And then we come to the trees. Tons has been written on the healing power of nature, and I'm not going to go up against Thoreau or Rachel Carson or John Muir. Instead, I can just say that being in trees--away from cars and noise and crowds--shifts something deep inside of me. Walking on the ground is better for the feet and the psyche than walking on hard, unforgiving concrete. A day in the Columbia Gorge is as good as meditation, yoga, a self-improvement workshop or a good session of therapy. Even an hour hike to a waterfall or a ramble around Beacon Rock is enough to drop some worries, feel the stillness inside and outside and remember the Bigness of It All. Standing under 200-foot fir trees is a good way to remind yourself how small and how transitory we really are -- and how whatever it is that is troubling us, that, this too shall pass.