Oregon, We Love You.
This year is almost coming to an end and Dakota and I find ourselves savoring the last bits of fall. We've been living in Portland for a year! The months have certainly flown by, almost as if Time was trying to be kind, spurring us gently on, amidst the pains of transition. Every year, I feel grateful for this season, a season where the end of things are celebrated and loved. It is a time of thankfulness for the vulnerabilities of nature to the cooler weather. Trees shed their leaves vibrantly, with no apologies, knowing in perfect timing that change is due, that it is okay to rest, hunker down, in order to survive the upcoming winter.
Our friends David and Chelsea visited us this week and it's been so much fun, showing them around and introducing them to this new city we've come to love. Our home isn't much, but opening our doors and welcoming our friends in, to share our roof, break bread with us, and catch up on life is such an inexplicable joy. We've missed them so much since moving. We went to the coast and hiked in the gorge, braving the rain and not minding how soaked we got, just focused on being in each others' company. We took many many photos and each rainy day was met with a roaring fire and a home-cooked meal. Celebrating these special relationships and dedicating time to nurture them is one of the most important experiences that Dakota and I intentionally pursue. Missing them both already.
OUR HIKE TO WAHCLELLA FALLS, COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, OR
DAY TRIP TO THE OREGON COAST: INDIAN BEACH, ECOLA STATE PARK
HALLOWEEN AT CRATER LAKE, OR