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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.

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Mt Hood over Hood River Airport

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

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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.

Our Favorite Underwood Winery – Aniche Cellars

Every time I am back in Hood River, my friends and I make it a point to head up to Underwood, Washington (right across the Columbia River) and spend a few hours wine tasting at Aniche, which is our favorite Underwood winery… and possibly even our overall favorite Gorge winery as well.

They pair their wines perfectly with small nibbles of prosciutto, manchengo cheese, salami, fig, etc. that really enhances the flavor of each of their wines.

underwood winery

They usually have about 5-6 wines on their tasting menus.  My personal favorite was a 2010 white blend they had, the Tzippy, which was a 22% Gewurztraminer, 78% Riesling blend.

underwood winery

For the holidays, the tasting room just puts you in the Christmas spirit (and the wine doesn’t hurt), as the red and green colors  make their warm wood tasting room super cozy.

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If you want to check out my favorite Underwood winery:

Aniche is open Wednesday through Sunday, Noon – Six PM.

Winter hours are noon to 5pm beginning November 5th.

They offer flights of 5 to 6 wines with small plate food pairing for $5, free to wine club members!

underwood winery
Check it out, if you like wine, you’ll love Aniche