Regena Rafelson was born and raised in the Columbia River Gorge, where she still lives with her 90-year-old father, a whippet named Belle and a black Manx named Patrick. Fifty pounds ago, Regena summited most of the Cascade volcanoes and was an avid backpacker, telemark skier, and mountain biker. Now she is content to hike the Gorge – where all the trails go up – one slow step at a time.
Regena’s tea journey began almost fifteen years ago after a diagnosis of heart disease. She loves oolong and black tea. During the last several years of her career as a high school English teacher, she served whole leaf tea in her literature classes every Tuesday. Still in contact with many of her former students, ALL remember Tea Tuesdays; few remember “The Crucible.” There is a lesson there.