We met Eric and Debbie from Indigo way back in Mayaguana, Bahamas, and cruised off and on with them since. Now we had the opportunity to visit them at their beautiful home in Hood River. We joined a biker gang, fell in love with the area, and played with all Eric’s toys…
When you first meet Eric from Indigo and listen to his stories, you think this guy is full of baloney. There is no way anyone has experienced, done, and gotten away with all the things he says. But after hanging with him for a while and experiencing some of these things with him, you start to understand that he is just a very special person and the world is his personal playground. This guy is for real. He really did fall overboard while underway in a squall. He did find a canon from the 1600s and sell the coordinates on ebay…
And yes they really do have an Aruba license plate on Debbie’s car in Oregon and get away with it. Maybe he knows he shouldn’t get away with all that he does…
In case you can’t see it, the man in the family is in a jail cell. Haha! Eric has led an amazing life doing exactly what he wanted when he wanted. How many people can claim that? Not me! Anyway, we have become good friends and had the opportunity to visit their beautiful Hood River area home. I wondered how they could stand being part time cruisers spending six months on and six months off the boat. Dave and I go through boat withdrawals after a couple weeks away! However, after seeing where and how they live, I can now understand.
Their house overlooks the river where kiteboarders take advantage of the wave breaks provided by the sand bar. Though Eric no longer kiteboards, he does windsurf and he knows practically everyone out there. Dave longingly watched the kiteboarders, but refrained from renting gear, opting to play with some of Eric’s other toys…
Like the pedal assist mountain bikes. Although Dave thinks they are cheating, he admitted they were quite fun. The best part? I could keep up, even with the steep hills! You can make it as easy or difficult (turbo mode or off) as you want. I chose a middle setting that made me work, but took away the burn that makes me quit. What a fun ride!
Oregon took an obsolete highway and resurrected it by turning it into a bicycle and pedestrian path. The views are stunning and the plants are so green, unlike California or most of the islands we’ve visited (which are mostly desert).
While Dave and Eric played on the electric bikes, Debbie and I walked to the river on another path restricted from motorized vehicles (should that include electric bikes? Don’t know, but Eric was there so they got away with it). We tasted wild blackberries growing along side the path and listened to the sound of the wind blowing through the trees. Just lovely.
We walked across the bridge and down a dirt path to the river. This river was small but there was a lot of water flowing through it. Watching flowing water is like watching a fire in the hearth; it lures me into a trance and makes everything else disappear.
Next, we went for a motorcycle ride. I’ve been telling Dave that if we ever live on land again, we need to get cruising bikes. I don’t think he was convinced. He had a Katana 600 before and it was not comfortable for long distance. After riding on the Honda Shadow, though, I think he may consider it. The Shadow is bigger and heavier than we are used to, but with some back support and seats that scoop you in you can ride until body parts start to go numb from the vibration. Here is a slideshow of pictures from our motorcycle cruise, including the location of “The Shining.”
The ride was beautiful with perfect weather and awesome scenery. We are really started to get it, why they want to be home for 6 months.
They have a house full of toys and it was fun to play with them!
We also walked around the small town of Hood River. We stopped at one of their five breweries and saw this interesting sign. What do you want to do before you die? Hopefully your goals are a little more lofty than these! We are fortunate to be doing what we want to do before we die – travel the world.
We had a wonderful visit. It was so great to see our friends from Indigo, even if it was a little weird seeing them away from boat life. But all good things must come to an end. We had to get back to California to tie up all our loose ends, so we can go back to the boat. We will have one more short road trip, then we fly back to Grenada on July 17th. Livin’ Life’s cruising season #3 should be a good one, since we plan on heading to the western Caribbean — all new territory for us to explore. We can hardly wait!