Category Archives: Travel

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:

Wisconsin

In December, we had the shortest trip I’ve ever taken to Wisconsin. I was able to see a good amount of Brian’s family and spent some time with mine, but seriously short (basically less than two days per family).

The flight out started with us seeing Pedro the Lion at Mississippi Studios. Great show! But we definitely were out a bit late for a 4 a.m. flight to Chicago.

Pedro the Lion!

Switching between families, we managed to swing by Madison just long enough to check on our duplex and get bloody marys and walnut burgers at the Harmony. Seriously last second so we didn’t have time to give anyone a heads-up. But I got a walnut burger with fried onions, sooooo good as always.

The Harmony has the best walnut burgers.

Also seriously last second, my sister scored four tickets to Hamilton in Chicago. It meant that we drove to Chicago, back to Wisconsin, back to Chicago the next morning, but needless to say, so worth it. I was skeptical that I’d be amazed by Hamilton because of how much everyone has been raving about it. It was as good as everyone told me. My only complaint is that I can’t go see it again due to how hard it is to get tickets.

Hamilton in Chicago

Jim Henson

Jim Henson has been a hero of mine for a long time. I admire him for his creativity, kindness, and honesty. Brian noticed that Museum of the Moving Image in New York has a big exhibit right now and we are definitely going to go. But when I researched it, I discovered that MoPop (which used to be EMP) in Seattle had a small exhibit from Museum of the Moving Image. So we hit up our friend Tim to crash at his Ballard apartment, grabbed our Orca cards and headed up. It is nice to have Seattle only 3 hours away.

Seeing the exhibit meant that I got to stand next to some old friends. Really loved this, especially seeing his sketchbooks and the recreation of the night club concept. They also had the ball outfits that were worn in Labyrinth!


New York

Sitting on a boat in the Hudson River with a beer in New York.

Fantastic day in NYC, saw Buckminster Fuller’s World Game played in a New York high school with friends, had a cocktail at the Algonquin and saw both the famous round table and secret door, and the original Pooh bear and other stuffed animals. Kind of lucky!

Original Pooh characters at New York Public Library


The Algonquin! Dorothy Parker rocks, and the maitre d’ here was awesome to me.

Chicken noodle soup with Matzo balls on the way out of town before Carnegie Deli closes. Thanks for the fun, New York!