To the mountain


Escaped the noise and upset animals over the 4th of July and went to the Timberline. I love Mt Hood, as I’ve mentioned a few times on here.

Brian reading at the Timberline – this is the back of the lodge


We swam, hung out in the hottub, played shuffleboard, ate great pizza at Blue Ox (the little hidden restaurant at the Timberline), and read nearly all day long.

I hiked up the Pacific Crest Trail for a bit.


I never got a great picture of it, but the monarch butterfly migration was in full force – thousands and thousands of them fluttering past me as I read on the patio. So many on the drive down the mountain! One of the servers exclaimed “Oh! Butterflies!” each time she came outside, she was as delighted as we were.

Shuffleboard table where Brian and I tied. Great game!

Linoleum art and old speaker at one end of the shuffleboard.

I had this folder in various colors as a kid and had no idea that the drawing of the woman on the chairlift was from the Timberline!

Mt Jefferson from our room.

Hood River


On the way home, we stopped in Hood River to eat dinner at Pfriem brewing. We took a short walk along the Columbia River after that and sat in the shade to watch the kite surfers and paddle boarders.

Relaxed and happy start to July.

Return to Wisconsin

Just a super last minute quick visit to Wisconsin, with no time to see any friends. But got two hours in Madison, a day or two near Milwaukee, and otherwise in the country (Hustisford, Beaver Dam). I saw deer and red fox! But no pictures of those.

Instead, a picture of the Dr. Evermor birds on Paterson Street:

And had our normal lunch at Harmony Bar of walnut burgers, hot chips with blue cheese, and Madison beer.

Also got to experience some really terrible Milwaukee road construction (seriously, Milwaukee, you can’t close all of your freeway onramps and then have all your detour signs point to also closed onramps. Thankful that I like to get to the airport obnoxiously early or we would have missed our plane!)

But also got to watch a family wait patiently for the red light and then cross the road safely:

Laika exhibit at PAM

We loved the Laika Studios exhibit at Portland Art Museum. It was probably the best animation exhibit I’ve seen. So we went back on its last weekend.

This guy was around 20 feet tall, check out the people coming out of the exhibit next to him:

The amount of control the animators have is impressive, look at all these parts for a character in ParaNorman:

Faces for the Other Mother in Coraline:

Front:

Back:

From Neskowin to Newport

My sister came to visit for the weekend. We packed a lot into a short time, including a night at the coast.

We went to Neskowin, where we’ve been going since we were tiny. I must not have been here for this high of a tide, you couldn’t even step onto the beach. Pretty, and we just wanted to see Proposal Rock before heading into Lincoln City, so that worked.

The next morning Brian had a few meetings so we left him and went to Newport. My sister is looking for some art and there is a gallery there I thought might have something. They didn’t but we stopped to say hello to some of my favorite residents:

I never get tired of watching them squabble and clown around.

Unexpected James Brown

This week spring came for real, it has been in the upper 60s and lower 70s. We wandered to Old Gold in North Portland for dinner and scored a corner patio seat, a rare commodity on a warm day and a Friday night. The building across the street is unusual to begin with, odd lighting and shape, satellite in the front, etc. No idea what the building is used for, but today for some reason, the door was briefly open.

…unexpected James Brown.

Then Ministry

The next show we went to last week was Ministry. I have seen them a few times (actually, they may be the band I have seen the most times) but Brian hadn’t yet so we got tickets. And I hadn’t seen them since the 90’s. I won’t lie, I was a bit nervous about this show – would they phone it in? Given where we are right now, would there be complete loonies there?

It was probably my favorite Ministry show. They were amazing. The lead singer from Fear Factory did a few songs with them too. They surprised me by singing a current song that choked me up. I very nearly went to see them two nights later in Vancouver BC, I liked the show that much. I am super happy I went, and came away thinking I was a smart kid to like them in the 80’s. Whew.

Unfortunately, not very many photos, and few of them clear. I was too into it and dancing. And for some reason, there were more tall men at this show than any other show I remember (over 6’4″, a ton of ’em), usually just in front of me.

Oh, and I baked bread that morning:

Dylan Moran at Revolution Hall

Finally got to check out Revolution Hall, which is predictably cool. I am so glad they saved and repurposed that building. It was formerly a high school, and I have friends whose relatives graduated from there. I would drive by it on my way home as it sat empty and it always seemed a shame. Not a small project though, they had to retrofit it for earthquake safety, not cheap. The view from the second floor bar was great, overlooking a dog park with great views of downtown, so I am excited to see the rooftop bar this summer.

We were there to see Dylan Moran. He was as funny as I thought he’d be, although some of his “I’m old” jokes bother me as we are the same age.

Some quotes on the building I liked. It was dark, forgive the blurriness.

Random shot from when we were waiting for a Lyft: