Place impacts people in a deep way. It creates culture, which explains why I am forever fascinated with the things that make up place—things like geography, local customs, food and beverage, music, art and so on.
Here’s a run down of the places (other than home) where I was fortunate to spend at least one night in 2014:
- Seattle, WA (3 visits)
- Bend, OR (2 visits)
- Marco Island, FL (2 visits)
- Las Vegas, NV
- Hurricane, UT
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Prosser, WA
- Cannon Beach, OR
- Smithtown, NY
Utah in July was a highlight. We said goodbye to our beloved friend David Keller in a series of ceremonies, in Rockville and Salt Lake City. It wasn’t easy, but I was grateful to be part of these gatherings and honored to help celebrate my friend and lift up his stories and his teachings to the community.
Cannon Beach in September was another special moment in time (and place!). My mom flew in from the west coast of Florida for a west coast beach vacation. Interestingly, one of the things I love about Cannon Beach is how reminiscent it is of New England beach towns like Edgartown, Mass. I can’t write about Cannon without recommending the best restaurant we’ve ever visited in our six plus years in Oregon. Newman’s at 988. Please consider me your own personal Zagat on this one.
Visiting our parents in New York and Florida was also a total treat. As were our multiple visits to Seattle. Ultimately, people are the draw and people are shaped by place. It’s all wrapped up in one. We endure the long flights and the traffic to see the people we love. We are fortunate to love great people (who just so happen to live in amazing places).