I officially met them both at Lindsey’s PCT art exhibition at The Lizard Lounge.It was amazing to see all of Lindsey’s work in real life after following her for months.“She told me, she’s doing fine, she’s become very independent, wasn’t really looking for anyone,” said Johnson, 72.She hiked with her friends, did yoga and played bridge.Not just from the artwork, but from their adorable, quirky and fun personalities depicted through their photographs.I was star struck when I found out they lived in Portland and that we had mutual friends.Both he and she gave me a high-five as they sat down at a nearby table.My date, who is “from away,” was mystified to hear that the guy was a recent ex-boyfriend of mine and the girl was the one he dated directly after me.
Lindsey would not only paint scenery, every 100 miles, she would create a trail marker that included the mile number along with it’s matching scenery.
This seemed to bring out a flood of inner fears and insecurities about dating in a small city, and these feelings are legitimate, but worth getting past.
As anyone who has lived in a large city before moving to Portland knows, there is an anonymity to dating that allows you to go on dozens of first dates in a week, date more than one person at a time, or abruptly end a relationship. I have (after many years of complaining about these things) learned to embrace the quirks of dating in the awkwardness that is our little city.
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When I decided in June of 2016 that I was going to take on the PCT, I obsessively started following current hikers on Instagram.
Through comments and hashtags, I came across @thefalingfox: a creative Instagram where artist Lindsey Fox painted and crafted beautiful textile watercolors of the Pacific Crest Trail.
(womp womp) But there is hope, and it comes in the form of tough love.
Unless your new lover has been celibate or they just moved here from Brooklyn (you lucky SOB) they have almost certainly dated someone you know, you know OF, your friends know, or your ex knows.
He didn’t know she’d lost her husband to lung failure six years earlier – or that she’d be the one his wife was talking about.
As they caught up over coffee, he casually asked if she ever thought about getting married again.