Scenes from the Return Journey

On the way home from my retreat, I had an opportunity to meander down the coast between Oceanside and Lincoln city. For once I had several hours to make the trip, so I decided to stop at all the spots I usually have to drive past. I left my cabin just before 11 a.m. and followed a winding, leisurely route. The view from the first vantage point was beyond description.

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I wish I could capture the sound of the wind in the trees, the sound of the waves, the feeling of the air moving over everything. I wish I could show you everything I saw, because the camera can’t capture it. From my first stop, I went on to Cape Lookout State Park. I stopped at a trail head and walked one of the trails. I’ve talked, before, about the magic of in between places.

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The path I walked clung to the edge of a mountain, traversing a forest at the edge of the ocean. Looking down through the trees, I could see the place where the forest ended and the waves began. And at the top of the slope was a highway. In between, indeed.

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I felt a little wonderstruck, a little overwhelmed by it all. And I felt so, so happy, so full.

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The next stop was at the “Winema Wayfinding Point”, where I took in another view that made me catch my breath.

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And my last stop was at Bob Straub State Park, where I climbed a dune and wandered trails between tall grasses.

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Here the wind moved over the grass, which bent and rose in waves, echoing the movement of the ocean.

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I was captivated by the yellow grasses stretching so far to the north and south, edged by the ocean on one side and mountains on the other.

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And somehow all the wind and waves, all the moving of grass and water, the wheeling and crying of shore birds, added up to something deeply peaceful. I felt like a still point at the center of it all.

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I was just myself, perched at the edge of the world, everything else swept away by the salty air.

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And it was perfect.

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