We’re heading home to the States in a few days. Our time will be divided between Indiana and Portland (with friends to visit along the way in Iowa and Colorado)…plus a trip to the East Coast (visits in Ohio on the way, then on to PA, North Carolina, & New York). I’m so excited to spend time with family & friends, eat spicy foods, hit some of my favorite shops in Portland (Powell’s, Buffalo Exchange, Goodwill, Art Media, Sur la Table…), be able to communicate clearly in public (i.e. speak English), meet friends’ babies born since the last time we were home, savor the beauty of the Northwest and enjoy walks around lovely Winona Lake, IN. My sister in Portland has proposed a family evening of walking through Peacock Lane + hot chocolate + games which sounds so cozy & fun and I just can’t wait!
I did this piece of the Columbia River Gorge today, and working on it made me anticipate all the more our upcoming trip. I’m hoping the weather is nice enough while we’re in the Northwest to do a bit of hiking in the Gorge, visit the coast, and not be too miserable strolling around Downtown (Portland). Wishful thinking?