November 9, 2015

Pumpkin patches and Oregon beaches

It has been quite some time, hasn't it! To be fair, I haven't done much of anything since I last blogged. My days have been filled with work and writing. I'm applying to grad school for next fall and it's possibly one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do..which may speak more to my privilege than it does to anything else.

But it's been hard and I haven't wanted to do anything these days. However! At the beginning of October, I did manage to fly to Oregon for a couple of days to visit my sister and get cracking on my personal statement with a eagle-eye proofreader on hand.

While we were, for the most part, productive, we did sneak in a day where we just had some fun. My sister took me a pumpkin patch (complete with a corn maze!) on the way to the coast.

I was properly excited, because I had never been to a pumpkin patch like this. Or a corn maze. I saw people do it every year and so I was stoked to be able to experience it for myself at last.

Until I quickly realized, that I am not a fan of corn mazes.

There were huge bugs everywhere, the ground was made up of wet hay, and it was so humid in there.

While the corn maze was kind of a bust, the pumpkin path was somehow even more so. Most of the pumpkins looked old, a couple of them having burst under the baking sun.  It dawned on me that I was not meant for rural life. I am sticking to my city corn mazes and city folk pumpkin patches from now on, where everything is already selected and cleaned off for me.

Does that make me a little bit snooty? Maybe.

If I'm honest, I'm okay with being a little bit city.

Afterwards, my sister and I were off for the coast! The leaves in Oregon hadn't started to fully change colors yet, so we were met with spotty patches of red and gold among forests of green.

When we made it to the beach, it was beautiful. We caught it right at sunset, the waves soft and slow. It's a part of the coast we hadn't been to yet, sand stretching for as far as the eye can see. We ran into interesting wood assembled next to the water, which we had to have a run around.

Once again, we found weird jellies scattered across the sand. They looked different from last time, but still was a peculiar sight. We don't really get things like this in Southern California!

These birds would follow the edge of the waves, scampering across the beach as they pecked at the ground.

At last, it was time to go. We didn't want to get caught on the windy roads too late, and we had an engagement with Netflix we were eager to get back to (I binge watched How to Get Away with Murder that weekend -- I'm not proud, but that show killed me! I haven't caught up on the new season yet, but I'm considering waiting so I can do another marathon when it's all out).

I snapped a few photos on our way out and we were headed back to the warmth of my sister's apartment.

As always, I can't wait to go back.

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