Indeed, it's been arduous at times. The nights are particularly long as I am a light sleeper who requires near-perfect conditions. I envy those around me who sleep for 10 hours at a time, seemingly without effort. And I've had a few skirmishes with motion sickness, mostly a result of not having enough food in my stomach.
But while the nights can be long, the darkness ominous for the sleepless, the days can be breathtaking, a celebration of the American landscape that can only be appreciated through the panoramic windows of a moving bus. And there has been nothing quite as breathtaking as the drive towards Portland, on Interstate 84, along the Columbia River with the Cascades and Mt. Hood as a backdrop. The "show" started while crossing from Idaho into Oregon, through the Cascade Range and the Blue Mountains. The lush green at the lower altitude gives way to early hints of fall as the tree line creeps up the mountainside. All complimented by the power and splendor of the Columbia River. To date, this leg of my journey has been the most visually stimulating.
Through my good friend Dave, I was introduced to Robert Parrish and his partner, Kitta. They were nice enough to give me room and board for an evening. Robert lived in Cincinnati for 25 years, spending most of that time in video production, either for local TV stations or on a freelance basis. Several years ago, he moved to Portland to be near his adult children and grandchildren. He helped launch the Portland Radio Project, an innovative "community radio" station, run mostly by volunteers who have a passion for radio the way it was meant to be.
Robert also is developing a video podcast of my Journey for the station. He spent several hours interviewing me at various locales around the Portland Greyhound station. I'm grateful to Robert for helping me gain additional exposure for the project.
As we were taping the first segment, one of the local denizens who inhabit the area around the bus station, decided to insert herself into the interview. As any experienced videographer is want to do, Robert kept the camera rolling and captured my exchange with the woman.
Thanks Robert and Kitta for sharing your home and your town.