We returned home yesterday from a seven day trip to see Jeff and Jennifer in Portland and Cannon Beach, Oregon. I’ll tell you about all our wonderful visit later but this morning I’m sad for all the people in Oregon, California, Colorado, and everywhere else who are being devastated by the unending, high-wind driven fires.
At J&J’s house at Cannon Beach, they have a majestic view of the valley from their back deck. On Tuesday we could already see smoke drifting in over the hills.
Here’s the same view two days later as we were leaving for Portland. And here is all we could see of downtown Portland yesterday as we headed to the airport. By then Portland had been judged the worst air quality of any major city in the world. Fires have already caused 500,000 people to evacuate or be prepared to, and small hamlets have been entirely wiped out. So very sad.
One of my favorite pictures is the one Jeff took of me sitting atop a large boulder in the sand on a beach not far from Cannon Beach in Oregon. I’ve shown it to you numerous times over the years.
The other day when Jeff and Jennifer were walking that beach they discovered that the segments of the rock have tumbled onto the beach, victim, we suppose, of high tides eroding the sand below it.
These large boulders are impressive, but nothing like they were stacked in the specific way that made them stand out from all the rest of the outcroppings along the beach. Makes me think of words, each good alone, but at their best when a writer figures out how to put them together to achieve the greatest effect.
There’s a saying about all good things and that applies to us today as we prepare to get back on the road tomorrow. We’ve had a fine time, as we always do, and we appreciate Tim Williams and Jennifer Harrison for “loaning” us their mates for the past week or so. Having our son and daughter with us is a wonderful treat.
I won’t be posting for a couple of days but I think I’ve done pretty well lately for someone who has been so busy goo foffing. With love and good wishes to all,