With the first few weeks of our expedition behind us and a brand new year ahead, we are beginning to feel more comfortable in our roles as travelers and adventurers. At first it was a bit difficult to let go of jobs and routines, but with each passing day it is becoming easier to stop thinking in terms of the past and future. We are now truly able to focus on living in the present. It is a great feeling to wake up every morning and see each day not as a Monday or a Saturday, a workday or a weekend, but as simply another day of life filled with endless possibilities.
This last Thursday was one such day. After a cup of morning coffee, we met up with Amy’s cousin Vanessa and headed across the Columbia River into Washington. Pearson Field was our destination. The game plan for the day was to hop into a single prop Cesna Skyhawk II and make a couple of short trips to nearby airports. Vanessa was going to Pilot the plane from the right seat while Amy & I took turns flying from the left. Unfortunately a faulty comm. unit and poor weather caused us to scrap that plan, but we still ended up with an amazing aerial tour of downtown Portland. Under “normal” circumstances it would have been easy to feel let down by the change of plans, but with our completely open schedule we didn’t feel as though any time had been lost. We had a great time flying around and seeing the city from a whole new perspective. Thanks Vanessa! We’ll fly with you anytime.
After returning from our flight we went for a nice little walk in the rain. No need to worry about poor weather on our “day off” because we don’t have days off; we just have days. Walking in a light Pacific Northwest rain was actually quite enjoyable. While all the world seemed to be trapped inside, we were out just enjoying each others company.
Our day ended with yet another treat. BLAZER’S GAME (vs. the Denver Nuggets). Having lived in Denver my whole life, I will say that there is no other sports city like Denver out there. Denver has it all, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, MLL, etc. You name a pro sport, Denver’s got it! Portland on the other hand is dedicated to ITS TEAM (ok there are now 2 pro teams with the Timbers recent move to MLS). Blazers fans are as committed as they come.
Game day for the team means game day for the city. There are few sporting events I have been to with the same energy and excitement as a Portland Trailblazers home game. It was only game 3 of the season and the Rose
Garden felt like a playoff game 7. The game was great. An even match the whole way through. In the end Portland prevailed and the city went to bed happy.
What a Thursday!
For tonight, NYE, headed to a local comedy club called Helium. We’ll fill you in the the show next time. But until then, have a fun & safe New Year’s Eve. Wishing everyone a prosperous and joyful 2012.