A Change Within A Change

Well, I’ve been gone from Oakhurst for 3 weeks now and so far I’ve spent a week with Ian in Redding, Ca. and 2 weeks in Portland, Or. with Andy, Cortnie and The Boys. The weather has been better than the norm, sunny and cool in Redding, sunny, warm and not too wet in Portland. That being said, with everyone having their own lives and jobs and distractions it’s been hard to spend a lot of time going out and “doing things” though we did anyway. I’m sure my being around added some stress to everyone but hopefully not too much. Ian has such a great group of friends and I enjoyed meeting and spending time with them, as do Andy and Cortnie and Portland is such a great town plus spending a lot of time all day with my grandsons Eoghan and Finnegan has opened my eyes to them…They are real people, not just pics and video snippets and once I got used to them (and I did need time!) I was so glad I came and spent these 2 weeks here in P-Town. Thank you to my family for putting me up and for putting up with me these past few weeks. I love you all very much and can’t wait for us to all be together again.
But the time has come to move ahead. I’ve been in a city for 3 weeks. The wilderness areas are calling to me. I have been itching to get back into the woods since I left California so the woods are where I’ll go.
Tomorrow is Sunday, June 24. I’ll get up and load Racinante, drive out of Portland, cruise along the Columbia River to Hood River, Oregon and turn south toward beautiful Mt. Hood and beyond.
People see Oregon as a puddle for the rain to fill but the state is as geologically and climatically diverse as California…And you know there are volcanoes here, right? The Cascade Mountains are wild and dramatic and grand and are full of mountain lakes, camping, hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing and hunting and if you tire of all the green just drive a little farther and the road will take you to a high desert and down into deep gorges…And I will be exploring all of it between tomorrow morning and when ever I decide to get into Idaho for a week or so and then…I will disappear for awhile…Which I might just do in Oregon, sounds like, huh?
So, I’ll be spending time at a local mountain lake south of Mt. Hood, camp there, mountain bike one day, hike the Pacific Crest Trail the next day, move onto Bend, Oregon (which is a bit of a mountain biking mecca for this area) to spend a night and go for a ride and then onto Sisters, Oregon about 25 miles from Bend, named for the “Three Sisters”, a trio of local volcanoes that dominate the southern skyline, spend a night, go for a ride, meet some of the local gentry and from there go through a local fossil deposit ground, into the high desert, through a canyon or two, into Idaho and onto Gooding…and that will be the last of the “planned and dead lined”. From then on it will be freeform…

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