Angela found out about an elk farm on the way to Portland in the Willamette Valley. Elk farm, you say? We’re there.
We made an appointment with the owner, Brenda, and set out for our tour of the farm. We learned so much about elk farming that I think we might actually be able to start raising them ourselves if the State of Oregon wasn’t already trying to shut them all down.
Brenda is an ‘outlier’ – not among the average. The type of person who lives every day passionately and deliberately succeeds at whatever she pursues. She got into elk farming after seeing a show on the Discovery Channel. This was followed by years of research, persistence, and a lot of luck. Her days now involve taking care of all her beloved animals, schooling her kids at home, and hosting community events on her beautiful farm – a snow-capped Mt. Hood dominating the horizon. We were both envious of the harmonious life she’s created for her family… not to mention all of the elk sausage you can eat.
Speaking of Mt. Hood, my beautiful and intelligent wife has managed to land a gig reviewing hotels. One near Mt. Hood, anyway.
There’s no telling where this will lead, but we’ll start by enjoying the benefits of working with the first client. The primary benefit, of course, is not sleeping in the rain. The other bennies involve regulation croquet courses and sleekly designed rooms with luxury baths.
Seriously, this change of pace is greatly appreciated. If you’ve ever been on a long trip and wanted a vacation from your vacation, you know what I’m talking about. Anyway, we’re sticking around Mt. Hood for a few days.
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
– Benjamin Franklin