Tom and Kim stopped in for a few days on their west coast driving tour, which was very cool. On Saturday, Nancy and I showed them what our typical Saturday looks like, with a trip downtown to the farmers market, and then poking around downtown for the afternoon. The word of the day was “multi-modal”: we biked, rode the streetcar, took the aerial tram, rode the bus, and did plenty of walking. (No car, though. :-)
Here we are with Tom and Kim on the aerial tram. Be brave, Tom!
Our Seattle friends Brian and Mary are very active outdoorsy people, and we’d been talking with them now and then about snowshoeing. Nancy and I finally decided to go try it and when we mentioned it to them in email, by pure coincidence Tom and Chan were visiting them in Seattle, and they all jumped at the chance to come down and join us!. And as a special bonus, we corralled Jen to come with us too :-). So we drove up to Timberline Lodge, rented our snow shoes, and headed out on the trails.
Nancy, Mary, and Brian:
Looking up to the summit of Mount Hood:
Mary, Nancy, Brian, and Tom:
I definitely like snowshoeing better than skiiing. As Jen put it so well: “It’s just like skiing but without the fear!” :-)
Taking a rest break. Tom, Chan, Jen, and Nancy:
Brian found his own way to rest, and look out at Mount Jefferson to the south:
A close-up of Nancy’s show shoes:
Mary, Nancy, Chan, Jen, and Tom:
Nancy and Chan:
And the best part is, once you’ve hiked downhill the whole trail, you can just ride the ski lift back up to the lodge! I’m thinking we’ll be doing more snowshoeing next winter :-).
Chan was up in Seattle visiting Mary and Brian, and all three drove down to Portland for the day. We started with a hike around Timberline Lodge up on Mount Hood.
The sign is the high point on Mount Hood of the Pacific Crest Trail, which extends all the way from Mexico to Canada. The sign says it’s 550 miles to the Canadian border and 2108 miles to Mexico, but the couple of miles we hiked were enough for me! :-)
Fall colors come in odd places up at the tree line!
Looking up to the summit – it won’t be long before this spot is 10 feet deep in snow.
Back in town, we visited the Rose Garden.
I didn’t get a lot of pictures, but we had some fun out-of-town visitors: RV adventurers Anne, Edwin, Ian (not pictured, sorry!) and new puppy Justice.
(I did get plenty of pictures during their previous visit!)
Before they flew back to the midwest, Chris & Rie and Jas & Ian came back down to Portland to have a chance to play with the puppies.
Ian with Maggie, and Jas with Hank:
OK, just for a sec let’s set the wayback machine to Summer 2000, when Jasmine first met Hank and Maggie:
Back to the present, Maggie loves her daddy :-)
Nancy’s mom Neva flew in from Iowa last week ahead of Nancy’s surgery. This was Neva’s first visit to Portland and we had one day to spend with her before the surgery, so we took her to our favorite place: the Japanese garden. We’ve visited the garden before, but never in autumn, and it was even more beautiful.
Japanese gardens are very carefully designed, including “training” trees to grow into intended shapes using bamboo braces tied to tree limbs. But sometimes I think they become part of the art itself, like this little tree that seems to be playing the flute :-).
The visit also let Neva finally meet her “grandkids” Hank, Maggie, and Willow.
The surgery itself went very well, and Nancy has nothing but praise for the friendly and skilled medical staff. It was so great for both Nancy and me to have Neva here during Nancy’s surgery and the first weekend of her recovery. Thanks, Neva, we love you!
Thanks too, to all the friends and family who sent their best wishes :-)
Our latest visitors: Nancy’s cousin Val, her sculptor/photographer husband Marc, and their two 2-year-olds Isaac and Eli. We spent a fun week trying to keep up with the little’uns, who have way more energy than all us old folk put together :-).
Highlights of the week: playgrounds in parks all over the city, dinners at great restaurants, waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, the Portland Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, a walking tour of the downtown art galleries & artists’ studios, a day at the coast, and a drive up Mount Hood to play in the snow at Timberline Lodge. And of course, the puppies — by the end of the first day, Isaac and Eli were already calling our house “the doggie house” and just about every day had to include a visit to the doggie house and a romp in the park with them :-).