Before heading to the coast and then central Oregon, our last two days in the Portland area continued to add memories to an already very special trip. Galen owns a cabin within spitting distance of Mt. Hood. The weekend getaway home sits deep in the forest, just above a beautiful stream. Our 4th of July was spent sitting on the porch, staring at the water and sunlight streaming through the trees.
Then, to top off a perfect day Galen took us to dinner at the Timberline Lodge, halfway up the mountain. With mounds of snow surrounding the parking lot and still coating the top of the mountain, we were as far away from the Arizona desert as it is possible to be.
Our time with Galen Pearl and Barbara and Earl Torris ended way too soon but we had more of the state to see. A three night stay at a B&B on the coast just north of Newport was the quiet and solitary opposite of the hustle of Portland. The weather was cool and grey, the clam chowder was to die for, and the lighthouses a photographer's dream.
For the next three days we became a part of Sisters. Wendy and Bill took us on hikes past incredible waterfalls and roaring streams. We saw lakes so clear that boats seemed to be floating on air. We were welcomed into their amazing home, perched on the edge of a canyon, several miles out of town to enjoy breakfast on the deck, dinners by the grill, and gazing at stars without the interference of any human-generated light.
|Wendy, Bill, Betty, and me|
We spent one afternoon in a local wine bar, talking about books and authors, politics and the economy with people who just drifted in, recognized Bill and became our friends, too. We were absolutely blown away by the incredible photography of Wendy. Her work is on display at a local gallery and on the walls of their home. She taught Betty more about using our point and shoot camera in two days than we had learned in 6 months. Bill and I shared stories of our past careers (both management consultants) and playfully disagreed about political issues.
A couple from our church spend the summer in the Bend area, too. So we had the chance to meet Al & Patti for a fabulous lunch on the banks of the Deschutes River the afternoon before heading home.
Finally, it was time to get on the plane at the Redmond airport and fly back to the heat and home. We packed as well as we could but got home and discovered we had left one thing behind: our hearts. Taking the chance of meeting new people and turning virtual friends into lifelong companions had been one of the most enjoyable and important trips of our life. I did promise more photos of Oregon wine country southwest of Portland, so here are a few pictures to make Napa California jealous!
|Earl & Barbara Torris|
|Galen & Betty|
|How to cross a street in Sisters..use a flag!|