July 4th, 2001 (12:55 am)
current mood: happy
current song: BSB "Black and Blue" -- all of it!
I don't even know where to start! But I guess I'll just skip over a bunch and go back and do it later (hopefully!) -- and discuss today while it's still fresh in my mind...
My friend Leo and I drove up the Gorge today (specifically, the Columbia River Gorge -- on the Oregon side). Leo loves to drive, so I let him do the driving.
He started off suggesting some tunes, and naturally we ended up playing BSB's "Black and Blue" (which we both love!). I could hardly stop staring over at him. He's the most handsome and just... interesting looking man! I guess it's partly the ethnicity (he's this fascinating mix of African American, Hispanic, American Indian and I can't recall all whatelse right now)... He's got this wonderful warm copper skin and deep brown eyes and thick, dark hair cut just so around his face.
Of course, he's pretty meticulous about his appearance! But he didn't spend all that long getting ready this morning -- and wore these very SHORT jeans shorts and an orange/deep orange striped tank top. In fact, I gave him my orange bead bracelet to wear with it, and it's such a perfect match I told him to keep it...
I was in shorts and a black tank with my silk shirt over. Feeling much more spiffy than normal. And we were both in sandals -- but we took along our tennis shoes and socks, 'just in case' we might want to get out and walk somewhere...
So we drove up 'til we got to Multnomah Falls. Here's the 'official' description of the Falls (LOL):
Plummeting 620 feet from its origins on
Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls is the
second highest year-round waterfall in the
nation. Here, all your senses will come
alive as you experience the sights and
sounds of these magnificent falls.
At the base of the falls lays historic
Multnomah Falls Lodge. Built in 1925
the lodge provides fine northwest cuisine
with a panoramic view from your table.
Actually, until 1995, it was the highest water falls in the nation. Then a huge boulder fell from somewhere and changed it slightly. Anyway...
He wanted to stop, and I was all for that. Told him it's the number one tourist attraction in Oregon (yeah, I know so much shit like that!), and that it would be full of people -- which it was, of course.
We pulled off and used the underground tunnel (which runs under the highway) to go over to the lodge. Then we headed up to the Falls. We decided to climb up to the bridge -- and I actually slipped on part of the trail and half-way lost my footing! And I've been up there lots and lots of times. But I had this 'distraction' bouncing up and down in front of my face --- which I mentioned to him! LOL.
We got to the bridge, and just decided to go for it and head up for the top of the falls. It's a mile up the trail -- and a steep hike! LOL. But we just kept plugging away. I'd brought along a backpack and had gatorade (thank God!) inside. Anyway, it was a nice hike -- and we chatted most of the way (when I wasn't huffing and puffing!).
He's in better shape than I am -- but I'm pretty good! It was pretty close today (humid), and we were in a sweat -- but it was so much fun! And after we (finally!) made it to that platform at the top, we headed on down still 'visiting' and getting to know each other better. Such fun!
Then we drove on past Hood River and to The Dalles, as I'd mentioned The Discover Center to him, and we decided we'd like to check it out together.
Right after we got inside we found ourselves just in time to watch a movie about the Missoula River Flood that was FASCINATING!!! It was info neither of us had encountered previously, so we were pretty caught up in it. (Wish I could just have a copy of it to share at school somehow. It was really interesting about the formation of the Gorge and the Scablands the Willamette Valley and so on. Really good shit...
Leo loved the fact that things were so 'hands on' here! He had to put on the rubber apron the fisheries use to use and stand on the windsurf (they used a camera to put YOU into a lifesize photo on the windsurf -- pretty cool!). And we climbed inside the old-time auto (me driving and him in back) -- even though it was hard getting those doors open and squeezing behind the wheel!
It was VERY hot outside while we were here... but we walked around the paths outside and talked more. We were pretty... well, we were very into each other. And discussed him maybe staying on here with me longer! (I sure hope he does!) He has another two weeks until his tennis camp -- and I'd love him to spend those with me. Love it.
We actually got food at McDonalds after that -- chicken McNuggets and those little apple pie things -- which Leo admitted he loves. Told me he sometimes gets them on the way to school and eats them for breakfast! In fact, we got four, and saved two so we could eat them for breakfast tomorrow.
We just talked and talked on the drive home! He told me more about his family -- interesting stuff. His Dad sounds 'formidable.' I can't relate, as I never knew my own Dad, and Grandpa died when I was little -- and there were no uncles and so on. I've never really had a man in my life in that way. And it sounds like Leo's Dad has had an enormous effect on his life. Very interesting man!
Leo told me so many stories. Like when he graduated from high school. His dad takes him outside and there's a BMW. And his Dad hands him the keys and then starts in this thing where he shows Leo the sticker and how much the car costs (like $30,000) -- and that many people never even make that much money in a year. And that if he goes on to teach school, he won't make that much money like for years. And then what you could buy with that much money. And on and on. He wants his son to have things -- but not to take them for granted. And I think that's very cool.
Leo said that he's actually done farm work in the fields and picked berries and all sorts of things. And I hadn't expected that. But his parents worked hard to get where they are, and they want him to understand the benefits of hard work. Very cool shit.
But I guess they were very unhappy (especially his Dad!) that Leo wasn't going to be home for the Fourth. It's a big family day for them. I think it's cool that he stood up to them and came to see me anyway...
Of course, they don't know I'm an on line friend. They know I'm a teacher-friend, but not that we met on line. They're pretty conservative. They also don't know that Leo came here really caring about me -- and knowing we might be close. (Sexual, I mean.) But Leo did say his Dad was a smart man -- and not unaware of Leo's interest in other men.
Of course, Leo and I discussed our feelings about our individual sexual identities, too. Turns out we both really like being with women -- and also like to be with men. So I guess we're officially bisexual and happy that way. Leo feels monogamy is a difficult concept -- and I agree with him...
On the way home we stopped at the store for kitty litter for the cats (I swear they're growing on Leo -- but he's still doubtful) and then got Coke Slurppies for us! LOL.
Anyway, it's late, we're both beat and hope to shower off and head to bed (together!)... We have a big day tomorrow -- over at Mistress Marilyn's and Charlie's house (with FatJoey) for the Fourth of July! We're both excited about it.
I think Leo is so perfect. More so than I could have ever even imagined... This is such a great time in my life!
I'm going to stop babbling now...