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Back in the Hood, Surrounded by Friends

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.

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls lower falls en route to Hood River from Portland, Oregon

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.

Hood River
Mt Hood over Hood River Airport

Which has allowed me accessibility to mark items off my bucketlist, like my climb of Mt St Helens….

mt st helens
Mt Helens Sunrise Summit

Enjoying mosquito free evenings outside drinking wine and talking about future life and future babies…

Adam and Vanessa

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.

//The I.A.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Concert in Portland, Oregon

For a late birthday celebration when I got back to Oregon, my friends wanted to go attend the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert to get everyone in the Christmas spirit at Moda Center in Portland.

trans-siberian orchestra

I wasn’t sure if we should go formal… I mean… their name says Orchestra, or casual…. so I wore a red and black dress, black tights and boots… and that worked well, although many people were just in jeans and a T-shirt and there were also many children at the show.

trans-siberian orchestra

The concert actually lasted 2.5 hours, which was really surprising but it went by quite quickly.  There is some narration during the concert which got kind of annoying, I mean, we are here to listen to music, and not someone talking… but I could overlook that, and it gave me time to mess with some of my pictures while nothing else was going on.

trans-siberian orchestra

They did “The Christmas Attic” theme for the first 1.5 hours…so narration, song, narration song… and then they decided to have some fun with the last hour and just went straight 80s hair band.  No christmas songs, at all.

trans-siberian orchestra

While I’m generally not a huge fan of 80s music, it was still very good and everyone’s voices were incredible.

Then at the end, for the finale, they played my favorite….

Overall concert was good, I’m glad I got to finally see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Would I see them again?  Probably not, but I think we’re all ready for a rockin’ Christmas now :)

//The I.A.

Eat Local – Hood River Style

I’ve been pretty stoked to be back in Hood River this week AND especially that I’ve had a kitchen which has given me the opportunity to eat local.

I’m lucky to have a friend, Aharon, who raises organic cage-free eggs and free range organic chickens up in Underwood, so some of the meat this week came from her.

Hood River also has a lovely summer farmers market, and with the fruit loop very accessible  to everyone in the area as well as the plethora of fresh peaches and Hood River cherries beginning to hit the grocery stores and farmers markets now, summer in Hood River has inspired me so much to make these delectable meals and the ability to eat local fresh and organic this week, and this, has made me very happy.

//The I.A.