To say that i was awe when i got to this place would be a major understatement…I have seen it in pictures many times, since its considered one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. But as they say that picture is worth a thousand words, which means being there in person is worth at least a million pictures! 😉
And after this trip, i am once again more convinced that living on the West Coast is the best thing that has ever happened to me! Because of the diversity of landscapes, one literally can drive couple hours and end up in a totally different environment ranging from mountains, deserts, ocean cliffs, canyons, forests, lagoons, rolling hills, caves, waterfalls, salt flats, tufa lakes, pastures, oyster bays, mountain lakes, underground batcave tunnels, joshua tree plantations, “you name it”, as well as most incredible little historic ghost and western cowboy towns and most amazing cities!
I can literally spend my days driving on some of these forgotten byways and abandoned mountain roads just enjoying ever changing temperatures and terrains while feeling so free and absolutely grateful for having freedom and opportunity to do it! having driven over 130 thousand miles in past two years i have learned to love it even more than actually getting to my destinations- which for me is almost like eating a cherry at the bottom of milkshake.
And while everyone seems to be getting an impression that our world is somehow becoming so global and “small” with the help of technology and immediate media (“immedia”). Because of travel, i actually see it very differently. (And i havent even scratched the surface yet). Because when you go visit many places, you begin to really understand that “actual human beings” (not their facebook avatars) are very local creatures and for most part, their immediate world happens to be pretty local and doesn’t “go” very far geographically.
And you can tell that by the accents you hear, by the foods you are served, by seeing the way their homes are built, by the way people dress, what kind of cars they choose to drive or the activities that people in those areas do…I drive through these places and i wonder who lives here and i often ask myself- what do people do here everyday? some of these towns, i tell you, i would probably go crazy just trying to spend couple of days there…
But that’s what really creates cultures. that’s what makes places unique, that’s what makes them feel homey and local… with various traditions, favorite local spots, friday night hangout spots, people just get accustomed to live certain ways and they have unique ways they go about their business, the way they relate to their local friends or neighbors and no technology is going to change that, any time soon…
And while this quranatine did not really stop me for a minute, i just want to say – Let people be people! #endstupidlockdowns
p.s.my dream is to do this full time! I could care less if i have to sleep in the back of my prius, on people’s couches, sketchy motels, shaking inside a tent with bears walking around, on floor across the sea on a ferry, modern airbnbs (or sometimes even ritz carlton). i seem to have done it all, cause unlike most people, i rather sleep in the car in rest areas on the way to cross 3 states lines (in 14 hours non stop just to get to a waterfall in time for sunrise), rather than building a “fortress” around some stationary house or some city boxlike apartment (not for me). I rather was meant to be free, roam, explore and enjoy the beauty of God’s created beautiful nature!!! I can’t get enough of it and i will continue doing it, till i can’t no more – its literally too much too miss if you don’t do it! (y)
My new photography website is currently being built where i will be selling my travel photography art independently with goal of finally supporting my mission of reaching most amazing places in USA and the world- FULL TIME!So i can capture the beauty of those places and share them with the world in form of my artwork! (y) But for now, most of my work is available at my printer’s website (the print and ship directly to customer even in times of crisis) at www.buythisartpiece.com and i would appreciate it if you would support me by buying my art – i promise it will look awesome when you receive it!!!! (y)thanks so much! and at last, i hope my photos inspire you and other people to spend more time outside their homes, in sun, nature, by the water, hiking mountains or walking in the rainy Olympia forests, where you naturally get vitamin D, build your immune system, breathe fresh and clean air, get healthier, more present, more aware and more connected to the place where we all came from!! cheers!