Monday, December 3, 2012


A few weeks ago, Ethel and I escaped to Portland for a weekend visiting our peeps there and enjoying a momentary change of scenery.  It seems that we've been heading there about once a year; it's a city we enjoy visiting and our friends there are awesome people (awwwwwwww).  Our visits usually coincide with Southwest fare sales; this time we had the distinctive luxury of planning our getaway while on vacation in Europe.  Southwest's site was SOOOO slow from our cafe internet connection in the Dolomites. :)

Sunset (I don't care if you get sick of these; I'm a sucker for being glued to airplane windows)

We rarely have an agenda in Portland; we're interested in coffee and food and whatever else is of immediate interest.  This trip featured some fall colors, so that prompted various explorations around Chase and Lauren's neighborhood.

Drab and bright

Mighty pink


Local growth

One of our lazy days, we pushed east into the Columbia River Gorge and hiked along Eagle Creek to a variety of waterfalls.  Even though it rained continuously, that's no reason to have a bad time.  Also, makes me grateful for waterproof camera gear.

Autumn approaches

At Punchbowl Falls

Damp growth

Metlako Falls churns in the distance

Diffuse light bathes the leaves

Murphy's new boyfriend; goddamn treehuggers


The hike was capped off by a trip across the river into Washington (White Salmon, specifically) for tasty nibbles and microbrews, neither of which are in short supply in the Pacific Northwest.
Our other pursuits included visiting Jon and Willi at Perch to drool over comfortable couches, going to a vintage-Halloween-themed acrobatics show, eating ourselves silly at food trucks, exploring dodgy parts of town via running shoes, and eating the best sushi of my life at Bamboo.  Not to pontificate, but wow.  While Reno's sushi represents a nice intersection of the quality and price curves, making a near-unbeatable value proposition, it's gonna be tough to forget what we savored at Bamboo.

Olive acts alert in between naps

Good times.  In other news, I got back from Stockholm late last night; the week was a total whirlwind of business, nonexistent daylight, and expensive everything, but it was awesome nonetheless.  I oughta be caught up to that point in my photos sometime in the next few months...


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