Sou'wester, Seaview, WA
I am sharing the road with Nikki Sanchez, together we have occupied every square inch of her legendary Mini Cooper (aka Rainbow Rodeo). I asked Nikki to be my road-buddy not only because I knew she wouldn’t mind being trapped in a small space with me driving a zigzag route down the coast from three weeks, but also because I knew we would have a lot to talk about; Nikki just finished a year working on a documentary series about global Indigenous resurgence and is currently working on her PhD in Indigenous Governance. Yesterday morning, we left Victoria in the dark and rain at 5am, bound for the legendary Sou’wester in Seaview, WA. Despite preparing for everything to go wrong, the U.S. Border was remarkably painless. Once on the other side however, we were greeted by Trump supporters, waving banners in the pouring rain on every other overpass throughout the highway between Bellingham and Astoria. When we arrived in Oregon, for the first time all day, the rain cleared and the clouds parted. The landscape revealed itself to be green and lush, and our first destination was far more magical then we could have imagined. A character mansion from the 1800s surrounded by a whimsical constellation of airstream trailers, a block from world famous Long Beach. The staff at the Sou’wester greeted us like family; serving us dinner from wildcrafted local foods collected by the chef, who is also the masseuse.
The first show of the Shadowland Tour was played in the great room of the mansion, surrounded by Americana trinkets and shrines to silver bullet trailers. Thank you to the Sou’wester family and to everyone who came out! This is SUCH a great place to re-charge before the impending Trump-pocalypse.
Nikki & Ora