Yesterday, after church, Justin and I explored Sauive Island, which is North of us, along the Willamette River. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect! It was a sunny 75*/80* day with a constant light breeze.
As a side note…just after I posted my grumpy “Cold” post, it got really nice here For the last week it has been sunny and high temperatures…just what I like!! Does that mean I should complain more often?
Our total millage for our bike ride was 32 miles!! Can you believe that!? I was pretty impressed with ourselves. We followed a main car route all the way to Sauvie Island Bridge (10 miles each way) and then explored the island on a loop road (12 miles).
The Island was so beautiful!! There were fields after fields of tree farms, hay, strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry patches and great views of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. One of our stops along the island was at a berry and pumpkin farm. I had a yummy raspberry sundae and Justin had a root beer float! At the end of the loop we found another GREAT farm that also holds concerts there every Thursday over the summer! Which means…we’ll be back soon!Read More
Went to a Jewel concert tonight at the Oregon Zoo. She’s got an amazing voice, is a good story teller, and has lead a very interesting life. She had both Sarah and I teary eyed at times. Anyways, one of the funny parts of the show was this song she wrote just before the concert about our new home city, Portland. A great summary of all the things that make PDX an interesting place. Check it out (hopefully this won’t get removed from YouTube!)Read More
Last Friday Sarah and I went to our first baseball game in Portland (w/ Tracy & Mark). I’ve only been to one other baseball park in my life, Fenway, and needless to say Portland’s PGE park was quite a bit different from that. To sum up the differences:
- Tickets to a Beavers game are only $9 ($4 on Tuesdays) — Fenway more like $45+
- The Beavers, and the other minor league teams they play, make a lot more mistakes than the Redsox do. For example, in one rather entertaining play we saw an outfielder miss a catch, pick up the ball, start running towards the bases (because he couldn’t throw the ball that far) and then trip over his own feet and roll onto the field!
- Beavers games do not sell out. We were worried that if we didn’t have tickets in advance we wouldn’t get in (I would never just show up for a Redsox game without tickets!) The person on the phone assured us it would not be a problem. Boy were they right! I’d say the seats were about 5% full.
- They have different gimmicks each day to get you to come to a game. Perhaps the lure of seeing the Beavers in action just isn’t strong enough to get Portlanders to spend $9, or perhaps they’re just overly generous at PGE park– but each day there is a different deal or giveaway. Thirsty thursdays, $1 snack Fridays, free etch-a-sketch night (seriously!) ..
- The real excitement at Beavers games is between the innings. That’s when they bring random children onto the field and have them do silly games. For example, the Hawaiian race, where contestants had to run while putting on flippers, swim masks, hawaiian shirts, etc– and the paper airplane making & throwing contest.
- Giant running Miller beer cans! It was a race between Miller Light, Miller Genuine Draft, and Miller High Life. Poor MGD got tackled and didn’t have a chance– Miller Light plays dirty.
- Team spirit may be a bit lower than at Fenway. Sarah made us some very nice shirts w/ the Beavers and Timbers logos on them (Timbers are the soccer team). I’m pretty sure we were the only people there wearing anything with the team name on it! Not only that, but the trivia question of the day was “what’s the name of our mascot?”
Perhaps a Beavers game isn’t quite as serious of an event as a Redsox game, but never-the-less it was a fun way to spend an afternoon, and for under ten dollars and with it only being a ten minute walk from our house, it’s something we could get used to doing more often…
It is officially the coldest rainiest summer Portland has had in YEARS!! I am cold! The warmest it’s gotten in weeks is 60*…not weather I can wear my summer dresses out in or my shorts! I wore a dress with thick stockings on last week…with a spring jacket mind you…and almost got frost bite! I looked on the weather map and even Maine is having warm weather for heaven’s sake. Yes, I’m grumpy and cold.Read More
Below is a map of the businesses and attractions that we frequent here in Portland!
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