Saying Goodbye To Oregon

August 7, 2015

As we drive through the pine forests of Central Oregon, sequestered in our air-conditioned car, I reflect on all the dear people we know, the open-armed hospitality we have been bestowed with, and the wonderful memories we are creating, layered upon the eight years of memories beneath.

Our last week in Portland was not all packing and scrubbing. We took breaks to dine alfresco in baked & parched backyards with friends, visit the sparkling lakes and powder-white dunes of the coast, outside of Florence, and connect to our bodies and minds with a final, centering yoga class.

The rushed goodbyes on Spokane St. made my heart beat a little too fast. We drove away somewhat stunned and flustered.  Did we forget anything? What exactly were we doing? How would the road unroll before us?…

So far, we have been floating along on a magical carpet ride.  Our journey began with a pitstop in Corvallis, with Dan’s cousin Katie and her husband, Hoover.  Then traveling into the ponderosa pine forests of Sisters, where we were spoiled with amazing dinners of paella, coconut-lime fish tacos, and home-brewed beer in the home of the Storton’s. We spent a day at Suttle Lake amongst extended family and friends, paddle-boarding and swimming.  On our way to Ashland, we made quick stops to connect with friends (Emily, Val & Jack), and found ourselves on a smoky, but beautiful road, the first sign of the forest fires that are raging in Northern California. In Ashland, we saw John & Luisa (our soon-to-be travel partners in Greece), and met our gracious hosts, Margaret, Mark and children who offered us their lovely cottage and a home-cooked meal in exchange for discussion about how-to-plan an around-the-world trip.  Our children instantly bonded with pool games and silk acrobatics, and we felt a kindred connection of spirit. By day five, we entered California with recollections of Oregon gently pushing and carrying us forward.

What gratitude I feel for our friends. They remind me of the good and kindness in humanity. By digging deeper to get to know these people in our lives, building histories, sharing in celebrations, my hands and heart feel full, ever grateful and rich. We move ahead, forging through time and space, hopeful to make new and meaningful friendships, but never forgetting Oregon, and the wonderful people of our heart here.

Thank you to all the generous hosts on our journey, who have welcomed us into their homes, shared delicious meals and precious time in our company. Thank you to those who have joined us for fun on the lake or around a table. Your goodwill and support as we venture off into our wide world, mean everything to us.


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  • Reply Janet Storton August 7, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Enjoyed getting to know your family better and am so amazed by your courage and wanderlust. You must be my “soul daughter”. Vaughn is missing Stella and they seem to have also become “soul sisters” for life. I will stay in touch in case you decide on a change of plans while in Africa. I would love to arrange a Safari in March while I am there. Google Red Chili Safari Camp and Murchison Falls! Be safe and enjoy the journey.

    • Reply Sarah August 19, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Hello Janet, Thank you for your kind message! We will definitely let you know if our plans in Africa change and we can visit you in Uganda. We send you and your family best wishes from Southern California.

  • Reply Shari August 18, 2015 at 9:50 am

    You were missed at the 6th annual Eastsider’s camp! We used the tent site Alex reserved for you as our group kitchen/hang space and toasted you on your journey. I hope you felt the love and awe we were sending your way. 🙂 We’ll all be following your journey here and look forward to seeing you at camp again someday.

    • Reply Sarah August 19, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Hello Shari, We so wish that we could have been with you and the gang for the annual campout. We will look forward to a future reunion, when we can tell stories around a campfire. Thank you for following our journey!

  • Reply Jessie August 18, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    What a love-letter send off to (from?) Oregon, and wonderful energies abound in meeting people on this journey of yours. XOXO!!

    • Reply Sarah August 19, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Hello Jessie, Yes, our goodbye trip has been a blessing. It is the perfect way to ease into our trip overseas. 10 days to go…

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