It's been exactly one year since my last visit to Portland and the friendly Hawthorne Hostel. It's been very hot the past few days but it's cooler this morning. the hostel is looking great! There are a couple of new faces behind the counter. Steve, Shawn, Michele and Talbot are here. Blackwell the cat is, too. Being in Portland is such a treat. I always want to travel but usually wind up reveling in the fun town. Have you got any news to share?