Today I just needed to get out of the house and go for a drive.
I headed Southeast out through Clackamas County, out to Estacada, and a little way up into the Cascades.
While I am definitely a beach person, I grew up living in between two mountains ranges, so I am used to seeing them everyday. Even though I am using to seeing the mountains everyday, I never get tired of seeing them.
It was hot today, so, on the freeway I definitely used the AC, but once I was on the back roads I just rolled the windows down to get the breeze. It made for beautiful pictures.
It’s days like this (as long as I have AC), that remind me why I love this part of the country. It is so pretty here, and it’s not all built up, and there are still many wide open, natural spaces. It’s not all concrete and steel here.
My muscles are barely sore anymore. They were pretty sore the past couple of days after having gone rock climbing.
Today was awesome. I got to go out to the Gorge, and even though it was rather cloudy the mountains were still out. The Gorge, especially around Hood River is one of the many great growing regions we have here in Oregon.
We had gone out in that direction in search of pitted pie cherries, so that we would have locally grown pie cherries for Christmas. Commercially canned stuff from the store is nowhere near the same if you have ever tried Oregon grown, home canned pie cherries. We had spent a good share of the time we were out driving around trying to find a place that sold tart pie cherries that were already pitted. We finally found a place, and got some.
The Forests, Mountains and the Ocean will always be something I love that love will always be a part of who I am. At the same time though there was a part of me that wanted to keep going east, and to see, be, and live somewhere else and explore more of this vast continent that the US sits on. While out, we for sure saw Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens (the one that blew its top off back in 1980), and quite possibly saw Mt. Adams. It is sad when you live somewhere and don’t know for sure whether or not you saw a particular mountain. I wonder how much I would miss the scenery if I didn’t live in this part of the country.
I know it has been a while since my last post here, and for that I am sorry. I have been busy with work, thus not having as many opportunities for adventures. Today, on the other I just went, and took the time to go somewhere, I have been missing one area in particular, where I lived for about four years, and it has been more home to me, than the city I have lived in most of my life.
This area is in the heart of farm, wine and hops country around here, and it is beautiful to boot. I spent four amazing, yet challenging years living here, and by half way through I was in love with this area. It took about 15 to 20 minutes to get from where I lived, to the county seat, which was a good 8+ miles away, while I spend at least 30+ minutes to cover the same distance here in the city. Its far enough away from the hubbub of the big city to really be in the country, yet close enough to go into the city every so often (like every few months) to go shopping, and is only just over an hour away from where I grew up, and some other stores they don’t have in the city that is 15 miles away, and there are more restaurant and entertainment options if I wanted to come see my friends who live here. Don’t get me wrong I have friends there as well, who have become my second family.
I would move back to this area in a heartbeat given the job opportunity, and yes I have been looking. I fell in love with this area sometime after I had been living there a year, and had adjusted to college, and living on my own, and by the end of my second year, this was more home to me, then where my family lives ever had. This felt right, and more me, and my style.
Today looked and felt like a typical fall day here in the Pacific Northwest. Today was another busy, yet awesome day. I was able to spend a few hours at the coast, and unwind a bit before another spurt of being in the real world again. I love the coast. It has been my favorite get away from the valley for years. While I love parts of the valley, the coast wins if you were to ask me where my favorite place is. It is typically milder temperature wise as the coast, which is one of the things I love about it.
Beings that I have grown up going to the beach, I often forget that the beach is the edge of our continent, and that where the ocean begins, is a vast world that opens up to unfamiliar worlds, and it is the edge of the world as I know it. It is pretty awesome to stand on the edge of the North American continent. It is hard for me to not know life without ever having seen the ocean. That is one of the things I have taken for granted for as long as I can remember. Seeing the ocean on a regular basis and seeing the mountains daily.
Today has been one of those cool, rainy, classic Pacific Northwest days that I love so much.
I spent some time this evening knitting while I watched my daily vlogs, and I am looking forward to doing more of that tomorrow.