Yesterday was a busy enough day as it was, then today I decided to add in going for a drive out the gorge.
Yesterday was my adventure in the city, today was my adventure outside of the city.
I just felt like driving, and since gas is still under $2.00 a gallon, going for a drive because I feel like it is a lot more affordable.
Normally on my adventures I go west or south, or sometimes I even go North. On the rare occasion I go east. Today was one of those days I went east, out the gorge. I ended up in The Dalles where I got lunch and Dutch bros before coming back to the city.
Today was one of those days where I missed having a jeep, and miss living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. I am glad we have plenty of small towns in the middle of nowhere so close to the city, I know I take the mountains and the forests for granted, yet I never get tired of them. One of the things I love about the gorge, especially as you start getting closer to Hood River, and the scenery changes drastically, right around Hood River you go from the western side with Douglas fir trees to the central Oregon scenery with drier land, sparser trees that are pine trees rather than fir trees to more of the dry eastern Oregon landscape around the Dalles. There are three distinct ecological, geological, topographical, vegetation changes.
As I have gotten older, I have become for adventurous and able to figure out where I am, and where I need to go based on what is around me. It is nice to have a smartphone with Google maps should I need it. Granted there are several geographical features out here that I am familiar with such as certain mountain ranges, certain rivers, and such that orient me to direction. That is something I have worked on, starting in college is being able to generally figure out what direction is what based on topographical features.
I am sure all this talk about certain survival skills is boring for some, but I find it fascinating. “But Erica, why would a city girl like you be fascinated by survival skills and edible plants?” I hope I never need them, but I love the idea of being more self sustaining, and living more so off the land. Granted with food intolerances and the fact I live in the 21st century I am going to still be somewhat reliant on others for my food. Beings that I love history, especially this history of the American West and love being outdoors, as well as a love for cooking, baking and preserving fruits and stuff like that, survival skills and embracing my own pioneer and homesteading history. It is in my blood and it is quickly being lost because we no longer have to do it to Survive. Our survival isn’t dependent on what we plant in spring, the livestock we are able to raise, the fish we are able to catch and the game we are able to hunt. I realized it is a lot of hard work, but I love working hard and seeing the fruits of my labor.