As promised, I am posting tonight from the Miami Airport on the first day of my Amizade adventure. Once again I feel such an overwhelming urge to tell all my loved ones that I am so beholden to them for their support in helping me prepare mentally and physically for this event.
Likewise, I feel a special kinship to my blogging friends for encouraging me to write and photograph and to those who are interested in Amizade and plan to someday undertake a similar experience.
As I sat clutching my boarding pass this morning in Portland Airport departure lounge and pondering my fate, I spied the above poster on the wall marketing the Port of Portland. At that moment it reminded me one of the greatest reasons for embarking on an adventure, namely the joy of experiencing something new and keeping life fresh.
Almost prophetically, I am sure I was the only person on that Dallas flight who was heading for Brazil this morning. Crazy enough, the picture shows a ship which has just passed under the Astoria-Megler bridge, a site Tapirgal of Astoria Daily Photo has often photographed and blogged about and yesterday, in a tribute to me, showed an actual ship a few minutes upriver from that spot as a symbol of my journey. I am sure there will be other magical moments over the next months, and I do my best to smile at them. Tonight I will be flying all night and be in Rio in the morning. I am staying at the Astoria Cocacabana for a couple of nights, a hotel on the beach chosen intentionally as a joke by my travel agent. Go figure!