I'll drive your golf cart...for free!

I've never played golf...or really had any desire to play golf.  When my cousin asked me to play golf with him I pretty much rolled my eyes.

Then he said, 'you don't have to 'play' play...you can drive the cart and drink a beer'.  Done.  

sandpiper harrison bc
kindle at the golf course

Let me tell you Nautie Friends, I'm happy to drive any of your carts anytime anywhere.  Do I get to bring my Kindle?  Even better!

I ended up at the Sandpiper course in Harrison Mills, BC. The course was beautiful.  I mean like full on natural splendor everywhere you look.  I don't play golf but I highly recommend this course!

The Time Oregon Won My Heart.

Confession:  my Dad is from Oregon...and most of his family lives there....and I can kinda take it or leave it.  I like to go see them but, I never leave Oregon thinking, 'aw man...do I have to go so soon?!'.  My family has a big piece of land we call The Farm around the Corvallis area.  I've camped at The Farm - hung out at the river - walked through the fields - picked plums in the orchard - roasted marshmallows over the fire - watched the bats come out - but, if you ask me where my favorite hang out is on the West Coast I'll almost always pick British Columbia.  I'll even pick BC over Seattle.

Then something weird happened.  I was driving through Oregon on my way to Corvallis and I pulled over at a rest stop.  As I was getting ready to get out of my car I noticed a trucker wearing a cowboy hat and boots...walking his cat on a leash.  He let me pet her and then told me all about their life on the road.  As I left them to their walk I headed towards the bathroom and realized there was a free coffee stand.  Ummm...hello....coffee and free....love it!  I take care of business and am heading back to my car when I see a woman.....letting her ferret out to play.  Said woman let me touch her ferret.  

man walking cat

I got back in my car and thought, 'Damn Oregon!  You're pretty cool!'.

Why the camp fires, black berry picking, river floating never got me, couldn't tell ya.  Suddenly, every where I stopped / looked I saw things I thought were great.

I pulled into Grants Pass and headed to Rogue Roasters.  It was customer appreciation day.  Win!  I got three backs of coffee for a bargain - where I might add they micro roast their beans!  

I stopped in Portland and walked to Stumptown with a girlfriend.  There were roses everywhere!  Everyones garden was amazing.  Win!

I met up with another girlfriend and we chatted and had fresh eggs for breakfast - like fresh from her yard.  Win!

I hung out in Corvallis with my cousins and had Ahi Tacos and Lilikoi Kamikazes.  Clearly thats a....Win!

Oregon - you're pretty much kicking summers butt.  I'd like to thank you for instilling in me a new found appreciation for your loveliness. 

Flowers of the Desert :: Chuparosa

Next up on our desert flower adventure - Chuparosa!


This red lovely could be found all along the roadside in the scruffy brush.

To be honest I don't know too much about it other than it's red and I was able to take a few pictures of it.  Of all the flowers I didn't really bond with this one.  Is that strange?  That I'm concerned about my lack of flower bonding?


Because it was so bountiful I was able to take a photos on a few separate occasions.

chuparosa & rocks

I'll admit that snapping some of these photos meant I looked like a total crazy lady on the side of the road.  You know the one who's perched precariously on a rock outcropping while huge semi's drive by gawking?  Yep, that one.


In a mostly brown sort of golden desert this red blossom was a welcome sight!

Morning Love Comparison

I'm about to sound like Little Miss Sassypants. It can't be helped. 

Want to know why it's hard to choose somewhere to live when you're from Hawaii?  This. This right here.


The top photo is Hilo, Hawaii this morning. The bottom photo is my feet in fuzzy socks because Seattle is chilly. It's July 21st and Seattle feels chilly. 

Where would you rather be this morning?! 

Just Sayin...... 



Soulful Sunday :: New Orleans Street Musicians

Hands down my favorite experience in New Orleans was wandering around the French Quarter just after dusk listening to the street musicians.  Man they had style.  It was a quiet moment among the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street.

I figured I better share.  I took this video right near our hotel on our way back from dinner.  

The gents didn't have a sign up with their names so if someone would like some credit please let me know!  I'd LOVE to give it to you!

Link Love :: I forget what week number this is...

week whatever

I used to number these things by the week number.  I've been on vacation for a few weeks.  No clue.  Week What.Ever is totally allowed in the summertime!  Let's just carry on, shall we?

I've been trying to drink my coffee black (umm...hard.) I've found one of the biggest helps is to drink good coffee.  Elise (my favorite) has recently posted some good coffee 'how-tos'.  Cold Brew & How to Chemex.  Coffee Goodness.

Although Beyoncé is my Spirit Animal and I like to pretend that I have as many as hours in a day as her....Do I really?  Let's be clear....she's still my Spirit Animal....

Have you heard of Finnish Baby Boxes?  I think it's brilliant.  Brilliant.

I'm loving these chalkboard designs - also known as the most beautiful vandalism ever.

I have a secret longing to be a foodie.  Which naturally means I have a secret obsession with The French Laundry therefore; I loved these 15 Lessons from 20 years of the French Laundry.

I've got my own book list / to be read pile going but, I love reading other peoples.  Here you go.  

I know the World Cup is over but, seeing this Deaf / Blind Brazilian 'watching' the game is truly heartwarming.  

I just went to a Pilates class where the 70 year old ladies were schooling me which is why I love this post about why It's Okay To Be a Beginner.  

Strangely, I saw this parody video before I heard the original song.  This one goes out to all my mama friends!

This Salad WILL be made.

I really, really believe that money + fear are so closely related.  Great read.

I'm listening to Ryn Weaver.  I've just heard this song for the first time....me likey....it will get its own post maybe *wink*

I officially want to go to Croatia.  

This made me laugh....he's a sea witch in disguise....

Okay, this made me laugh too.

Nautie Friends, please have a fabulous weekend!