As I live in Minnesota, it might surprise you to learn that I love to surf. As I’m not into the hardcore drysuit surfing amidst chucks of ice on Lake Superior’s North Shore I don’t get much time on the waves here, but I love to travel to surf spots that are good for beginners like me. I say “good for beginners” as there are a lot of great surf spots that are either too challenging for me, or the spot is local-controlled. The last thing I want on a surfing vacation is to get yelled at or beat up for surfing the wrong break or for accidentally cutting off someone I didn’t see, or to not be able to get a wave because I’m not high enough in the pecking order.
Because of this, I was thrilled to read Elissa Pfost’s article Thrown in the latest Patagonia catalog. I won’t tell you too much about it (as you should read it yourself), but I will say it makes me even more interested in traveling to and possibly living in Portland, OR. I’ve been fascinated with Portland for a while now because the city is very environmentally conscious and has a large biking community, has a reputation for being very laid back and has all the beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Now I have one more reason to check out Oregon. Thanks Elissa!