Today I leave the beach and the life of a lighthouse docent and go home to my alternate reality of being an engineer. I leave behind a life scheduled by the tide table and the
lighthouse. A life where I had started to memorize the curves in the road and know which beach access is good at which tide. A life where I knew enough to chat with the locals about fossils and agates, and where to shop in town. And a life were I learned how to pronounce Yachats, Heceta, Umpqua, Yaquina, and Fresnel. Living here has been comfortable and simple. I’ve enjoyed it.
But challenges and adventures are the spice of life. It is time to move on.