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Bandon to Gold Beach
December 31, 2006, 10:43 pm
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August 9th
Bandon to Gold Beach

Today I spent trying to ditch the family of bicyclist which were very near to us. I would have felt bad that a Middle aged dad, mom and their 10 year old boy would out ride me so i pushed a little harder than usual. Blake and I met up and went swimmimg mid day in an icecold beach which had signs everywhere”Do not swim! Do not Swim! It was hot and we needed a bath! We made it out safely. I spent approximately 3 dunks at about 2.5 minutes. Blake made it a clean 10-20 minutes. Blake heard that this was wild bear country so he started practicing climbing trees in order to hide his Kit Kats if needed. At some point we became the photographers for a huge biker gang who were cruising the up the coast. I think today we were quite tired. 60 miles up and down hills in the hot sun gave us nice sun burns and a good reason to drop dead when we made it to town.



raw kombucha-breakfast of champions
December 31, 2006, 10:22 pm
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August 9th
Balarama Jayanti

We woke up to a mystic morning feeling we were on a deserted Island which only prehistoric monsters roam. Until 8am or so we were the only monsters present. We rose about six and took ice cold baths in the ocean. I took a dip in one of the ponds and Chaitanya went for it and dove into the ocean. He thought it would be the only chance to swim in the Oregon coast since we are about to cross the border in a few days. Anyway it was invigorating! We spent the early morning in japa meditation and prayer to Lord Balarama. Half day fasting allowed us to spend til noon in Bandon beach having cowherd boy adventures through the caves, ponds, rock bridges and investigating the local wildlife. Extra day light reading was most enjoyabIe. Often we only read when its dark and we have to use our flashlights. I also collected nice shiny rocks to give my hippy friends like Ananga and Bobbitto. By their inspiration Raw Kombucha was the fast breaking drink of choice. energy boost! I highly recommend Bandon to anyone who wants a quiet getaway for maybe writing a book or just being alone to chant your japa or study. I look forward to returning someday. Very special place actually my favorite out of everywhere on the coast. I just love that early morning fog which hides the seastacks. Reminds me of fairytales. Did you know that one is always looking to “live-happily-ever after” because they are sat-cit-ananda! Live-cit(consciousness), Happily-ananda(blissful),Ever after-sat(eternal).



more bandon photos
December 31, 2006, 10:19 pm
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bandon photos
December 31, 2006, 10:09 pm
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Balarama’s purna chandra…
December 31, 2006, 9:08 pm
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We arrived to Bandon the night before Balarama Jayanti. The moon was huge, bright and full white color. There was a blue ring which encircled it and made our evening most auspicious. We had no idea that we would be sleeping in a most mystical place. There were little to no houses or hotels near by. It was a bird sanctuary so there were no business’ etc. We arrived and the fog had rolled in and left silhouettes of sea stacks to be viewed down the cliffs into the ocean. Chaitanya blindly climbed a sea stack not knowing what else to do on a most beautiful night. The moon shown brightly so we could see quite easily. We finsihed chanting our japa on the beach below, engaged ourselves in kirtan, spoke a lttle about Lord Balarama and offered our prayers to him that he may protect and inspire us while on this journey. On the day of my initiation HH Radhanath Maharaja told me that Balaramacandra is actually a name of Lord Nityananda. It is so because the moon(chandra) is representative of mercy and blessings. “balaram hoilo nitai” Lord Nityananda is non different than Lord Balarama. In Chaitanya Lila Gaura Ntai come to save the most fallen whether they deserve it or not. This is krpa… So the Mercy of Lord Balaram has decended and walked the earth as His very Self, Lord Nityananda. He goes knocking from door to door asking everyone to accept Krsna as their mother, father, worshipable Lord, their life and soul. He begs them to simply give up your sinful ways and chant Gauranga! Chant Hare Krsna! My Gurumaharaj said I must act as a servant to Lord Nityananda’s mission. I prayed to Lord Balarama on this evening that I may be blessed with the opportunity to serve this order. Sri Balaramaji Ki Jaya!



satatam kirtayanto mam…
December 31, 2006, 8:46 pm
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bandon o bandon
December 29, 2006, 9:53 pm
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Entering Bandon.

One sad thing about Oregon is every so often you come across these tree graveyards. There are mountain side which all the trees have been clear cut for this “renewable resource”.

As we approached Bandon we stopped and enjoyed the beautiful glades. Each day we would see various natural environments that just captured your minds. One time a disciple asked Srila Prabhupada,” Prabhupada, do you think that that sunset is beautiful?” Prabhupada answered,”If you think that the sunset is beautiful wait til you see the artist behind it.” We didnt think that Bandon was going to be one of our favorite places on the whole trip. We arrived to the town and it was a little place with just one small grocery store. We got some food stuff to eat and headed to the local Library to catch up on email . We got there a little late so only spent ten minutes there. We chatted with a golf catty for twenty minutes or so and he gave us the advice to camp on the beach in these little huts that he and his caddy buddyies go drinking at each night. We liked the beach idea but not the hanging out with his buddies idea. Caddying is a good job for anyone who likes to be the servant for very rich people. He get 80 dollars plus tip to carry a bag for four hours. We showed up at the beach and our jaws dropped seeing and feeling the environment. Most beautiful.