For the last three days, I've been up on Mt Hood on the Sandy River at a lovely rental house with three good friends. We talked and laughed and wrote and spent a lot of time, by mutual consent, in silence. The weather was near perfect and even though the winter has been a pretty dry one, enough water was flowing to thrill us with steady river sound.
This morning, I spent all my time on the deck, writing and reading. It was almost too cold but I so wanted more of that beauty to soak in before I came home to the city. After a while, Pam and Eileen joined me and we talked about what a lovely time we'd had. And Eileen said that her heart felt stretched by the beauty of the place. I love that image.