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Thursday
Jul282011

Portland, Day One

As vacations go, this one has definitely started off right.

Gwen and I decided to come up to Portland, Oregon, for a long weekend. She was lured up by Sock Summit; I was lured up by the idea of spending a long weekend with Gwen. We flew up last night and checked into the Benson, a historic hotel in the heart of downtown. There was a mix-up with our reservation, so we didn’t get the right room last night. To make up for it, they moved us into a penthouse suite today. We’ve decided to forgive them.

We got up early this morning, and on the recommendation of Matt Troedson hit Mother’s for breakfast. I had what was easily the best lox I’ve ever had, and Gwen’s prosciutto scramble was deliciously flavored with thyme. Afterward we wandered by the site of the Oregon Brewers Festival (expect more about this tomorrow) before hopping on the MAX and heading up the convention center so Gwen could pick up her registration materials. Turns out that OSCON is in the same building, which is awesome on many levels. The two events combined probably approach gender parity.

We dropped a few things off at the hotel, and then it was out to Washington Park, where we walked through the Magnolia collection of the Hoyt Arboretum on our way to the Portland Japanese Garden. The latter was very different than what I expected, and much better. I don’t claim to completely understand wabi-sabi, but some of things I saw today got me closer.

We concluded our Washington Park visit with a trip to the Rose Garden, which served as a remarkable study in contrasts to what we’d just seen. It was bit overwhelming, and we ended up not staying all that long. We continued the overwhelming theme by stopping by Powell’s on the way back to the hotel. I’d been there once before, about six years ago, while it was Gwen’s first visit. Definitely fun, once we got our feet back under us.

And that’s about where we are now. Gwen has headed back to Sock Summit to check out the preview of the marketplace, and I’m hanging out in the Palm Court at the Benson, enjoying a cocktail or two and getting some words down. I have no doubt we’ll find some delicious food for dinner, and we may wander around downtown yet.

As I said, this vacation has started off right.




Update

Fitness: One Hundred Pushups, Week 2, Day 2 (10-12-9-9-12)
Sun, Moon, and Stars: 149 words, 348 seven day average, 266 average, 31918 total, 582 to go for the week

Reader Comments (1)

Powell's and the Japanese Garden are both wonderful things, sadly it's been 20 years since I've been to Portland.

July 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWayne

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