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Winter feels like it has gone on for so long. Last year, this season was so much more mild, and by late February, the saucer magnolias and other trees and plants were in bloom all over. The cold and rain has kept us indoors much more than we’d like. The weekend before Michael’s visit, we did get out to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, one of my very favorite places in the Portland area. This time, we also checked out the visitor center at the dam, which was pretty neat.

Then Michael got here, and we did a lot! We mostly ate a lot of food, drank a lot of beer, played a lot of board games, and talked a lot about Stephen King books and movies. We went to Astoria, saw the dead sperm whale on the beach at Fort Stevens, went for the rainiest hike ever in Forest Park (where we saw a coyote!), and spent a long time at Powell’s. Michael is the best houseguest ever (and probably our best and most “equal” mutual friend) and it was wonderful to show him around Portland.

Tomorrow I go to Kentucky to spend five days learning about one of the things I care about most, while also getting to goof off with my best friend in the world. I sure will miss my Boh, though.