This young feller was my walking companion yesterday as I crossed the 3000-mile mark on a short stretch of the Springwater Corridor Trail. In case you're wondering, that crab squeaks when you squeeze it.
I received many emails from people in the Portland metro area offering me places to stay as I passed through, so I decided to line up four nights with different hosts on a leisurely stroll across town.
I spent last night with this lovely family. Emma took charge right away, helping me unpack, showing me around, and keeping me company while I got situated in the guest room. After dinner she brought out a special dessert for the occasion: mini-cupcakes (brightly colored!). Michele, Dan, and I stayed up talking for a while after Emma retired for the evening. It was a really nice, relaxing way to end the day.
From left to right: Michele, Emma, Leya, Dan