Happy Birthday Sprinter!

Dusk in the park.
Dusk in Malibu Creek State Park, just 20 miles north of LA,

A year ago on February 1st, we boarded a Greyhound bus from Portland to Eugene to pick up our Sprinter. Three months ago, we packed up the van and hit the road on this trip. Zooooooom…amazing how time whips on by.

We just realized this thanks to Chelsea’s cool 1-sentence journal that she keeps that shows entries year-over-year. I’d write more, but we are getting up at 5 am tomorrow to volunteer at a 50 mile ultramarathon race that happens to be starting at our campground at Malibu Creek State Park . One of the racers took us out for Chipotle and a litany of racing stories tonight and we’re gonna get up and root for him in the pitch dark as he and 250 other runners rampage off into the mountains. The race is the inaugural Sean O’Brien, if you’re interested. (It may have me thinking, “Hey, a 50k could be a fun challenge…”)

Live from the race (yay technology!). The 50 milers head out at six am.

Live from the race (yay for iPhones and remote publishing with WordPress). The 50 milers head out at six am in 28 degrees. Top finishers will run about a 7:00/mile pace and finish in 6-7 hours. Smokin’ fast!

Chelsea crushing the (very steep) Bulldog Road in Malibu Creek.
Chelsea crushing the (very steep) Bulldog Road in Malibu Creek.

Wrapping things up! A few pictures from our time here in Malibu Creek State Park. After a scant 12 hours in L.A., our plans changed when two sets of family and friends came down with the flu. Instead, we escaped up here 20 miles north into the Santa Monica mountains and are sticking to some of the core themes for this trip – getting out in nature, meeting amazing people, grabbing serendipity by the horns, and not getting too serious.

Our roadtrip buddy Hasta luego to our buddy Dan from Santa Barbara. Yes, he has an identical Sprinter to ours.
Hasta luego to our roadtrip buddy Dan, whom we met in Big Sur. Yes, he has an identical Sprinter to ours.

Til next time,

Dakota

Malibu Creek State Park is where the old show MASH was shot. Hanging out in one of the old set vehicles!
This one’s for Chelsea’s dad! Malibu Creek State Park is where the old show M*A*S*H was shot. Hanging out in one of the old set vehicles…
An amazing sunset in Malibu Creek State Park.
An amazing sunset in Malibu Creek State Park.
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  1. Aunt Cheryl
    Aunt Cheryl says:

    Hi! Thank you both for our visit over a delicious tempeh taco at Morro Bay’s Shine Cafe, getting to see how well you outfitted your Sprinter van(!), and for the 3-hour trail walk with Chelsea over the coastline hills south of Morro Bay ๐Ÿ™‚ Your posts are really enjoyable to read… informative, insightful, honest, thought-provoking and humorous and your pictures are awesome! What an amazing adventure to experience together <3 …and to share with all of us! Chelsea…go for it! You will do well!

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    • Dakota
      Dakota says:

      Thanks Cheryl! We’re loving the adventure and plan to continue until it doesn’t feel right any longer. Great to see you!

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