No curve was too sharp for them and their bicycle. No puddle was deep enough to stop them. -- Friends by Helme Hein

02 December, 2009

An Ode to Oregon

I don't think most people want to honeymoon in their home state, but we couldn't wait to be on the open road in Oregon with nothing but the trees, mountains and coast as our destination. We spent a day in Portland with friends at the Kennedy School, then drove to the coast to get some fresh air.

A sunny day at the Oregon coast is a rare treat any time of the year, but to have 2 blue sky, warm weather days in November was unbelievable.

The view of Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock from our hotel room, complete with steam shower, jetted tub with views, and the most comfortable tempurpedic bed I've ever slept in (*the claim that you can set a wine glass on the bed and jump on it at the same time without the wine spilling is true, we tested it)

It felt like the clouds parted, the sea went out to Japan and the birds came to feast. The day was meant for us.

At least 300 starfish were attached to the rocks around Haystack Rock. In all the rainy days I spent at the Oregon Coast growing up, I've only seen 2 or 3 starfish until this day.

James is also one to never let a honeymoon get in the way of writing university papers...

In Portland, we enjoyed a casual movie while we waited for our room at the Jupiter Hotel to open at midnight.

On our way to Bend, stopped at Detroit Lake. Another view of James working on his honeymoon. We loved the Prius for our roadtrip--comfortable and smooth. Too bad it had California plates.

a riverside break in the mountains

Since we've been back in Japan we've celebrated our marriage with the nuns, our fellow teachers and friends. We feel so blessed to start our lives together in a way that was filled with love, warmth and support.

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