Category Archives: Parties and social gatherings

Not strictly outdoor adventures, but sometimes parties take place outside! Or near a window! Thus: it counts.

My Mom visited Portland in February!

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Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Monday

31-Jan-2020 through 03-Feb-2020

 

My Mom came out to visit!

The weekend started with a perfect sunset – Seriously, this glorious combination of vibrant color and fish-scale clouds, all merging into an iridescent sheen across the sky.  See?  It was so beautiful that I become poetic.  If that doesn’t tell you how good it was… I don’t know what could.

On Saturday, Sarah and I, along with our friends, ran a 5K!

The rest of the trip though, was pretty relaxing.  I believe we did a few short walks around the neighborhood, but… it was mostly just a chance to catch up, relax, and enjoy the quiet company.

Cheese plates and fires included, of course!

Mesmerica 360 at the OMSI!

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Sunday, 24-Nov-2019

 

This has been the year of concerts!

I mean, not really.  We’ve done a lot of other stuff too.  One or two blog posts, a hike, maybe even a climb.  But we also went to more concerts this year than the last few years combined, so that’s got to count for something, right?

Heck yeah!

 

The previous two, Delta Rae and Angels & Airwaves, were amazing.  Mesmerica 360 was… it was.  I don’t know what else to say about it aside from that fact.  It had lights, and colors, and music, so I’m pretty sure that it counts as a concert.

Aside from that, I can’t tell you if it was good or bad.

It was very strange – It was definitely a show that would have benefited from being very high, but it was still enjoyable seeing it sober.  It had a lot of interesting positive affirmations, so I think I’d more compare it to a yoga class where you don’t move?

Guided meditation, that’s what it was.

Okay, there we go.

 

Sarah and I went to an hour and a half long guided meditation at the OMSI planetarium.  It was interesting.  I’d recommend it if you have an evening free.

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

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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.