A weekend with Shelley

My cousin Shelley came for a visit. She is a chef, so there were one million places I wanted her to try in Portland, but predictably only made it to a few.  

We did have a lovely lunch in our garden:  

Lunch in the garden

Lunch in the garden

And followed that up by driving to wine country in Dundee for a few tastings. We stopped at Argyle (Shelley wanted to try their sparkling wine), Winderlea and Torii Mor. Brian and I joined the wine club at Winderlea which will encourage us to go more frequently.

Brian and Shelley on the patio at Winderlea

Brian and Shelley on the patio at Winderlea

Mt Jefferson in the background looks quite large from here in real life but my old phone doesn't really capture it

Mt Jefferson in the background looks quite large from here in real life but my old phone doesn’t really capture it

TEDx Portland

 
Brian and I went to TEDxPortland.  Really enjoyed this – it was my first time at a TEDx. The talks were great and it was also cool to talk to people who went. We got to see the Von Trapps! They sang Edelweiss!! And some of their own stuff. We went home and bought their CD.

Speech from Arrested Development gave a great talk too, very moving. I had no idea he was from Milwaukee, or how much racism he was exposed to there, really heartbreaking.

We also saw Con Bro Chill, which I hadn’t heard of (the guy sitting next to us had gone to school with one of the band members). They were totally nuts and awesome. At one point, there were giant throbbing sparkle thongs on the big screen (matched what they were wearing). Kinda obsessed with seeing a full show. And scared. But mostly interested.
 Con Bro Chill 

Silver Creek Falls [warning: many waterfall pictures]

Waterfall

I can’t remember if I have written much about Silver Creek Falls on here, but we hiked there last weekend so I am posting some pictures. It is about an hour and a half from my house in Portland. There are ten main waterfalls. Gretchen, Brian and I hiked five of them. Fantastic day for it – lots of elevation, not very many people (at least for a summer day at Silver Creek Falls).

View of the top of South Falls

View of the top of South Falls

South Falls is 177 feet tall, and the one most people walk down to even if they aren’t going to do anything else. See the tiny people in the picture? That’s where the hiking trail goes, behind the waterfall.

South Falls from the middle of the hike

South Falls from the middle of the hike

This is from behind the waterfall as you are hiking along

This is from behind the waterfall as you are hiking along

South Falls

This is just after South Falls and before much else

This is just after South Falls and before much else

I can't remember which one this was

I can’t remember which one this was

Picnic!  This is where we stopped for lunch

Picnic! This is where we stopped for lunch

I’m very certain the heat blankets we carry in our packs for emergencies are not intended to be picnic blankets but it worked really well against the damp. We had strawberries, spanish almonds, Chop Garlic and Black Pepper sausage, Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, Swiss cheese and a loaf of sour dough. There may have been a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely picnic watching everyone hike by. Here’s another picture.

Picnic dam

Winter Falls - not available later in the year

Winter Falls – not available later in the year

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Made my heart soar

I really love this. It’s funny, you don’t know what you will find inspirational or how something will affect you. The look of surprise on his face when everyone is singing, very cool.