Posts Tagged ‘PortlandOR’

First Day In Oregon

(You can see my visits from previous year: 2010: Part I, World Cup, Part II, Part III, & Part IV and 2011: Brew Bus Tour, Women’s World Cup, Spruce Goose, Wineries, & Fort Vancouver)

I made it to Oregon! My flight boarded right on time and even though we sat at the gate for a bit after we were all loaded I still got to Portland a few minutes early. The security lines at JFK were totally nuts. They ended up walking us out of the terminal, across the street, down a ramp, behind the terminal, up another ramp, behind another terminal, and finally in the back of a building. Where the security line was frankly just as long as the previous one! It was insane. But I made it!

Friday night I stayed with my grandparents at their condo. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich when I got there, read a little, and then went to bed. I woke up at 4am, thankfully went back to sleep, and then was permanently up at 6am, which isn’t too bad. I finished my book (I highly recommend Gone Girl) and then ate breakfast with my grandparents around 8:30.

We hung around their condo for the morning, and went for a walk around their complex, before meeting my aunt, uncle, and cousin for lunch at Red Lobster. I had never been to Red Lobster before and I can’t say I was impressed, but it was fine. The biscuits were as good as I had always heard and my shrimp pasta was fine.


Then we went to the condo where I stayed last night and then to Whole Foods to pick up some food. Let me tell you, it’s great shopping at Whole Foods on someone else’s dime ;).

My grandparents left me at the condo and I ended up walking to Bridgeport Village which is a mall nearby both to get some exercise in and to go to Starbucks for the interweb.


The Starbucks was creepily empty. I kept thinking they were going to close on me. I was having a great time sitting at Starbucks reading blogs, then my aunt called with some family drama that I needed to attend to. Unfortunately I spent the rest odoing afternoon and evening doing that. Oh well, that’s what family is about, right? On to bigger and better things for the rest of the week.


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I thought I’d do a mostly random recap of my weekend with a few pictures from my trip to Oregon included.

First, my randoms from my trip…


That’s the room I stay in in the condo my grandparents rent. Well, where I stayed before I got sent to the couch so my mom and aunt could sleep up there. It’s a nice room, that door goes out to a big balcony that over looks a stream…


And there’s a full bathroom right behind where I was standing when I took the picture.


That’s the large lake that’s pretty much right outside the condo’s door. There are a ton of restaurants and stores around the lake. And there’s a town square-like place where they have a farmer’s market, show movies, and hold other events.


Just don’t feed the water fowl.


Who are these fetching people? That’s my uncle, aunt, and mother. This picture has been hanging in my grandparents’ house for as long as I can remember. I always thought it was so funny growing up.

I arrived back in NY bright and early Friday morning after a fairly bumpy red eye flight where I got elbowed by the video game-playing guy next to me for the whole flight. After some squeezing onto the Long Island Railroad I was greeted by this shining face.


The great greyhound hole digger!


It’s something he’s started since it’s gotten so hot outside. I guess it’s cooler in the hole? Needless to say my parents aren’t pleased.


Here’s a zucchini and cucumber from my parents’ organic vegetable garden. I’m very proud of them. Too bad I don’t like zucchini or cucumber.


This was my gorgeous view at the beach this morning. Unfortunately it was hot as hell at the beach. There was no breeze and it was so sticky.


I also got attacked by flies the entire time. I lasted a little less than 3 hours before I threw in the towel (haha…).


This is the clear coat nail polish, Seche Vite, that my aunt told me to buy to fix my nail polish absorbing dirt problem. She said it was only available online, but then I found it at Target today. Score.


And finally here’s my latest attempt at applying the OPI Shatter nail polish. It’s really hard! I love how my thumb looks but my index finger looks awful. There has to be a trick to it.

I’m using my parents free laundry facilities and then packing up to head back to NYC tomorrow. It’s been a real vacation, but I’m actually excited about heading back to work and a normal routine tomorrow.

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Yesterday, my final day in Oregon, we went to visit Fort Vancouver. Since I love history I was really excited to go. I actually made my family switch some things on the itinerary so I could go.


Fort Vancouver is actually in Washington so I got to visit two states on this trip! We started by walking through their gorgeous gardens.




That last picture is of Hops (full circle there!).

The fort was made up of several small buildings, some of which were empty to explore and some were partially open and recreated to look like that time period.



I think being surrounded by the wall was really interesting.


That’s the jail.


And that’s a body shackle.

I really liked the color of the wall in the Counting House.



And the map.


That’s the cannon at the top of the watch post thing.


And that’s the blacksmith. He was trying to make a hook, but he couldn’t get the fire going to strong enough.

And that’s my trip to Oregon! I had a really great time, I actually can’t believe it went by so quickly. There was a lot of downtime, which I can be impatient with at the time, but in the end it’s really nice. Of course I love the time I can spend with my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins.

I’ll update this post with better pictures once I get them off my DSLR.

Until next year, Oregon!

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Another day in Oregon, another day of consuming alcohol. Today’s alcohol of choice? Wine.

Rather than the main drag places we went last year, we decided to try two smaller vineyards this year.

First up was Aramenta. The setting is absolutely gorgeous.



Since it was so small the owner just walked out of her house when she saw us coming and took us into the tasting room.


We got to try 6 wines in all, but overall I liked the 2008, both the reserve and the normal (I’m sure that’s not the technical term). I ended up buying two bottles of the normal 2008, one for me and one for a friend.




The reason I wanted to go to Aramenta was because my friends went there about a year and a half ago and brought me back a delicious bottle of wine. That wine was actually what I drank after my first half marathon.

Seriously how pretty was this place though?


The owner offered me a job and I told her not to tempt me.

After that we were off to Vidon, which is even higher up in the mountains. It involved driving up a very long dirt road.


The scenery at Vidon was even more gorgeous.



I think I actually liked the wines at Vidon a bit better than the Aramenta wines.


And I really, really, really liked the scenery.


After that we headed out to lunch at the Yamhill Grill. I would have liked to visit more wineries but with two older people who tire easily and don’t drink and a 15 year-old and a 10 year-old more vineyards weren’t in the cards.

When we got back to my aunt and uncle’s house I went with my aunt and her friend to see Larry Crowne. It was ok, I didn’t really understand what the point was to the movie and all the characters’ stories seemed underdeveloped and their decisions just strange.

But it was $5 for the ticket and my aunt paid. So no harm.

Then I came back to the condo and ate dinner and did some stuff online. I really wish there was an internet connection in the condo. I’ve spent so many hours staring at my iPhone screen I think I’ve gone blind!

BTW, I really liked the outfit I wore Tuesday.


Black jeggings from J. Crew (on sale after Christmas for $19.99!), tee shirt from Lands End Canvas (just bought on sale for $11.99!), and denim blazer from the Gap from 2004.

And now onto Wednesday. It’s actually good I didn’t get to post yesterday because I wouldn’t have had much to say about yesterday. My mom and my aunt came in on Tuesday night and my aunt wanted a quiet day to acclimate to the other side of the country. I ended up going for a run in the AM, then we went over to the mall, back to the apartment for lunch, over to the mall again, followed by a visit to my grandparents’ new apartment.

Then it was back to the condo where we’re staying for dinner and then out for a three-quarter of a mile or so walk. I was just planning on staying in but then my aunt asked if I wanted to do something and I thought she really wanted to get out so I said I’d grab so dessert.

We ended up also stopping at Ulta so I could buy OPI shatter nail polish.


Ignore my messy job, I always scrap the extra off in the shower 🙂

I also really liked the outfit I wore yesterday.


Romper from Lands End Canvas this year, belt from J. Crew this year, and cardigan from J. Crew 2007.

We’re off to Fort Vancouver today and then I fly back to NY tonight!

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This post is going to be a shell of what it could be. Why? Because I went to plug in my DSLR and realized I brought the wrong USB cord! So all of my pictures are trapped on my camera until I get back to NYC.

Luckily I took some pictures with my iPhone so I can at least post those.

Yesterday, after my great run and trip to Starbucks, we went to the Evergreen Aviation Museum to see the Spruce Goose.


The Spruce Goose, the insanely large plane that Howard Hughes built during World War II, it is so large that I was only able to capture it on film in sections.



The Spruce Goose is so large that it’s even wider than most modern aircraft and only slightly shorter.


The blue is the Spruce Goose, the red is a 747, the yellow is an Airbus A389-800, and the orange is an An-225 Mriya.


The size really can’t be described. I wish I had a wide lens.


The museum also had a sizable firearm exhibit that mainly seemed to be spewing NRA propaganda.


There were several buildings to the museum, the aviation one where the Spruce Goose was located, an IMAX theater, a water park (random), and a space museum.

The space museum part was really interesting. My grandparents and aunt said it compared with the Kennedy Space Center.
The only picture I got of that with my phone was the bottom of a giant rocket. We had to go down 2 stories to see it.


We had lunch in the museum’s cafeteria (total underwhelming junk, but actually not terrible) and then stopped at a farm stand on our way home.

Since we got back to the condo around 2pm and my grandparents were done for the day I decided to head out by myself. I walked about a mile to a big shopping center called Bridgeport Village. I looked in J. Crew (nothing good) and then got some self-serve frozen yogurt.


That’s cookies and cream, devil’s food cupcake batter, and red velvet batter with cookie dough, snowcaps, and a yogurt dipped cracker (which I got since I haven’t had one in a long, long time). It was delicious. And only $1.82! That would have been at least double in NYC.

Then I went over to Starbucks for an hour and a half or so to use the internet. I would have stayed longer but I had to be back for dinner at 6. I just had a salad as I’m not really hungry for dinner at 6.

Today is winery day and then my mom and aunt arrive tonight!

And I’ll update this post when I manage to get my pictures off camera.

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