“The only constant is change.” (attributed to Heraclitus of Ephesus, c. 500 BCE.)
We wanted to get away for a while, so we thought we’d take a road trip to visit our east-coast friends who winter in Florida. It’d be a nice trip, and we love spending time with them. But they aren’t in Florida this winter.
Then we thought we might as well go to Florida anyway. We could spend a few days in St Augustine — a city I would like to get to know better. A 7,000 mile road trip might be fun, but without the visit with our friends, the trip seemed to have lost its purpose.
Then there was the snow in southern Oregon and the rainstorms and potential flooding in northern California. We decided it would just be too difficult.
So now we are spending a few days on the coast, at Cannon Beach.
It was an easy ride out to the coast. There was snow above 1,000 feet but the roads were clear until we got on the downhill run, where we encountered sections of icy road. I counted three cars that had slid off.
But we made it. There are a lot of people here, perhaps because of the Presidents Day weekend. It’s beautiful today — sunny and cold. The forecast calls for rain the next three days, with highs in the forties. We may just stay inside, reading and napping. It’s different from our usual long road trips. We are looking forward to restorative quiet.