After five weeks of travel—from Vancouver, British Columbia to Victoria, down through western Washington and along the Oregon coast, into the great Willamette Valley, and then to a mountain top in the central Oregon Cascades—I’m back home in Portugal and ready to blog again.
I didn’t announce my trip because I have an old-fashioned notion of security, which tells me it’s not wise to publicize one’s absence from one’s home on the great wide Internet. But I did not take into account my wife or travel companions, all of whom were Facebooking about our journey from the very first day. So much for security…
Despite that, all is well. The flat is intact, the cats and most of my plants survived our absence, and my soul is rejuvenated after hiking my beloved Oregon coastal rain forest and piney, high desert trails. Most important, though, was spending time with friends and family. The Internet has made long-distance communication wonderfully easy, but even video chats cannot compare to being in the same room with someone.
I’ll be posting photos and descriptions in the coming days, starting with the above shot taken in Victoria’s Butchart Gardens. What an eye for color and texture those gardeners have! I could have stayed there another three hours.