The gift of a new climate

What is our ideal travel weather? Warm, sunny, and always dry.

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It looked like pink snow, but, instead, petals drifted down from the flowering trees after a windy rain in Portland, Oregon.

We knew Portland would be cool, overcast and rainy, but we had no choice. It was time to prepare for our upcoming seven-month trip to South America, and this was the place to do it. We felt a bit grumpy though as the rain continued day-after-day-after-day.

We still took our daily walks and made two discoveries. First, moss grows beautifully in this climate, and we loved its sumptuous color, the way if grows on rocks, sidewalks, up steps and on houses. It’s almost glowing and always a vivid green.

How could you not be taken by the beauty of this scene?

How could you not be taken by the beauty of this scene?

Have you ever seen public restrooms in a park so opulently landscaped? (The location is Forest Park in Portland.)

Have you ever seen public restrooms in a park so opulently landscaped? (The location is Forest Park in Portland.)

Even the tree branches are lined with shiny emerald moss.

Even the tree branches are lined with shiny emerald moss.

Our second discovery came soon after we arrived in Portland. On a day of driving rain, Beth’s old blue rain jacket (the one she thought would last forever since it is so rarely used) was discovered, sadly, to no longer be waterproof.

That rain jacket has traveled in Beth’s suitcase across the United States and all over the world. (This is a photo from three years ago on a beach in Florida.)

That rain jacket has traveled in Beth’s suitcase across the United States and all over the world. (This is a photo from three years ago on a beach in Florida.)

It was perfect timing to discover the raincoat had to be replaced before we get to South America where we know we’ll have rain. Now, we’ve replaced the old royal blue with a new turquoise colored rain jacket. And it was an enjoyable time in the rain, looking at the mosses growing in Portland. Two good discoveries!

 

March 2016

 

 

 

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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10 Responses to The gift of a new climate

  1. I’ll be excited to read about your trip to South America! I’m glad you discovered your raincoat needed replacing before leaving. And the moss in Portland is really sumptuous; every time I see moss, I feel invited to sink right into it and sleep. Happy and safe travels! 🙂

  2. icelandpenny says:

    Love, love the moss. Now that you are moss-lovers as well, you must some day visit Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands). And not just for the moss…

  3. So, the anticipation of a new trip is settling upon you! Happy and safe travels, success at packing it all up, and buen viaje!

  4. Lucky you discovered the leaky raincoat before you headed off on the next big adventure.

  5. plaidcamper says:

    Beautiful mossy photographs! Looking forward to reading your South American adventures.

  6. I’m a big fan of moss, too. But why did you have to go to Portland to go to South America? (Loved Patagonia and the Iguazu falls, not so keen on the cities.)

    • Good question and the answer is 3 things: car, clothes, dentist. We return our car to our son’s driveway, we pick up our travel clothes from his basement, and Joe had an appointment with his dentist.

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