We quickly made the maximum use of the internet while we were having dinner at the Steamboat cafe, contacting our loved ones informing them we reached safely after a long drive. For someone who is a bit selective about the food, I didn't eat much there, but we were well prepared. We got a bag full of snacks, fruits, noodles, parathas from home and board games. Our cottage was less than a mile from the cafe. It was pitch dark, cold and raining. We entered our hideaway cottage which was cozy and perfect with a fireplace in the living room which we never used, mini-kitchen, sleeping loft, one bedroom and bath with the sunroof. We started to cook the noodles and to learn about the game "Ticket to Ride."
Suddenly, a tall guy wearing a hoodie started knocking the main door. I was astonished to see my friends there from Hillsboro. Sometimes unexpected things in life provide more joy, I felt. As mentioned we had no phone network and internet access. None of us were distracted by phones, TV, etc. We were enjoying every moment with each other learning about the game and coming up with strategies to win. After all, every one of us wants to be a winner, I guess. :)
The next morning I looked outside the window, and it was pure bliss. It was quiet, green and could smell the fresh air. The cottage was in a wooded setting, and we started heading towards Watson Falls. Watson Fall is a 272-foot waterfall on Watson Creek in Douglas County, Oregon at an elevation of 3,353 feet.
...to be continued