Like most days, Kelly and I worked all day. Normally, this routine plays itself out as we sit in office buildings miles apart. Here in the Airstream this week we sit at a table working 42 inches from one another, yet hardly exchange a word. We are too busy pounding away at our laptops and remotely participating in meetings, all while bouncing in and out of instant message chat sessions with co-workers.
Sadly, I’ve accepted this mundane repetition of ours as the new normal … the quid pro quo of working for the man … we push the corporate rock uphill (a seemingly never-ending hill mind you) in exchange for a regular paycheck every two weeks.
Working remotely this week was supposed to shake things up a bit. Alas, even here in our beloved Ashland, we cannot escape the whispers of work as it peaks over our shoulders, it’s stale breathe an unwelcome reminder of what awaits us back in California.
It is what it is I suppose.
And, it sucks.
Oh the irony – here we are situated smack in the middle of natural beauty. Stunning 360 views abound and I hardly looked out the window.
On a more positive note, the day concluded in a lovely manner – Mother Nature gracing us with fabulous dusk lighting as the sun made its way elsewhere for the evening.
Our silver neighbors
Tomorrow is Friday and once Kelly and I close another work week, our first order of business will be to hit the town with Brian and Leigh; they too will likely be itching to step away from the responsibilities of the real world.
Surely they will be sufficiently bad influences … exactly what Kelly and I need.
On Monday Kelly and I drove about three hours, crossing into Oregon before settling-in for the week near the outskirts of Ashland. The winding roads, luscious green pine trees, and alpine fog made for a beautiful drive. If you are ever in the area, it is definitely worth diverting from I-5 and exploring the backroads of the national forests surrounding Mount Shasta.
Passing a jack-knifed truck along I-5 a few miles south of Ashland, OR
We’re at Emigrant Lake currently, a location we’ve been once before. It’s a fabulous spot, made even better as we’re here with friends Brian and Leigh for the week. Our jobs require that we all remain busy with work during the day, but the change of scenery is welcome, as is their company.
My office view this week.
Kelly and I adore Ashland; something about this place seems to fits us well. It will be nice to share our time here with others who will appreciate all this great little town has to offer.
I wish every week was like this.
First thing this morning Kelly and I moved to a different campsite – we’re now situated at Emigrant Lake which is just down the road from our previous site. This location is better.
RV parks are super convenient, but often a bit crowded for our preference. Relocating sites was easy enough and before too long it was time to get myself back to work. The Verizon broadband is working like a champ and something tells me we will not be moving sites again until we begin our journey back to Half Moon Bay.
This is a great place for sure – just check out this sunset. Absolutely beautiful.