|Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge|
Ah, but there’s a catch. It rains a bit. It stops, but ten minutes later, it rains again. And when the sun sneaks through, everyone grins.
Did I tell you we saw a whale in Depoe Bay, the whale watching capital of the world? Her name is Proxy, and she just swam to Oregon from Mexico this year. Well they all come from Mexico, where they starve half the year and then make their way up to Alaska. Except a few of them stop short of their goal and decide to call Oregon home. (Their mothers must’ve taught them about detours). And eighteen are lounging here for the summer.
We actually had a PhD of whales heading our six person excursion, who took along one of her interns, an adorable little blonde in her twenties. At the end of the excitement, the intern breathed, “If I don’t live another day, this will be enough.”
I thought, Oh Pul-eeze. Is this what you call a life? And by the way, if your mother was here, she’d smear on some sunscreen. Better watch it or you’re going to look like the Sun Maid Raisin Lady by the time you’re thirty.
But I didn’t say nada. Unlike the usual me, the natural, chatty, always in the know. (Notice, I didn’t say know-it-all), I was unusually polite, and kept quiet.
After the coast, we raced to Klamath Falls, but turns out the falls disappeared years ago. With all the previous construction, the water had dried to a drip.
Leaving early the next morning, we drove to Crater Lake—the deepest fresh water lake in our country—one section measuring 6700 feet—and so blue, it seemed unnatural, like a fiery opal had exploded, spreading its azure body across the water
The day was raining and cold, but that was just fine. It was sunny and warm the next couple days before we flew home to Orlando into a wall of heat, and my hair’s as frizzy here as it was in the Northwest.
Except it’s lots more comfortable and gorgeous in the Northwest, but of course there's less sun and more rain. Would I trade it over the heat and unbearable humidity in Florida?
I’ll let you know after my nap in my perfectly regulated a/c home.