It’s been a very hectic last 3 weeks. I apologize for the blogging silence, and ought to be able to stay on track now. As many of you know, my husband’s company went out of business, and since there’s not many companies in the gorge, and none of the ones there are are hiring positions he fits, we had to move. Moving quickly meant we saved money, since we’re going to live with my parents until he gets a new job.
I’ve had a hard time leaving the gorge. I loved it out there, the stunning natural wonders, the long hikes, and the people in the community of Hood River. I’m still planning so long as I’m in the Portland area to keep on with my new writing group with Zoe (pronounced rhyming with Joey, not toe) once a week. Every Tuesday since Nanowrimo we’ve kept up the write in, although we end up debating what makes a good story more often then actually writing. I’ve also promised myself to go hiking out there regularly as the weather gets better, it’s such an inspiration.
While I’m hopeful that there’ll be new and exciting things where ever we live next, it’s a bit stressful I have no idea where that’s going to be. Sigh. We’re pretty much job searching in all of Western Oregon. On the bright side, we have wonderful families to support us during this time of transition, something I’m really grateful for.
I hope to come back to the gorge (perhaps when I’m a famous best selling author with an independent income, right?), as I’ve really loved living out here, but if not, I will let it remain a very active part of my life. The depth of the inspiration to my writing and spirituality here has been amazing. There’s so much I still have yet to explore. I’d like this summer to explore every single exist between Troutdale and The Dalles once the weather is nicer. There’s a few I’ve never taken (like Wyeth) and some I’ve only done a couple things on that have a ton of interesting hikes I have yet to try (like around Bonneville dam).
The gorge is also recognizable in several quiet ways in my novels, and I expect it’ll keep showing up. It’s on the same scale as the stunning natural scapes we see in the Lord of the Rings movies (I’d love to see New Zealand also) and close to home so I don’t need to save up any money to just spend a sunny afternoon hiking in it. But I also remind myself that Oregon and Washington have plenty of other great natural things to see, even if they aren’t as breathtaking, and so wherever I end up, I hope to be able to keep featuring interesting hikes I’m taking as regular blog posts.