lost lake

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In search of soli­tude

I ar­rived in Port­land on Jan­uary 1st. The very first time I came to this place -the very first time that I ever trav­elled out­side of Hawaii to surf- was 10 years ago, July 1st. I've been vis­it­ing Ore­gon al­most ev­ery year since and over those years, I've made play­ful lit­tle ex­pe­di­tions up and down the Pa­cific Coast High­way, al­ways with good peo­ple and mostly with de­cent surf. How­ever, I've con­sis­tently had Ore­go­ni­ans tell me to visit the coast dur­ing the colder months. It is said that the broad and sweep­ing "Cal­i­for­nia Cur­rent" brings icy wa­ters down from Canada dur­ing the Sum­mer, but slows in the con­gealed throws of Win­ter time, mak­ing it more ideal to surf in Jan­uary than July. How­ever, I've of­ten dis­re­garded the ad­vice of oth­ers in favour of de­ci­sive ig­no­rance, as most stub­born-headed fools of­ten do. And like most fools, I can­not be told, if I don't feel like lis­ten­ing. But I'm get­ting bet­ter. And while a lot of peo­ple were telling me to go on this trip for a long time, I'm glad I went when I did. When I had al­ready a few Sum­mers on this wood­land coast. Time to make mem­o­ries in this place, to have walked these trails on a num­ber of very spe­cial and per­sonal ad­ven­tures. Time enough to now no­tice the change in the wind, the hob­bled limbs of de­pressed pines, and the shaky breath of lin­ger­ing fog and short­ened days. The still­ness of the woods where an­i­mals elected to sleep for a

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