Bill and Greta visiting – Kelly Point, Mazamas, and Portland’s Rhododendron garden!

Standard

Friday, 18-October-2019

 

Sarah’s Mom and Dad came to visit!  If you think Sarah and I have been having a busy year… well, you’d be right.  But Her Mom and Dad haven’t had a boring year either, so when they had a chance to escape up to Portland after a business trip, all of us were really excited to get to visit, catch up, and have a nice weekend of downtime and relaxing.

We had a few adventures scheduled up, but we mostly left room for us to explore and spent time together – Video calls are great, and I am extremely thankful to be living in the future where we can video call literally anywhere in the world without even noticing a delay, but in-person visits are still the ideal.

 

So we walked, explored, took them to some of our favorite restaurants, and explored somewhere we’d never been before – The Rhododendron garden!

First up was Kelly Point park – it’s a lovely walk, and a great way to tire Ollie out a bit to keep the crazy down to almost-sane levels.  It was excellent as always, and we even got to see some cool mushrooms!  Not otters or eagles this time, but it was still fun scanning the surf for them.

Then, we stopped by Sarah’s old workspace at the Mazamas – The Mazamas Mountaineering Center is where she’d been teaching kids to climb this summer, and so she got a chance to show off the walls and the Mazamas library.  I… may have… possibly… gotten a little distracted exploring the library.  I admit to everything, and it was awesome.

After the MMC, we headed to the Rhododendron garden.  We hadn’t been there before, but Sarah had heard amazing things about it, and it sounded like an excellent place to explore.  It was raining, as it so often does in Portland, but honestly I think that made the garden even more beautiful.  The rain on the leaves, and the petals on the flowers… it was lovely.

 

 

Delta Rae in Portland – 16-Oct-2019

Standard

Wednesday, 16-October-2019

Sarah and I don’t really go out that much, but this was our second concert in as many weeks.  I’m pretty sure that we deserve a medal, or at least a minor commendation, for that level of non-hermitude… right?

Anyways, we had a blast at Angels and Airwaves.  We’d already bought Delta Rae tickets a while back, but having just had such a good time at another concert doubled us down for this one – We both love Delta Rae, and the last time we saw them in concert was glorious, so we were psyched for this one.

 

The venue?

The Douglas Fir Lounge – upstairs it’s a very 70s-ish lounge.  Walking to the bathroom there, I expected to see disco balls, bell bottom pants, and a lounge lizard or two.  Maybe afros?

But downstairs, it was awesome.  A small enclosed space with great acoustics, log-cabin style walls, and high ceilings… but most importantly it only held maybe 200 people, and probably less.  Sarah and I were second-row, standing room only, getting to rock out nearly on stage with the band.  Not a bad setup, not at all.

 

The show itself was amazing – Like Angels and Airwaves, Delta Rae knows how to put on a show.  But unlike Tom’s “unique” stage presence, Delta Rae led a perfectly coordinated dance of a concert.  They’re clearly all artists who take their stage presence extremely seriously, and put a huge amount of work into creating a specific vibe and ambiance.  Everything was intentional, perfectly balanced, and exactly on time.  It was amazing – like a perfect dance.

We had a great time.  Enjoy the pictures! We even commandeered a set list off the stage after the concert was over!

Hiking Herman Creek with our friend!

Standard

Sunday, 22-Sept-2019

 

 

It’s been a while since we’ve hiked in the Gorge, hasn’t it?  I mean… it’s been a really long time – long enough that driving out past the dog park was definitely an interesting experience, and absolutely a fun adventure!

That’s just for me, though… our friend Charlie hadn’t been hiking in the gorge for, as best as he could remember, nearly 15 years!

 

Needless to say, we were all excited.  Ollie most of all, obviously, but Charlie next, and then Sarah and I nearly as excited as he was.  I mean, we hadn’t been hiking with Charlie in ages – and good friend hikes are pretty critical to one’s continued positive mental state.  A newly re-growing Columbia River Gorge absolutely fits that bill, if I do say to myself.

Honestly, there’s not much to say aside from that.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy the photos!