Here’s a little video of some of the fun my dog had in the water this past week during our California road trip. Footage taken with the GoPro Hero 3.
Traveling across America is an experience of incredible natural wonder. It also provides a strong reminder of how economic change has impacted its people and communities. As you wind your way through small rural towns and remote villages, signs of shattered dreams are everywhere.
Abandoned, deteriorated, or dilapidated homes, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, vehicles, and even churches line the main streets. There are often more “no trespassing" signs than there are people. The emptiness is almost haunting.
It’s hard to imagine that these towns were once bustling communities with thriving local businesses, many passed down through the generations as part of family heritage. And now what remains is an empty shell. Their history is now history.
As I drove through some of these towns on my most recent journey along the Northern California Coast, I felt immense sadness at what little was left of these towns. It’s almost as though they have been forgotten along the way… fading Americana.
As a dreamer myself, I can only imagine how disheartening it must be to have tried everything and made every sacrifice for survival, only to end up closing the doors for good or losing “home”. Dreams lost. How tragic for them, their families, their towns, and this Nation of dreamers.
It always makes my road trips in the States a little bittersweet. I’m so grateful to experience the pieces that are so well preserved for us to enjoy, and so disappointed at the parts that are left to simply fade away.
Photos and Blog by Alexis Coram
Loving lunch and swimming on the Eel River in Humboldt. :). #hyperlapse #swimming #dog #river #norcal
I think I left a piece of my heart in the forests as a child. Running through the halls of giants in Sherwood Forest, building forts from fallen branches, watching squirrels sprint across interconnected branches and never fall, playing hide and seek with strangers who became instant friends without question, and hoping so hard that Robin Hood would pop out from behind a tree and teach me not to such so badly with a bow and arrow. The tie-dye hoodie and dungarees I sported along the way may not have been my finest fashion moment but it’ll be cool one day, I’m sure of it.
These days my forest adventures occur thousands of miles West on the Pacific Coast of the USA in the magnificent Redwoods. The experience is similarly sweet in an altogether different way. Somehow coming here, roaming the woods by day and sleeping beneath the giants in my fort-on-wheels by night, feels like I’m reuniting with that piece of my childhood heart. It’s soothing.
So for the next week I’ll be out on the Coast of Northern California and Southern Oregon, hoping to find a few moments that take my breath away, and camping along the way.
Looks lonely, doesn’t it?
Not even close. I love traveling alone. I find immense comfort being this close to nature.
Campfires and I have a love-hate relationship. I’m pretty sure I’m a good fire-maker. I’ve always done well at it before. I stack it, shove a piece of paper or some dry leaves in there, light a match and alacazam, fire. Well, if this trip is anything to go by, I’ll admit it, I’m a crap fire-maker. Last night I tried about 8 times…fail, fail, fail. Eventually I gave up. A couple of times I gave up and then had another go. I hate giving-up. Tonight only took 2 attempts and it was a roarer. Woo. Here’s a shot of the amber flames through the holes in the fire ring.
As we drove North today, we came across a patch of woods filled with the most magical mix of mist and light. I love contrast, so when the world does it for me, even better.
And here’s how my day ended. My little angel/monster, Kirschi Coram. Taking a little evening nap after a little river swimming and running on the beach. She got a little braver and came out by the fire tonight…I’d hate to think that was just because I’d made an incredible grilled cheese sandwich on the fire and she wanted a bite ;)
More to come…Bed now.