Sheared Bliss


Wagons West

Or, more accurately, Buick West.

Last week NurseK and I drove to Portland, Oregon to visit some of her extended family.  Well, she went to visit her family, I went to keep her company on the drive and do touristy things in Portland since I’d never been before.

We drove through Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho (with a stop for the night in Twin Falls), and Oregon in two days.  To pass the time we read aloud from Notes from a Small Island by Bill Brysonand played the Mormon church game (think punch buggy game, but replace VW Beetles with Mormon churches – bonus points for temples).  We also made a couple of stops along the way.

In Baker City, Oregon we stopped at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.  I would highly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in history.  Very well done museum displays and some really excellent first person living history.  Also, you can see the original wagon ruts from the Oregon Trail.

See that dirt under my feet?  Thats very historic dirt.

See that dirt under my feet? That's very historic dirt.

We also stopped at the very beautiful Multnomah Falls for a quick hike up to the bridge.

After finally arriving at GrandmaK’s house and having a delicious spaghetti dinner and some much needed sleep, we were ready to commence being touristy.

On Monday NurseK, GrandmaK, and I drove to the Oregon coast.

We stopped at Cannon Beach to dip our toes in the water (BRR!) and have a delicious seafood lunch at a waterfront restaurant.

Our other stop for the day was Tillamook where we toured the cheese factory

Mmm . . . cheese . . .

Mmm . . . cheese . . .

Tuesday was our day to tour downtown Portland.  We started with the International Rose Test Garden – it was beautiful and smelled even better than it looked.

Next we toured the Pittock Mansion where I got to thoroughly geek out over all of the antique furnishings and architectural details.

If this shower looks familiar to you, you are officially a Wright Brothers geek.

If this shower looks familiar to you, you are officially a Wright Brothers geek.

 

While we were downtown we also did some of the obligatory Portland touristy things.  We saw Portlandia.

We saw the Rain Man.

Thats Katharine Wright (sister of Orville and Wilbur).  Shes our traveling mascot.

That's Katharine Wright (sister of Orville and Wilbur) with the Rain Man. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of her acquaintance yet, she's our traveling mascot.

 And of course we went to Powell’s Books.  Oh. My. God.  Soooo many books . . . Pardon me while a drool a little bit just thinking about it.  You know you’re in a good book store when they hand you a map when you walk in the door.

That’s it for the first half of the trip, stay tuned for part two!

PS: I almost forgot to mention, Katharine met a friend while we were at the Rose Garden.

Thats Katharine with Wesley the dragon.  See?  Im not the only wacko who takes pictures of a stuffed toy while Im traveling . . .

That's Katharine with Wesley the dragon. See? I'm not the only wacko who takes pictures of a stuffed toy while I'm traveling . . .

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