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Wood burning stove in hippie compound on wheels

Okay... so last I wrote I was in Truckee and had all intention of heading east and south... over into Utah and then into New Mexico... but as fate may have it.. I ended up going the absolute opposite direction... following a brief turn around.. story involves a cat...assumed lost and forgotten at Truckee RV park... yaya... who would have figured... a backtrack of 30 miles...putting me back into California and then a choice to keep heading in the direction facing...so, back into California... over Donner Pass down into Grass Valley... where I really did have to ask a stranger what town I was in!!! :) Back onto the 5 a little outside of Sacremento...up the 5.

Love nest
.the heartland of agriculture in California...to find a place to rest in a little RV park of Willows..

Willows: pulled into rv park late at night.. happy to be of the road... slept remarkably well... upon waking, I met an incredible person...her name is Annie and she and her husband, a Vietnam vet who is ill from agent orange exposure, live in a really out of this world set up... Annie was the quintessential Californian hippie chick during the 60's... she and her husband lived for many years in an amazing trailer that he built... it was the coolest.... most unbelievable creation...it had a wood burning stove, air con, toilet area, cooking abilities, sleeping arrangement...but, the most impressive quality was the decor...she makes jewlery, actually she makes lots of things.

Knick Knack and decorations abound
..postcards, clothing, knick knacks...anyway, I was captivated by her stories of living on the road, traveling to music festivals and life as a peace-loving hippie... she gave me some jewlery she made... little green peace sign earrings and some postcards, which I taped up in my home.. so  I will post a few pics of her place...her homemade trailer made an appearance in a book entitled Roll Your Own...we exchanged several hugs and she passed along her address for correspondence

Ashland: made my way to visit a friend...which brought me into the Cascade Mountain Range and within sight of the most impressive Mount Shasta... so grand !!!! along Shasta Lake... which was incredibly low..might I add... and then into the southern most part of Oregon where Ashland resides...I found a place to stay at Emigrant Lake for a few nights...one evening I went with my friend and his family to see some theatre.

Annie... sharing her life with me
..evidently Ashland is known for it's Shakespeare Theatrical Performances...the show we saw was a compilation of several Wllm. Shakes. comedies and tragedies... it was a comedic.. thank goodness... and I laughed so much my face was sore !!!:) Ashland was great.. would love to live there for longer....amazing place, amazing people...

Left Ashland today heading north a bit to Grant's Pass...then west towards the coast... the drive along this road..and then conecting to the Redwood Highway... was breathtaking!!! the Red Woods were towering above me and gentle gray, cloudy mist hung just below their tops.. my first views of the Pacific left me saying :Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!! that was of course directed to the creator...who I have begun to know more intimately as I gaze upon such awe inspiring sights... I was intending on making stay in Arcata.. however.. was unable to find an opening at the inn.. so I headed down the road to Fortuna...

I am not too sure where I am "really" headed... I am enjoying the freedom of changing my mind any time I like.. changing absolute directions...opening myself up to the flow of life and enjoying the most amazing ride...

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Wood burning stove in hippie compo…
Wood burning stove in hippie comp…
Love nest
Love nest
Knick Knack and decorations abound
Knick Knack and decorations abound
Annie... sharing her life with me
Annie... sharing her life with me
outside vantage
outside van'tage
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photo by: azilee