Sunset on the water

The sun sets over the Columbia River
The sun sets over the Columbia River

We had some mighty hot days here in Portland Oregon not too long ago. I was trying to move from my old house to the new house, in the off hours between work hours. I was tired and sweating.

A friend offered to meet me at the river and that was a great plan. I took a break from packing and was still dressed in shorts and a t-shirt, but when I spotted that water, I just waded right in. J waded in after me and we stood in the water and I unloaded all my worries for about two hours as we watched the sun drop to the horizon.

It was just what the doctor ordered.

Cars zoom past on I-205 between Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. These two cities (and states) straddle the huge Columbia River.
Cars zoom past on I-205 between Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. These two cities (and states) straddle the huge Columbia River.
J directed me to a beach that was west of the I-205 bridge.
J directed me to a beach that was west of the I-205 bridge.
Here, dozens of families unwound and cooled off. You can still see the bridge in the background, as well as my favourite volcano: Mt. St. Helens.
Here, dozens of families unwound and cooled off. You can still see the bridge in the background, as well as my favourite volcano: Mt. Hood.
A few sailboats were out.
A few sailboats were out.
The air was warm. The water was warm. The people were warm - even the talking and laughter were like a blanket around me. In this softness, the copper sun sank into the water.
The air was warm. The water was warm. The people were warm – even the talking and laughter were like a blanket around me. In this softness, the copper sun sank into the water.

17 thoughts on “Sunset on the water

  1. We are heading for another weekend just like that. Maybe you’ll have a return trip. loved the photos. I have yet to see Mt. St. Helens. It’s on the to do list. Hope all went well yesterday.

    1. Oh for heaven’s sakes, Marlene! I got the wrong mountain, ha ha! Thank you so much for mentioning that so I could correct it. It’s Mt. Hood, not St. Helens, and now I have edited my caption. There I was…. calling it my favourite… and I got the wrong mountain. I’m so silly.

      So here’s why that happened: I now live next to Mt. St. Helens, as you know. Did you see it when you were here? I can’t remember how clear it was that day. Access to the National Monument is right there on I-5 across the river from me. I have been thinking about trying to get some volunteer work over there when life settles down a little. Now that I see Mt. St. Helens constantly (and Mt. Rainier often), I was thinking my favourite mountain might shift over time.

      Yes, it’s a scorcher this weekend. Yesterday I worked a 10-hour overtime shift, so I didn’t get to experience much weather. Today I am driving a Jeep-load of teenagers to the Enchanted Forest to celebrate Tara’s 18th birthday! So I’ll get the shady forests of Salem today. 🙂

      1. I hate to bust your bubble there kiddo, but once you own a home, life never settles down. :)))) I’m glad I was able to help unknowingly.
        When is the actual birthday?? You are such a good mom to do that for her birthday. Enjoy the shade. I’ll be thinking of you, 🙂 Tomorrow will be better. Hugs to you both.

      2. sorry for my late response. Tara’s 18th was Sunday.

        Oh, I know you are right that life will never settle down. I have been wishing for a slow life since I was 22 years old, but it just keeps getting faster.

    1. Great to have you here! I have watched the beautiful changes you have made on your own land, and now I am free to do a little landscaping of my own.

      I miss seeing your blog and I can hardly wait till I have a steady routine again and get the chance to visit regularly. Your photos are always stunning and educational.

  2. Beautiful! And it’s always good to have the lend of a friends ears and shoulder for a bit – I’m sure you felt refreshed on many levels! Moving is hard work – but hopefully for you this is it!! Your very own place!! ❤

    1. You are right – it was refreshing on multiple levels. He and I were just having a conversation last night about how we both need to get better at leaning on others when we need to unload the negative stuff.

      Moving is better when it’s into my very own place, that is for sure! Every frustrated frown ends up in a smile when I remember that. 🙂

    1. That must be lovely. I didn’t realize you were that close to the water, but it explains how you are able to go to the beach so often. I lived near the water when we were all in northern California. I could hear the buoys from my back yard, and I loved the sound. Can you hear any from where you are?

      1. Oh, Crystal. You are so right using the word, “healing.”
        Water is how we come into this world and it continually refreshes, quenches and gives us Life. Some churches like their baptism to signify new life.

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