A Passover biking adventure – 08-Apr-2020

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Wednesday, 08-Apr-2020

 

Well, we’re not doing an in-person Seder this year, I’ll tell you that.

Instead, We’re going low-key – Matzos Ball soup and roast chicken for dinner tonight, possibly even with Latkes and asparagus on the side.  Then, this weekend, we’ll do a family Seder via Hangouts (or Zoom, or whatever video conferencing technology the cool kids are using these days.

 

For today, though, I took the day off from work.

The plan for the year involved quite a few major trips – Sarah and I hadn’t gone on any full-week climbing trips last year, so this year was supposed to make up for that.  I’d gotten an extra two weeks of vacation as a benefit, and we were planning on burning those vacation days up in Colorado, Joshua Tree, New Hampshire, and who knows where else.  Friends would visit, we’d visit them, and we’d be all-around jet-setting cool kids.

Instead… COVID-19 hit, the stock market imploded, and we’re under stay-at-home orders when I’m not going into work as an essential employee.

So I took a day off.

And you know what?  It was an amazing decision.

 

The weather seemed to know that today was a day for being outside, and being calm.  No wind, no rain, just beautiful sunlight and clear skies.  I took my bike out from the garage, and went for a long ride down the empty streets.

With the city being under semi-lockdown, there wasn’t traffic, and almost everyone I saw (and it wasn’t very many) was simply sitting.  Some kids were quietly playing, and a lot of people were mowing their lawns… or more accurately, a lot of people had yard workers mowing their lawns for them… but still, the sound of lawnmowers was ubiquitous.

It was gloriously calm and serene, just slowly pedaling around the city.

 

I don’t think have any other words to describe how relaxing it was, so I’ll fill in the details with photos.  Sit back, relax, grab a glass of iced tea, and enjoy.

A walk in Portland – Saturday, 14-Mar-2020

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Saturday, March 14th, 2020

 

Well, the world’s a bit on fire now, isn’t it?

COVID-19, Stock Markets, Price wars over oil, toilet paper being hoarded (Really?), and now to top it all off… it’s snowing in Portland.

Portland doesn’t really do so well with snow on the best of days, and this absolutely isn’t the best of days.  But… maybe it is?  It’s a Saturday, we’re under a state of emergency, everyone’s a bit scared and confused… maybe this is actually the best time for there to be a bit of snow to spice up the winter and help keep everyone indoors?

 

It absolutely seemed to be, as Ollie and I walked around the semi-desolate city. Almost no one was around, and the fresh snow did an amazing job of quieting out the standard noises of the city.  It even added that amazing crisp/fresh smell to the air, laying the smell on top of the hint of spring blossoms that was already there.

It was a lovely walk, especially considering that it was a city hike.  We took the scenic route, as much as we could, down to the waterfront.  Our destination was the cherry trees that I’d been seeing on the drive home from work… they’d been starting to blossom for a week or so, and were pretty much in full bloom as far as I could see.

 

In short – it was a lovely Saturday morning and early afternoon.

Hiking up to Angels Rest, Friday 11-Feb-2020

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Friday, February 11th, 2020

 

Sarah, Ollie and I hiked up to Angel’s Rest, out in the Gorge!

That’s… that’s it.  It was a lovely hike, beautiful weather, and great views.  A good chance to get into nature and escape the city for a little bit.