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Looking back, the faces of the friends I made along the way stand out as vivid as scenes unfolded from winding ridge tops; kindness from perfect strangers as refreshing as the mountain lakes I jumped in. The wilderness outposts of #easternoregon epitomized this like no place else.
There’s magic in the rock of the #eaglecap , and there’s #aloha to go around in #wallowacounty. After a spectacular #hellscanyon sunrise, I literally could not refuse a hearty breakfast with Teena & Sis, and grandpa Fred & Pat, and the leader of them all, Vegas, the Boston Terrier.
Snacks, naps, fishing tackle, all-u-can-drink lite beer — on the house. More family moves in after lunch. I learn the language and join the tribe. We toast lite beer to #wilderness , we open more bags of chips. Every meal has a dessert, cups are always full, don’t be shy — these are the rules.
We drink crownberry apple cocktails in the RV while the wind throws pellets of cold rain at the windows and the night gets thick and tangled in the treetops. My ride home will be here any moment; until then, I’m with friends.