I was thrilled to learn I won Outdoor Writers Association of California’s (OWAC) award for Best Outdoor Magazine Feature. I wrote Civilization in the Distance for Sailing Magazine last year.
It’s been a hectic week. 1500 mile drive down to SoCal from Washington, traveling the Blue Highways to end up in Hollywood with sister-in-law Debbie. Two days of Hop On Hop Buses before taking Debbie to the airport for the long trip back to South Africa.
I have been making a list of all the pros and cons of different scenarios, the good, the bad and the ugly! They include San Diego, South Africa, Port Townsend, in various configurations. And how I can make them work. I have to look at all different aspects, including community, costs, transportation, security, location, weather, internet, and even political conditions.
This is when Californians fall in love with Washington! Everything is brilliant and clear. Greens run from deep emerald to soft lime and the sky is so clear it feels like you see right through it.
It’s been an emotional roller coaster - both exhilarating and exhausting. Lots of driving, visiting and sightseeing plus digging into old memories.
It was quite a mission, but the drive was great. I had forgotten how beautiful the blue highways are in this part of the world. I am usually on a mission and go on the freeways, but the idea of driving I5 was daunting, as I hate all the huge trucks. So taking the less-traveled roads was well-worth the extra couple of hours.