My friend Mike came to visit!
It’s been a while since I’ve seen him – Back over spring break, if I’m remembering correctly, and I was super psyched to hear that he’d have some free time over Christmas to come up to Oregon and visit. I came up with tons of plans – keeping in mind that weather would be a pretty major contributing factor to what trouble we got into.
Without giving a full blow-by-blow of the adventure, I’ll fill you in on a snapshot of the conditions we found ourselves in: The world was burning down (or rampantly infected, more accurately) with the Omicron variant of COVID. Mt. Hood was getting belted with a full-power winter snowstorm. The roads between Mike and I were similarly under a snowy assault. And, to top it all off, both of us were pretty well burned out from the rest of the adventures of the year.
So what do you do when the whole world seems a little bit crazy?
Go to the beach! Duh.
“But Ben! Those are pictures of snow! That’s not the beach!”
“Right you are, other Ben! For you see… Mt. Hood and Mt. Shasta weren’t the only places getting pummeled with persistent precipitation! The roads to the beach were also under snow!”
But hey. We’re two New England boys, in Mike’s car with brand new snow tires. We got to the beach without any difficulty or fuss.
Once at the beach, we grabbed some lunch at a local Brewery before walking said lunch off exploring the coastline.
Have I mentioned that Oregon is beautiful?
Let me reiterate that fact:
The walk was perfect – for me, at least, but I’m pretty confident that it was exactly what both of us needed. Low-Key, relaxed conversation. With a gorgeous background.
And no – I’m not going to transcribe everything we talked about. Because that would be crazy. And, while I’m absolutely crazy, I’m thankfully not that kind of crazy.
Though… Maybe someday we’ll start a podcast or something. Pretty sure our crazy would sell pretty well. Maybe.
For now – Enjoy a few interesting signs that we saw before the final installment on the day’s adventure!
****WE WENT TO RED LOBSTER ON THE DRIVE BACK****
(I didn’t even know we had Red Lobster, to be honest. Many thanks to Mike for introducing me to Maine Lobsters in Oregon!)