Winning one cross country state title is amazing. Winning a second in a row, with a target on your back, is a great accomplishment. The pressure continues to grow. Oregon is a big state, and there is a lot of competition.
The romantic idea of a princess finding her prince and living happily ever after has been ingrained in little girls for centuries. Just the mention of the word castle ignites that dream in the little girl inside many of us. Taking a river cruise where we would see a castle around every bend sounded like a most romantic voyage.