To Simplify... the pursuit of happiness through simple living on the open road

Monday, September 29, 2014

Joe Joe

The van's grass-fed situation was starting to scrape bottom, so after a bit of sleuthing yesterday, I discovered Short's Family Farm in nearby Chimacum. Following a brief email exchange with the proprietor, twenty luscious pounds of the good stuff were set aside for me to pick up this afternoon, and just like that, the rolling home's freezer is now stocked for the foreseeable future.

At a very reasonable $5.80/pound, I continue to wonder why anyone insists on putting vastly inferior grain-fed beef in their body. Of course, it always pays to go straight to the source, as the very same beef was marked up by 60% at a grocery store I visited earlier in the day. In addition to the cost savings though, you get to see the herd and facilities firsthand, meet the people behind the operation, and tell them just how grateful you are for all that they do.

Maybe best of all, the resident ranch pooch never fails to present the very picture of playful contentedness, but since I can't think of many better places to be a dog than the wide open expanse of a farm, is it any surprise? Needless to say, Joe Joe didn't disappoint.

Sunday, September 28, 2014


The irony was not lost on me. That only a day after the sun had returned in full force, I found myself at the bottom of a river valley, tucked in beneath the trees, where not even the barest sliver of a sunbeam stood any chance of reaching the van's roof. But when the universe hands you a free backyard like this... just smile, quietly say "thank you, universe," and settle in for the night.

Friday, September 26, 2014


Don't let the blue stuff below fool you. The shot was taken during one of the few brief moments of sunshine during this past week.

Shi Shi Beach
Of course, coming to this part of the planet only to gripe about the rain is sort of like to going to an NFL game and whining about all the convicted felons on the field, so you just accept it and keep reminding yourself that all this rain is precisely why the Olympic Peninsula is the verdant wonderland that it is.

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