Zippin’ to Portland

Posted: August 9, 2015 in Ramblings

On Thursday Chris found out that his college friend Graham and family would be visiting Portland over the weekend.  We hurriedly found ourselves a hotel, packed, and planned.

We drove down on Friday morning, congratulating ourselves all the way down for avoiding Seattle morning rush hour.  Of course we got stuck in Portland lunch rush hour.  We were about half an hour late to meet them at the Oregon Zoo, but eventually we’d all arrived and went through the zoo.

This is some strange rabbit that reminded me of Max.  Very, very fluffy.

This is some strange rabbit that reminded me of Max. Very, very fluffy.

This is a Dutch rabbit.

This is a Dutch rabbit.

By mid-zoo, feet were aching, throats were parched, so things got a little tense (at least in the US Picks family unit).  Eventually we got water and meandered on, slightly cheered.

At the end, we did some group photos.  Here they are.

Jennifer and I took pics while our men and kids posed for us.

Jennifer and I took pics while our men and kids posed for us.

And then Chris took a bunch of random shots while we were milling around trying to pose.  This is the least-objectionable one of me.

And then Chris took a bunch of random shots while we were milling around trying to pose. This is the least-objectionable one of me.

On Saturday we got up, ate breakfast, checked out of the hotel, and headed downtown to the Fluevog store, which was my tax-free reward for all the driving.  We were amazed (and very irritated) to find out they don’t even open until 11AM – on a Saturday!  I never heard of any store in the US opening that late.  Sunday, yes, but not Saturday.  So we went to Powell’s and looked for Diane’s books (the info desk guy said they’d “had one copy of one book [“Suede to Rest”] but it sold really fast”) and then went for second breakfast.  Finally at 11 we got into the store and I got the new black, white, and hot pink Margie.

Definitely Hello Kitty shoes.

Definitely Hello Kitty shoes.  Pic from Fluevog.

And on the way home, ran into crazy-stupid traffic about 10 miles south of Tacoma; the road signs said it would take an hour to go those 10 miles.  So we detoured through back-of-beyond country roads until we got north of Renton and zipped back home.

A fun, but tiring, weekend jaunt!

 

Comments
  1. vallere says:

    Glad to hear that you are having fun.

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