One of our very favorite places to go is the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. It was in 2010 that JB and I were on the river trail and said, this is it. We have to move. We have to get closer to all this. We camped there last summer, and it felt a million miles from Seattle. In a good way while we were there, of course, and in a sad, frustrating way once we were home.

It used to take us about nine hours to get to Galice, where the wild section of the Rogue starts. Now it takes 2.5.

We drove there last weekend, camped for two nights, and came home on Sunday. Easy-peasy. We can do this any time.

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Danell
Danell
9 years ago

Beautiful. All of it. So happy for you!

NancyJ
NancyJ
9 years ago

What fun – congratulations for making your dream come true!

jill
jill
9 years ago

yay! My husband and I met while working at Galice. Love that you enjoy this area as much as we do. Kinda nerdy. but I have to tell you I’ve been reading since Riley was born (same age as my son) and have you to thank for my crossfit addiction. Hope you got some Dutch Love while you were here.

Kristin
Kristin
9 years ago

Yea! So happy for you!

Melody
9 years ago

It makes me so happy that you and your family are finally where you want to be!

Victoria
9 years ago

You have always inspired me and I’m so happy you are where you are!

Navigating the Mothership

I don’t know you, but your happiness is palpable. Really glad you are where you want to be. I’m about to move into a house with a yard (vs our current too small super urban townhome with 2 bedrooms and two children who do not share a room well OMFG) and I can’t wait to feel what you’ve been feeling. Your excitement just feeds my excitement.

Janelle
Janelle
9 years ago

All four of you have looks of peace on your faces. Beautiful.

natalie
9 years ago

You all look SO happy. It’s awesome.

Jessica
9 years ago

You guys look like you’ve gotten younger! Or maybe it’s just massive amounts of stress being shed. Either way, you look great.

Emily
Emily
9 years ago

Awesome!! So happy you all found your happiness.

Life of a Doctor's Wife

It is so wonderful to read about how your dreams are coming true. I am so glad you and your family were able to make this change. So so very happy for you.

ris
ris
9 years ago

Damn Linda, you guys all look so HAPPY (and also young and carefree). I’m so glad you were able to make this happen for your family.

Redbecca
Redbecca
9 years ago

You guys look so happy!! And relaxed!! I am so full of envy!!

Claire
9 years ago

I’m not one to really be jealous of other peoples’ lives, but of yours, I certainly am! It is beautiful there.

Mare
Mare
9 years ago

I’ve been reading you since that night we hung out at Austin JournalCon. To see where you are now is nothing but inspiration for me. Congratulations, and may the happiness you share with your family only continue to grow through days of great health, happiness and prosperity.

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
9 years ago

Awesome,so awesome.

Donna
Donna
9 years ago

I thought that what was wrong with me is that I am getting divorced, and feel like everything is off. After looking at these pictures, I know that it’s not that, it’s that I need to get out in the woods. Duh.
It is gorgeous there and I am oh so jealous of the view!!!!

lisa
lisa
9 years ago

Isn’t it a great feeling when you see your kids growing up with the lifestyle you dreamed they would have? I felt that way the moment my two year old jumped out of the car at her first camping trip and just started rolling around in the dirt. I knew we were “home”, lol. I grew up in the sf bay area, but spent every summer up in the Sierras, and that is where I feel I am from.

Halyn
Halyn
9 years ago

Oh, so happy for you guys! I have to admit, I was a little sad when you first moved, knowing that I was going to have to give up my fantasy of running into you at Alki someday. Seeing how much you love your life in Oregon, makes the loss of that fantasy completely worthwhile! You guys look fantastic, and your posts and tweets just seem…lighter, I guess, less worried, less burdened. You are such a poster girl for following your dreams–congratulations on making your life the life you want.

Lola
Lola
9 years ago

I have been reading you forever it seems and I’m so, so, sooooo incredibly happy that you are all moved, less stressed and so happy.

Marolyn
Marolyn
9 years ago

See that green right over there>>> that’s me. being jealous. However, I am also truly happy that you guys are living your dream. Yay for shorter trips to paradise!

laziza
laziza
9 years ago

Aw, look how chill you both look in that last photo. This is great. Congrats again.

June
9 years ago

My heart just sings for you! I am loving watching your new life unfold.

sooboo
sooboo
9 years ago

Amazing!!

Elaine
Elaine
9 years ago

My parents lived in Gold Beach (at the mouth of the Rogue) and we used to make the drive from Seattle two or three times a year until my dad passed away and my mom moved up here. I love that area of the world, and I am so happy seeing you happy there. You guys worked so hard to make this dream come true, and you deserve all you’ve received!

kalisa
9 years ago

I LOVE the fishing pictures!!

alyson
alyson
9 years ago

You are giving your boys some of the BEST memories!

Veronica
Veronica
9 years ago

I am more of a lurker than a commenter, but I want to say that I am so very happy for you. It is great to read about how well your family is doing, and I hope you thrive in your new home!

Erin@MommyontheSpot
9 years ago

Living your dream is an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing this.

OR Suz
OR Suz
9 years ago

After 12 years experiencing the same let down of returning home to Seattle after our glorious OR Coast trip, we decided to do something about it.
Though it’s not been a perfect move, it sure beats the alternative.
And I’m glad as hell we did it.
Now >1hr. from Florence.
Whenever we feel like it.

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