Monday, June 02, 2008
Miriam walking on the beach at the Oregon Coast.
We're in Oregon now, visiting my family. We haven't been here for a year and a half, so I've had some time to forget what it's like here, apparently. We arrived in the middle of the night and when I stepped outside the house the next morning, it was like I was in a place where nature uses a completely different color palette. It really felt like I was wearing some kind of filtered glasses that let in all the greens, rich browns, and manicured lawns, and filtered out any kind of desert sandy color or direct sunshine.
I also hadn't realized how vast and open the desert feels. Here in Oregon, it wouldn't be hard to feel claustrophobic because of all the rolling hills and trees that tower over everything. You can't really see anything for any great distance.
But of course, I love it. Jeremy's been giving me a bad time for the past few days because of all the good things I've been saying about the Northwest. The other day, someone in front of us ran a red light and Jeremy sarcastically said, "Can you believe that, Bridget? Can you believe that someone who lives in Oregon ran a red light?!?!? I thought that only happened in Tucson!" So maybe I've taken it a little over the top, but in any case, it's nice to be back for a visit.
Soon we'll head off to Vermont and start that adventure. I'll be keeping the same blog address but I'll probably temporarily change the name to My Adventures in Middlebury. I hope that doesn't confuse anyone too much.