I will be the first to admit I was very lucky when I was growing up. I was raised in the foothills of Mt Hood, in the Mt Hood National Forest. This tangle of forest was my backyard. I visit this area as often as possible to revitalize and find myself. The bold, natural colors, the sounds of the water, breeze and birds, and the damp, earthy smells bring me back instantly and remind me that I am proud of who I am and where I have come from.