No more highways!

In Eugene we were hosted by another friend and his sister next door who teaches about sustainable agriculture at the university. She and Axel visited the lands and came back with a bounty which we ate. At dinner Faro had his before last melt down and it was time to go home. The length of our trip, which seemed short at first, turned out to be 2 days too long for our four year old. We should have known when Faro started to protest when he heard the word ‘highway.’

But before we got on our planes we split up three-ways. I went ahead to Portland with my fellow grandma. We overnighted on the outskirts of Portland in a lovely AirBNB. An enormous redwood rose at least a hundred feet right through the deck, a statement of the tree that it was there long before the deck and of the owners that they accepted that fact.

I dropped grandma off at the airport and visited a young colleague who had recently followed her husband to Portland, sadly leaving MSH. For lunch I joined another colleague, of Dutch stock, who retired from MSH several years ago. We caught up in a fluid mixture of English and Dutch.

Sita and Jim did their last sightseeing and nature walking on their way to Portland and Axel had lunch with the daughter of a dear friend from where he bussed to Portland. We met up at a fountain made for kids to Faro’s great delight – maybe it was the highlight of his trip – no more highways!

He had his last meltdown, regrettably, over a spectacular sushi dinner. I had booked a hotel room to serve as a pied a terre before we would all head out to the airport for our respective red eye flights. But Sita and Jim got delayed by another hour every hour until it was time to rebook for the next day. Delta was on time and took us quickly home via Detroit.

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