As a teacher, it is always so rewarding (and fun) to see students having an Ah ha moment … suddenly understanding a technique that was previously a challenge for them. Well, that is exactly what happened with Stephannie Johnston when we stopped off to see her in the Dalles, Oregon on our August PcT Roadtrip. She finally discovered how to roll a swirly lentil bead… so that they no longer turned out all wonky.
When Stephanie met up with us in the RV, it was mid afternoon on a hot day. We had woken up very early that morning, starting out from Spokane, WA with plans to hit Portland, Oregon by early evening. Those who have been following along will know that we had visited Carlee Nave earlier in the day (back in Pasco), before having to drive several more hours to rendezvous with Stephanie.
We had pre-discussed meeting up with Stephanie at a large Rite-Aid parking lot, and it was agreed for us to call her when we arrived. Thankfully there was a spot where Doug was able to pull the trailer along side of some nice shade trees that did a fine job of keeping the trailer (and us) protected from the hot sun.
Even though the visit was pretty short, it was really fun! Stephanie is such an incredible woman to spend time with. She is just so warm, friendly and excited about learning polymer clay. It was heart warming to get the chance to teach her something while we were there.
I don’t often get the chance to be live in person when someone is learning one of my tutorials. So just being there, across from Stephanie’s excited hands as she saw that swirl develop in her lentil bead, was priceless! See for yourself…
Below is a slide show of some photos taken in Spokane and then at points along our journey heading towards Portland, Oregon. From our family to yours…
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