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Calm Before the Storm

Transition in Oregon before the adventure begins

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After three and a half amazing years in Yosemite, last Tuesday, Delaney and I drove away from our little cabin in Foresta to head up to Oregon. The last few days have been spent unpacking our vehicles, celebrating friend's birthdays, hiking, packing, organizing, and spending time with family. Yesterday we went on a fabulous exploration of the Klikitat River and a view point above the Columbia. I'm going to remember this view when we are traveling. It will be the place I am looking forward to making a life in when we return. Another gorgeous mountain range just as spectacular as the Sierras and the Andes. The Earth is good to us.

We leave in about 48 hours for Santiago. We'll spend about 30 hours in airports before we arrive. But, we'll be greeted by the Chilean Sharps who we'll spend the week with. Then, on the 18th we are taking a flight down to Punta Arenas. From there we will launch our adventure north on land back to Santiago. Its about 2000 miles, almost the same distance between San Diego and Juneau Alaska. We hope to stop for a hike in Parque National Tores del Paine soon after we arrive in Punta Arenas.

Here we go!

Posted by Delaney..Jennie 11:14 Archived in USA

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Have a wonderful time. Looking forward to your blog

by Jane Primrose

Yes! See you down here soon, best of luck with travels!

by Jonathan Byers

travel safe!!! we will be thinking of you. From the California Cousins

by Dell

Jennie and Delaney,
We are so excited to take this trip with you! The photo of Mt. Hood is amazing... did you take it? May I have permission to print? You are both in our thoughts every day and we will pray for your safety each step of your journey.

Here's a poem to start you on your journey:

We Two, How Long We Were Fool'd
By Walt Whitman
1819-1892
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We two, how long we were fool'd,
Now transmuted, we swiftly escape as Nature escapes,
We are Nature, long have we been absent, but now we return,
We become plants, trunks, foliage, roots, bark,
We are bedded in the ground, we are rocks,
We are oaks, we grow in the openings side by side,
We browse, we are two among the wild herds spontaneous as any,
We are two fishes swimming in the sea together,
We are what locust blossoms are, we drop scent around lanes mornings and evenings,
We are also the coarse smut of beasts, vegetables, minerals,
We are two predatory hawks, we soar above and look down,
We are two resplendent suns, we it is who balance ourselves orbic and stellar, we are as two comets,
We prowl fang'd and four-footed in the woods, we spring on prey,
We are two clouds forenoons and afternoons driving overhead,
We are seas mingling, we are two of those cheerful waves rolling over each other and interwetting each other,
We are what the atmosphere is, transparent, receptive, pervious, impervious,
We are snow, rain, cold, darkness, we are each product and influence of the globe,
We have circled and circled till we have arrived home again, we two,
We have voided all but freedom and all but our own joy.

Safe Journeys... Carry our love with you! Mimi

by Mimi and Gary

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