With high hopes of a unforgettable time, I am now leaving Portland more than satisfied, more inspired, and more me than ever. I wanted to document and blog my time spent here with close friends and family throughout the last week, but eventually got lost at every moment spent. I tried to remember to record and take pictures but did not want to live the experience second hand. Sometimes we just have to be.
I landed in Portland about 6 days ago and since then has been an adventure to say the least. I spent my earlier time in Lincoln City in a beautiful dream beach house on the water with close friends. It was a small town and quiet. No sensory overloads, no tv's, no clubs, no major corporate restaurants. Just us, music, and great food. We cooked and ate every meal ourselves. Shared old memories, created new ones. Drank an insane amount of wine and even got into a few arguments. At the end of it all, it was all love. It was just us. Four different couples and a puppy named "Sonny". When we did venture out to grab groceries and drinks, the small town of Lincoln gave us our fair share of both good and bad welcome and stares. The dynamic of our group was different to say the least. All interracial couples and one same sex partners. A completely eclectic group. We took pride in it and enjoyed ourselves. We celebrated each others successes and eventually went on our own ways. We all lived in different cities, from Seattle, San Diego, Sacramento, and Portland. It was great to rendezvous once again.
After our beach house getaway, Tashee and I spent the last two nights back in Portland. We visited a few places we've always desired to eat at. Walked around shops and did the tourist things we were suppose to do. I managed to sneak in a fade at a local barbershop that struck a great conscious conversation. It seems that all the interactions I have had here in Portland with strangers have always been an open minded, positive experience. Self made people. Young entreprenuers. Generations of weird. Unordinary People. Crafty and Precise designs. Detailed and Practical executions. Portland is inspiring, though the rain says otherwise. I have gained much respect for Portland and Ive yet to fully discover her and all she offers. I will be back soon enough, and maybe to even stay permanently, who knows. Until next time Oregon, here's to the new memories we've created. Cheers.