’ll never make a dent in all my to-dos. It’s a vicious cycle, haha.

      Cheers, lady!

  5. says

    I so get you. And I love the photos. We are headed up the coast at the end of the summer. Seems like a great place to re-new our excitement for adventure and life.

  6. says

    Katie, I try to write on my notepad app on my iPhone. Then email & copy/paste it. Write in the moment, then post it when u have connectivity. 🙂 great post though girl. Enjoyed it

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