Time flies by

Two hundred days have flown by since we left Virginia.  Way back in December, we headed off on a road trip across the country and have now reached August and Portland, Oregon.  We’d been anticipating the visit to Portland for a long time.  It’s a really “happening” city: full of art, green, walkable, bike friendly, and really (really!) great food.

Thirty days in Portland won’t be enough for us, but it will have to do.  We divide our days between reading and writing; making round the world trip arrangements for the next 14 months; exploring the Pearl District, our neighborhood in Portland; and eating well.

 Bike racing on a Friday night combined with tacos at ¿Por Que No? www.porquenotacos.com/‎ and ice cream at Lovely’s Fifty Fifty www.lovelysfiftyfifty.com/ kicked off the weekend in the best way.

Bike racing on a Friday night combined with tacos at ¿Por Que No? ‎ and ice cream at Lovely’s Fifty Fifty  kicked off the weekend in the best way.

We picked up many bags of locally grown, organic vegetables along with hazelnuts and maple smoked salmon at the local farm market.

We picked up many bags of locally grown, organic vegetables along with hazelnuts and maple smoked salmon at the local farm market.

We have spotted BrewcyclePortland’s people powered vehicle on many evening walks.  Everyone always seems very happy!

We have spotted Brewcycle Portland’s people powered vehicle on many evening walks. Everyone always seems very happy!

Two parks are within a few blocks of where we live.    Tanner Springs Park is described as a “pre-industrial wetlands.”

Two parks are within a few blocks of where we live. Tanner Springs Park is described as a “pre-industrial wetlands.”

Sunday afternoon was the ideal time to play the game, Settlers of Catan, with family while nibbling on homemade sushi.

Sunday afternoon was the ideal time to play the game, Settlers of Catan, with family while nibbling on homemade sushi.

 

August 2013

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15 Responses to Time flies by

  1. beingnenne says:

    Looks like you are having an awesome time..and may I tell you how jealous I am of you right now? 🙂 btw, never heard of a brewcycle before..looks like something I would like to be on..

  2. Dale Claypoole says:

    Looks like you’re having a great time in Portland. We’ll be arriving on Sunday, August 24 for almost two weeks. I hope we can connect. We do you depart?

    Dale

  3. Cat says:

    Looking forward to having you visit the Netherlands. We re just home today after four weeks in Hawaii California Philly and the Northeast. Pretty jet lagged but it is good to be home

    • We’re looking at repositioning cruises for our return. Some leave from the UK. So, if that works out, we might see you in the fall of 2014. Also, we’ll be in Portugal early fall 2014. Wanna come down? We’re determined to see you one way or another.

  4. gkm2011 says:

    I have not been to Portland, but your photos make me want to visit.

  5. No wonder they’re happy on the brewcycle. We saw a similar set up in Munich and the young people on there were very loud! Are you coming to Australia on your world trip?

    • We’re definitely planning to visit Australia – for 2.5 months! March 24 – June 10, 2014. Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and somewhere near Cairns. If you’re around, we’d love to meet you.

      • Those places are all lovely, but a very long way from each other. Are you driving? We are in Queensland, halfway between Melbourne and Cairns, which are a full two days drive away in opposite directions. We are about 2 hours’ drive west of Brisbane on the top of the Great Dividing Range. You should think about coming here!

      • Sounds interesting…except for the two day drive time. We’ll look at whether we might fit that into our itinerary. Thanks.

      • Did you know that Australia has almost the same land mass as USA? Are you planning to fly between cities?

      • Yes, we know how vast Australia is. We wish we could see more but it is just too large for this trip. Our flights are booked and we plan to use a rental car only on rare occasions.

      • That’s great. It’s just that so often we talk to people from overseas who think Australia is tiny and you can see lots in one day. If you could fit in a short detour to Toowoomba you’d be most welcome to stay here. We met a lady from Boston once who was appalled that we hadn’t been to New Zealand because she thought it was just a ferry ride across Sydney Harbour.

      • Very funny! I’m afraid Americans are often a bit weak on geography. Thanks for the invite. We’re interested but have to figure out our Cairns arrangements first. We’ll be back in touch.

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