November 10, 2011


After a few hundred miles,  things started looking familiar.  Road names and exit ramps sporadically conjured memories from yesteryear.  Beers in the woods at parent-less McMansions in high school.  Dark thirty to departures heading up to Mt. Hood in the back of a friend’s family van.  Tween soccer games at a roadside field.  The closer the Syncro marched towards Portland,  the more the memories flowed.  “Portland International Airport, 20 miles.”  No stopping them now.

As I drove north on I-5 through Northern California and Southern Oregon,  the trees changed color by the mile.  No more dodging fall by zipping up and down the California Coast.  Leaves littered the sides of the roads and rain beat down in proper northwest fashion.  At 4:30, the sun set over the hills.  “Fuck daylight savings,”  I mumbled, adjusting the windshield wiper speed.  Five hours later, I pulled off highway 14 at a familiar gas station t0 fill up.  Dressed in shorts, a sweater and barefoot, the 38 degree, rainy night caught me off guard.

Needles and leaves.

A morning hike in the woods.

An afternoon in Portland.

Tim on Prindle Mountain.

For miles.

Harvesting beats from the garden.

Seal Rock.

For the first time in five years,  I was back in the Columbia River Gorge during the height of fall.  Visiting the northwest once or twice  a year, in the summer and around the holidays, limited my view of the place I where grew up.  Just like a new haircut making a familiar person look different,  a change of season makes an old place look new.  Try it sometime.

Here are some more links,

Fall (Picasa),

A Restless Transplant (Facebook).


  • November 10 , 2011

    i started reading your blog at just the right time…i’m from portland! welcome to the northwest…you may never want to leave

  • Spencer
    November 10 , 2011

    Do I spy some huaraches?

  • November 10 , 2011

    I grew up in here. its very special.

    they are indeed. my brother swears by them,,


  • November 10 , 2011

    Harvesting beets from the garden! I hope that one day I can say I have done that as well.

  • November 10 , 2011

    thats an easy goal to achieve. give a garden a whirl. im pretty sure beats bomb proof.

  • November 11 , 2011

    I have been lurking for a while and wanted to let you know how much I enjoy visiting your blog! Your photos are wonderful! :)

  • November 11 , 2011

    thanks for the kind words. hope you keep coming back,

  • November 15 , 2011

    I love your photos! ♥ I’ve seen so many pictures of Portland, I want to go there… ♥