Ask anybody who knows her. Teri is an entirely different person within sight or smell of the beach. She absolutely, positively loves the rugged beauty and power of the Oregon coast. On our first trip together, Valentine's 2009, she caught her first glimpse of the ocean and was instantly energized. It was a phenomenon to behold.
Right away, Teri needed to get a fresh crab fix. She urgently needed to walk on a beach. Visit a lighthouse. Look for whales. Take enough pictures to fill the Tillamook Cheese factory.
We engaged in a potlatch of gifts that weekend. It's an old Native American tradition where each person tries to outgive the next. The more you give, the better you feel. Among other gifts, Teri gave me the blog classic, "The Daily Coyote," a book written about a young photographer raising a coyote from puphood in northwestern Wyoming, where coyotes are not exactly held in high esteem.
That weekend helped our love grow up to a stronger level, like that of the Pacific, the world's largest ocean.