I decided that I needed to go visit, so I invited myself, and working around school and work schedules we squeezed in a one-night/one-day visit.
We talked late into the night, slept in, and then kayaked (or floated) on the Columbia River.
I was told that I took the "long way" getting there, but the drive there and back was gorgeous. I went through fields, forest, valley and desert. It was the first time I had ever seen hops growing around a corn field. You won't find that in Illinois!
A quick trip to connect face-to-face was well worth the 10 hours of driving!