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Africa: Big Draw, Big Challenges

Since we started planning this trip two years ago, Africa – all of it—has been my priority. I’m drawn to it, and while I know there is no way to see it all I’ve designed many possible journeys in my mind throughout our planning. My focuses have been Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Malawi and South Africa: [...]

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Start NOW.

The ending of this passage marks the run to the finish line for us- no looking back now! I feel like the biggest leap is now behind us and from here on is where the real preparation begins to bloom on this site- from packing to purchasing and booking.. we are on the brink of [...]

The Next Big Leap.

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The Next Big Leap.

Three weeks and countless hours later, we just closed the door of our vacant house. It looks entirely different from the condo we moved into 6 years ago. Every corner has been updated and personalized, pondered over, and redesigned. I’m going to try not to sound overdramatic when I say I feel like i’m going [...]

Breathe

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Breathe

I am learning how to shut my mind off. Funny, since I’ve spent the better part of three decades struggling to keep it going in overdrive. My attempts to try to ease my constantly running internal monologue have generally failed. I am constantly reviewing ‘to do’ lists in my head, thinking about tomorrow’s project meetings, [...]

The Road to Moving Out

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The Road to Moving Out

I was lucky to wake up with a mild hangover on Saturday– it was on purpose.  I needed it. While wishing it had been slightly stronger, I’m not going to complain. This was an event I had been nervous to approach and a moderate headache paired with a dose of lethargy was only appropriate. We [...]

Where the ocean meets my worries

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Where the ocean meets my worries

Dave and I got scuba certified 2 summers ago and have yet to dive anywhere outside of the cold northwest waters.  Personally the cold water diving experience, while adventurous, was murky and a bit claustrophobic for me.  I’m not completely sold on the sport yet (I react that way to most activities involving drastically cold [...]

Losing Portland

Yesterday was my birthday. It was not a significant number and thus didn’t really require a lot of celebration. But I was lucky enough to have a good friend in town. There was an added excuse to wander- walk the waterfront, drink hoppy microbrews, and appreciate this city through the fresh eyes of a person [...]

Bye Bye, Winter.

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Bye Bye, Winter.

The news tonight reported that spring is forecasted to come two to three weeks early this year.  Unlike the rest of the US, it seems we are lucky to have had abnormally good weather this winter.  So while the rest of the nation is drowning in record rainfall or shoveling their way out of more [...]