Category: Journal

The Sea Crab House, Seaside, OR

The Most Expensive Meal, Ever

In the little coastal town of Seaside for the weekend working on a tsunami research project, we were gravitationally pulled into the parking lot of The Sea Crab House at the lure of a spicy Cajun crab boil. The surprise bill wasn’t served until the end. It was spicy too. I can say with confidence that I’ve never paid that much for a meal in my life (but it was so worth it)!

Grateful for the bibs and wet wipes stocked at the table (and also the lack of judgmental glances in our direction).

Sante Fe, NM

Birthday Huevos Rancheros

Is it wrong to travel across four state lines to get some really good food?

(That’s a rhetorical question. I already know the answer.)

The primary reason for a road trip to Sante Fe was to go to Cafe Pasqual’s for huevos rancheros for my birthday. We found out too late that they had closed because of COVID. Curse that virus! That was such a disappointment, but we didn’t suffer for any lack of incredible New Mexican cuisine options while we were there.

I fell in love with New Mexico! I already want to go back.

But I ordered a mojito…

Portland, OR

New Year of Things

When your table is a box, and your dinner is pretzels…

This past year has been conducive to a lot of reflection, but more so in the past few months. Living this nomadic life has granted us so many freedoms, and because of it, we’ve gotten to experience so many adventures, see so many things. But it is not an easy life by any means. There are a lot of things that we haven’t figured out yet, and a lot of things that we want out of life that we’ve been unable to achieve out here on the road.

So, it’s time for a change. With a bit of sorrow (because we love our little home on wheels so much) but also excitement for a new chapter, we have decided to move into a permanent home. Maybe “semi-permanent” is a better way of saying it, because we’ll have a lease for a year and then be able to decide what we want to do next – whether that is to buy a property or hit the road again. But for now, we officially have a proper home base to serve as a launching point for our adventures. Cuddlebus remains stalwart for weekend trips into the mountains.

This will help us to create some structure for our lives and help us to focus on our goals, projects, and health… I love change. It is so refreshing and motivating.

Leavenworth, WA

Christmas Ski Village

We’ve been moving around a bit. We spent the month of December in the charming little Christmas ski town of Leavenworth. It’s very quaint – styled like a Bavarian village – and super festive this time of year. We took day trips and skied and celebrated Christmas super low-key, just the two of us.