Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Changes

My first post in three weeks. My life has taken some fun and unexpected turns. I got a job at Ft. Stevens State Park as a Host. My duties include keeping the new cabins clean in change for a free spot for my RV in one of the most beautiful places on earth.  Ft. Stevens is situated at the mouth of the Columbia River where it empties into the Pacific. Ft. Stevens Military Reservation guarded the mouth of the Columbia River from the Civil War through World War II.  5 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of bike path through forests and dune grass opening to the Pacific on one side and the Columbia River on the other. The name of this blog “offthegridwithcathyherman” will still be appropriate as the Host position only lasts 3 months at a time, my next assignment is at Nehalem Bay State Park near Manzanita (I know, tough duty).

The most important lesson I took away from my road trip was my ability to adapt to life as it unfurled in front of me, all while enjoying the ride.

The other decision I made was to start my own business. American Woman Promotions. Travel with me as I start a small business in America, selling promotional products made in America to promote American companies and events.

The transition from travel and adventure to entrepreneurship is full of comparisons.  Facing new situations daily, making decisions on which direction to travel, navigating road blocks and government red tape, tracking expenditures and planning for the unexpected. The joy of launching a new business is terrifying, taking the leap of faith in yourself and your abilities. The same terrifying joy I felt when I hit the road last March and started this blog.

Cathy

Squirrel Attack

Getting up in the morning, I noticed the roof of the car was left open.  Opening the door and sitting down to start the car to close the roof really scared the dickens out of the squirrel sitting in my backseat enjoying a delicious organic d’anjou pear.  He scrambled up over the head rest and out the way he came in, scaring the dickens out of me!

All I had left of the encounter were some footprints on my car and chewed pear bits and hunks.  The attack occurred on the poor pears, it could have been worse….

Occupy Portland / We are the 99%

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they have the need to say “no more” this is the simple message of those occupying Wall Street.

1% of Americans hold 99% of the money.  Our education system is crumbling, cities beg for relief, ordinary, hard working Americans are losing their homes, jobs, security.  One medical problem and  whole families can be out on the street.

Our children graduate from college wallowing in debt to take jobs that cannot even pay the rent.  Boomers, you are not immune, do you really think that Social Security will even be there when we retire?  Are your adult children living with you because they cannot find a job, or the job they do find barely covers necessities?

We are on the edge of something that is brewing in America, I do not believe the occupiers will just go away…what do they have to go to?

I chose to join the march and will be participating in occupyportland on Thursday, October 6th at noon at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Please at least visit the websites Occupy Wall Street and We Are the 99 Percent and decide for yourselves, do you want to leave the world with your children and grandchildren wallowing in debt, pollution and paying homage to the corporations and lobbyists?

Cathy

Stub Stewart State Park

Back in Oregon and spending some time relaxing at Stub Stewart.
Stub Stewart State Park is Oregonians’ newest backyard playground. Opened in 2007, the 1,650 acre park is the first full-fledged state park to be built since 1972.
15 miles of trails wind through the park, the park is known for its miles of dedicated horse trails. Home to one of the best horse camps in the northwest.

We are moving from Stub Stewart to the Tualatin River this week. Keep tuned for details.

Cathy

Change of Perspective

Today is my 54th Birthday.  How did that happen so quickly?  My niece is graduating from COLLEGE in May, my baby sister is closing in on 50.  WTF!

The journey begins heading south on 101 on my way to San Francisco to spend a few weeks chilling on my sister’s boat, tough duty 🙂

Your input will help guide me.   I expected my first hike to be Saddle Mountain, the tallest peak in the Coast Range, but a few feet of snow make it a bit dangerous, so I am heading farther south.   Tonight camping will be at Beverly Beach just north of Newport, OR.

Camping my way through North America is the plan, destinations unknown.   Visiting National and State Parks, writing this blog, photography and hiking are the agenda, everything else is up in the air.

Come explore with me………….

Cathy