Monthly Archives: June 2010

A few things I want to remember

Driving along the Gorge

Driving along the Gorge

I will take a few minutes to write about the Merners visiting and IronMan Coeur d’Alene and how Wilma is, but having only a few minutes, I wanted to type up a few things before I forgot them again. Some probably of interest to you, and some not so much.

First the “not so much for most people” – Wilma remembers hanging out with Corwin and his sister Agnes. Corwin was a well-dressed man, but often quiet as he had a stutter. Neat to hear about him, as one of my very favorite collected pictures is of him.

Moving on.

I grew up going to Coeur d’Alene to visit family. In the summer, when we were kids, Bill would take us to Hayden Lake where we would swim in its icy waters (but soooo clear! And felt good on a hot summer day). Gretchen and I would swim out to the landing, where I’d regale her with stories of the whale shark, largest shark in the whole world, which was fresh water. She’d be out of the water so quickly Bill would swear she ran over the top of it. I was a mean older sister, if Gretchen hasn’t told you that yet.

Wilma mentioned this last time but I forgot to write it down so that I remembered it – she said that no one knows how deep Hayden Lake is. Neat!

And also on the interesting end of things – she said the natives in the area, the Schitsu’umsh (also known as the Coeurs d’Alene people for which the area is named) would not go near Hayden Lake. They stayed close to Coeur d’Alene where they fished and hunted, and other areas around there, but they would not go near the lake in Hayden. I can’t find any internet information on this, but I think it’s really fascinating and I will need to look into this more.

Off to accomplish stuff, have a beautiful summer day.

In which Nate and Beth visit

Have been meaning to write for a long time, so before more adventures happen, I thought I’d catch up a bit. It’s either too quiet because I’m studying and therefore haven’t had time to do anything or I’m too busy to sit down and write. I have plans to upgrade soon and maybe that will finally encourage me to start using the iPhone publishing tool.

Nate and Beth at the Timberline

Nate and Beth at the Timberline

Nate and Beth came for a visit! It was so completely great. They stayed downtown at Hotel Monaco. It’s interesting inside and is a “dog hotel” so it was fun to see all the different dogs wandering around its halls. The doormen were really nice, holding the door open on my car for Beth when I’d pick her up for a wander. They really liked it – they said they heard the garbage pick-up each morning but it was otherwise quiet. Interesting – I’ve heard that from a few folks who stayed downtown, but I’ve never noticed it any of the times we’ve stayed downtown. I suspect I’m just lucky with the room they give us.

Let’s see, what did we do? We took them to the Kennedy School, of course. Nate was excited to get some Voodoo Doughnuts so we walked there from their hotel (and on the way I found a food cart that sells pierogis! I’m so heading back there next week). We wandered the Pearl so Nate could see where Wieden + Kennedy was. We ate at Sandwich Works, which was on my list as we had eaten at Kenny & Zuke’s several times and liked it. While we were at Sandwich Works, we decided to head up the Gorge to Mt Hood.

The weather while they were here was pretty cool and rainy, and the day we went to Mt Hood was pretty much the only shot they had of going. Oregon made me smile though by briefly clearing up in Hood River so that they could actually see the mountain. It was 36 degrees at the Timberline, with lots of snow (8 inches the day before!). We had a snack at the bar and played some ping pong before heading back. The Timberline is one of the few places in the world where I feel still and calm. I am hopeful that we will do another overnight there in the next year or two.

Ping-pong at the Timberline

Ping-pong at the Timberline

What else did we do? A lot of wandering in the city. Beth and I wandered to The Show of Awesome at Doug Fir on Saturday (a great craft fair). It was in fact pretty awesome, and Jill Bliss was there. Beth loved getting to see Jill’s stuff in person rather than over the internet. There were a good number of artists there that Beth knew from etsy. I bought Jill’s Octopus print, a few barrettes and a neat-o squid skirt. Also did Saturday Market, Hawthorne, Alberta and Tin Shed. Had to take them to Multnomah Falls (isn’t that a law or something?) and they hiked to the top of the falls.

iPhone picture of the Show of Awesome

iPhone picture of the Show of Awesome

Saturday night, we all hooked up with Jimm and went for dinner at the Grilled Cheese Grill. Followed that up by Pix (not really very good for once, disappointingly. They’ve been getting really hit-or-miss) and then over to Ampersand to watch 40s and 50s beer commericals on their back patio. They were shown by Tom Robinson, so I had seen them before, which was good because it included my favorite crazy racy one. It was packed there, great to see!

We followed that up by going to the World Naked Bike Ride. I’d been wanting to see it for a few years but it never worked out. Really neat to see – they estimate that 11,000 people took part this year. We stood on Weidler and cheered the riders on, which was sometimes appreciated and sometimes caused a jeering “take yer clothes off!” to be shouted at us. There were a few unicyclists! And tall bikes, and at least two runners (barefoot and entirely naked). It was so quiet at night (around 10:30 or so) and really beautiful to see all the people going by. The first few people caused a OMGNAKED reaction at first but really quickly it became something much cooler than that. Not sure that I’m going to explain it well this morning, but I really like getting to see people use their bodies in a good way. There were so many shapes and sizes and it’s all cool. I’m definitely going to try to go cheer again next year, and if I ever get to the point that I can ride a bike reasonably well (doubtful), I’d definitely join in. It’s one of the few reasons I’d like to get good on a bike.

It was also funny to see random naked people scattered through downtown for hours afterwards (we needed to take Nate and Beth back to their hotel).

Brian & Nate tidepooling

Brian & Nate tidepooling

Sunday we wandered to the coast – sea lions in Newport, wandering by the boats. They have a new cage by the sea lions’ pier to isolate the ones that have wired caught around their necks so that they can help them now. O! We got to tidepool and saw a leather star and also a 10 inch chiton! Brief whale views in Depoe Bay, but they were feeding pretty far out so they were hard to see. A little disappointing, but I figure we have to have something to get Beth and Nate to visit again.

Leather star at Devil's Punchbowl

Leather star at Devil's Punchbowl