I’ve been remiss in getting up my posts in a timely manner! I promise to remedy that!
Leah in Portland felt I hadn’t really given my impressions of the city in my blog. I suppose that’s because my feelings are so mixed. I love the many delightful cafes/coffee shops and lament the fact that I could be in Portland a whole year and not sample every one! Yet, sometimes I found people’s friendliness disingenuous and the weirdness, over the top. Also, I found the city layout difficult to navigate and the overcast weather gloomy…Perhaps my expectations were simply set too high!
However, the Oregon coast did NOT disappoint! When I first caught sight of a series of waves rapidly advancing the shore adorn with craggy rocks, I brought my hand over my heart in delighted surprise! At one point, I got out and scrambled down to the beach, arms outstretched in the wind, feet bare on the sand, grin on my face. I found a slim stone half buried;: it fit so well in my hand. The seagulls were scavenging at the water’s edge. Lovely!
I made my way from Lincoln City to Coos Bay. I stopped in the town just before my destination to meet up with my friend Erica and about twelve of her former colleagues at a nifty Italian place, where spoons were bent and used as hooks in the bathrooms. Such ingenuity! Everyone was nice and welcoming and I learned a lot about virtual classrooms. Fascinating! Erica and I skipped a belly dance class and stayed on for a drink and catch up about our lives since college. Neither of us knew yet what we wanted to be! Then I followed her home and met her two soft fluffy bunnies in their beautiful backyard hutch and later her two daughters and husband. They were all lovely but very quickly it was bedtime and I slept in past the time everyone had to leave in the morning. I met the pleasant housecleaner, Irene, before slipping off to my next adventure in Northern California!