After two months on the road we found ourselves in the young city of Portland, Oregon. The city of roses. Trees line the streets here and feels like anything but a city. It is beautiful. It is about an hours drive from the mountains on one side and an hours drive to the ocean on the other. Upon arriving to Portland we were greeted by our gracious hosts – my cousin Adam & his beautiful wife Joy. What a wonderful way to take in a new place – with family. They gave us a really solid foundation to put our feet on and were so helpful in many ways. Perhaps the best part about spending time with Adam & Joy was truly getting to know them better. Growing up I didn’t feel like I got the best chance to know my immediate family but I realize now that I can change that by reaching out and connecting. It’s never too late – you can almost appreciate it more as you get older and realize the importance of life – happiness, connectedness, passion and following your heart by trusting yourself.
Adam and Joy are great. They opened up their home to us and showed us the best parts of the city. We enjoyed family meals, nightly walks, hikes, lots of laughs and the best part, really good conversation. They are in the midst of a major lifestyle change and we were happy to share this moment with them at the peak of this change – spiritually, mentally and physically. This transformation they are going through is very much a reflection of Portland. It’s a place close to nature, with plenty of trees and rivers, mountains, ocean and very friendly happy creative people. A young city…even the old are very young at heart because people live with passion and creativity! A woman by the name of Kay who owns an antique store in town told me that “you don’t find many Oregonians at church… we’re all out doing stuff… the great outdoors is our church.” I feel like that sums up the lifestyle here. There is also a big DIY arts scene going on here with both music and art. The city holds the First Thursday Art Walk in the newly renovated Pearl District downtown and the Last Thursday Art Walk in the NE part of Portland (which are two very different vibes). Like Boulder, CO, Portland’s streets are also owned by bikes. You can find a bike shop on mostly every street corner. It’s highly accessible on two wheels which makes it easy to really enjoy a sunny summer afternoon riding the shaded streets around town. People on the west smile more and genuinely stop and really smell the roses. They don’t skip a beat – they feel it all out here.
After a few weeks in Portland we decided to stay put for a while. There were plenty of farms to volunteer at and Rory was looking into an internship at a local Animation Studio. We were wading in blue water waiting to see what would happen…putting our feelers out there, sending out good vibes and were full of hope. It felt pretty nice in Portland. We shared a familiar feeling of what’s important in life. Life’s just too short. There was a lot of positive energy floating around in the nest we created at Adam and Joy’s. We absorbed all the time we shared together and felt really thankful to have spent those few weeks really getting to know and connecting with them. It’s amazing what one can do with the support and love of family and friends… anything is possible… so just go for it.. don’t wait.. just do it!