Portland, Oregon - Something unusual is in the air today...the sun. Though I have been soaked to the bone with the wet Northwest climate, the sun is out today, creating a wonderful vibe in the city of Portland. I have traveled up here to work with the Cirque du Soleil for the next 6 weeks, while also giving me an opportunity to explore yet another area of the country. The first thing I found out is that living in a motor home in the rainy Northwest is much more challenging than I had imagined. I am finding out that my rig is nowhere near waterproof...not even water-resistant, really. All those times that I procrastinated on resealing the roof has come back and enacted its revenge upon me. The dampness contained within it's confines is palpable. So the logical steps for me is to get outside my four walls! I am finding that cabin fever can run rampant if you let the weather outside dictate your daily plans.
Thus, I have been making a concerted effort to go outside my walls and explore. One of the main reasons for making this voyage to the Northwest was to visit with friends up in this area of the country, check out the local attractions and immerse myself in its culture. Since I will be heading back to the mountains of California for my summer job in the National Forest, I figured it would be a good time to get my dose of live music, tasty foods and other activities that are nonexistent while in the remote areas that I haunt in the summer months. If anyone out there has any good recommendations for exploring the area, please leave a comment for me!