From the farmers’ market to the waterfront to flying balsa wood airplanes off the top of the Astor Column, we spent the whole day playing. One of my best friends, Algin, and his partner Megan drove over from Salem for the afternoon, as well. I loved this day. It was simple and fun and full of some of my favorite people. I had expected to feel nervous or possibly restless, but I didn’t.
Later that night, I laid out all of my gear on Josh’s living room floor. After careful consideration, I culled a few items. My apologies to the good people of Oregon—deodorant was one of them. Jordan cut off the handle of my toothbrush for me with one of Josh’s saws. I would feel grateful to him every time I brushed my teeth on the trip.