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So the night before Shima and I fell asleep while listening to the waves of the Pacific. It was still a lot to take in. I was back on the west coast...a place I had missed early. Now I was here...the reality was all around me. I now had a few weeks left to play and explore before I had to land at my final destination and get started on my new life.
So this morning Shima and I had some coast to explore before stopping at ...
... on the McKenzie River. I think we figured it out that we were related through Jared’s great grandmother’s uncle who moved out to Oregon long ago as a logger. There is a large group of Koozers that live in close proximity to each other, so that stretch of road along the McKenzie Hwy has been dubbed “Koozerville.” Jared’s parents traveled out here years ago with his grandparents and uncle to visit and returned a few years ago. So ...
... hot springs near 58.
We drove back to Eugene then north up I-5 to Beaverton.
We stopped in Salem and drove to the Oregon Capitol building.
We looked at the hotel we stayed at previously, it was full.
We found a hotel in Troutdale (most were booked).
Hi fellow travelers... well some of you are traveling.
Monday, I went back up to the Dosewallops River with a book and campchair and enjoyed the sounds and smells of rough river a few feet away from me. It stayed overcast and kinda chilly but still enjoyable.
I was in WA 5 days, and it was intermittently rainy, cloudy, sunny, chilly, never warm, but that's not what I am up ...
... shuttle and so was able to paddle it alone, though in
hindsight, that was a little risky, given the challenging rapids; but
all went well, and I only once almost tipped over, but my kayak muscled
itself back upright. I had a little talk with myself then, and was cautious and tried to "read the river" better after the near-tip. So today, am still here in oakridge. Just
finished a wonderful breakfast her in the coffee shop and am then going
to go ...