Regena Rafelson is a retired teacher living in the Columbia River Gorge. An avid hiker, she loves to experiment with water taken from local streams and waterfalls and using it to make tea (after bringing to a boil, of course.) So far, Buck Creek, Wahkeena Springs, and Oneonta Creek yield the best brew. Regena's tea journey began in 2006 with a frightening diagnosis of heart disease.
Still kicking, she alternates hiking with flower and vegetable gardening, reading, tutoring in writing and maths, and guest teaching. In the past year she has become a political activist, spreading the progressive agenda. She continues to be amazed by the resilience and brilliance of young people and hopes to join their movement, one cup of tea at a time.