Hood River, Oregon is in the Columbia River Gorge about an hour east of Portland. I first came here in 2006 on an interview and shortly afterwards sold my house in Georgia, moved across the country and have never really looked back… and while I’m still full vagabond mode, it is still the place that I consider home to me.
So I’ve been back here in this special place a week now and each day I have been fortunate to be surrounded by people who have followed me virtually the last eight months of my adventures, have listened when I pour my heart out on Facebook messenger and now that I’m home they are here with me daily, both laughing and crying as I talk about the last eight months and my thoughts on life and as I sit and listen to get up to speed on theirs and everything that I have missed.
One of the biggest things that has changed this travel period is that my friend gave birth, and I’m now Auntie to the handsome Hiko-san.
Some days are full from Breakfast to lunch to dinner, and its these moments that I hold on to when I’m gone because truly the best gift we can give to each other is time.
It never hurts that we all live in a place I still consider one of the most beautiful in all the world and an outdoor mecca.
Which has allowed me accessibility to mark items off my bucketlist, like my climb of Mt St Helens….
Enjoying mosquito free evenings outside drinking wine and talking about future life and future babies…
As well as a plethora of other adventurous activities like my day spent rafting the White Salmon River with Robin and Dani from our Kilimanjaro hike as well as more old friends
And of course, this week we also got to celebrate 4th of July together… which is my favorite holiday and a day that generally incites memories that I never want to forget.
How lucky we are to call this place home and how blessed I am to have these fabulous people here to enjoy it with.