If you took it literally, however, then you are also correct, and I will not proceed to call you a sucker like I would if it wasn't meant to be taken literally.
This past July 18th-19th, I spent a significant amount of time with two outbounds, Hailey (to Ecuador) and Katie (to Taiwan) at the coast to celebrate Hailey's birthday. While I'm not going to outline every single thing we did, I will say that it was an eye-opening trip. (And I mean that figuratively. So if you took that literally, hah, sucker!)
On this lovely outing, I did things I did not initially imagine myself doing. For instance, I had always viewed the Pacific Ocean of the Oregon Coast as a pathetic excuse of an "ocean" (growing up knowing the other side of it in the tropical beaches of the Philippines). The ocean I used to visit all the time was warm, calm, and very colorful with all sorts of coral and fish life. Over here, it was always cold and windy, and you couldn't swim in it.
...or so I thought.
|Those waves were totally afraid of us.|
Something else we did was go on this hike with no trail but a small river that we followed, hoping to find a waterfall at the end. I don't consider myself an outdoorsy person, but the journey there, however muddy and foliage-covered, was worth the destination.
|Hailey and Katie, at the waterfall just beyond Indian Beach.|
Now I just have something miscellaneous to share that I won't bother trying to connect to my exchange, but it's a cool piece of information nonetheless. On a beach by Fort Stevens that we visited is a shipwreck. Because tangible history like that interests me, I looked it up later today. The ship is called the Peter Iredale, and it ran aground on October 25, 1906 en route to the Columbia River. Hey guess what. OCTOBER 25 IS MY BIRTHDAY! HUZZAH! I found it pretty cool when I read about it.
|All that remains of the abandoned ship.|
|Me within the wreck.|
So yeah, that ship died 89 years before I was born, to the day.
Speaking of days, I have less than 40 before I leave.
Here's a final word, just to describe everything so far, that I found myself using quite often on this beach adventure.
|TTFN, Ta-ta for now!|