Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Reason number 347 why we love Oregon

While there are many things still up in the air in our lives something of which there is no doubt is that we absolutely made the right decision to move back to Portland. Evidence supporting this from the past couple weeks:

We have gone on a couple of great hikes. Within an hour's drive we can get into the Columbia River gorge, up to Timberline Lodge and the shoulders of Mt. Hood, and deep into the national forests along the Sandy River and along the Cascade mountain range. All these areas are chock-a-block full of hiking trails from the easy-peasy to the 'you-gotta-be-kiddin'-me'. Last week we started up the Pacific Coast Trail (the west coast version of the Appalachian Trail) and then veered off to a really pretty loop past two clear reflective lakes on one high scramble up to a viewpoint staring right at Mt. Hood. (Sadly, forgot to bring the camera). Best of all, it was a nice 4 hour 9 mile hike with reasonable ups and downs. Unlike the 6 hour 14 mile WAY up and down death march in the gorge that my brother took us on July 4th…..

We are spending time on the coast. My family built a house in Waldport 20+ years ago. From Corvallis it’s less than 90 minutes and we used to go there often. But from Portland it’s 3 hours or so, which makes it harder to find the time to sneak over to (let alone from Minneapolis or China…). Now that we live here we have been trying to spend time there again. Last week we escaped for 5 wonderfully relaxing days. We tossed a Frisbee on the beach, hiked up peninsulas, visited lighthouses, ate yummy meals, slept in a bunch, and spent a lot of time just gazing out at the ocean. Nice.

We are spending casual time with family. Living so close to all our family is really nice. Instead of just seeing them a couple of times a year in rushed, stress-filled visits, we live down the street, or in the next town, or (at the most) w/in 90 minutes. Over just the past couple of weeks we’ve been able to have casual dinners and lunches with Earl & Elaine and Mom and Red as they pass through the neighborhood, we’ve been able to visit Kevin and Sarah a couple of times on the mountain and help them pack, and we’ve been able to take Jon & Lori to and from the airport and scarf sushi with them, have Jon do some repairs on our bikes, and walk Dizzy with Lori. And just yesterday Lori and Brian snuck off to eat hot dogs (and tofu dogs) and play cribbage. I sense trouble….

We are taking advantage of Portland. We’ve gone to a number of the local USL A league soccer games in a snug outdoor stadium, we’re riding our bikes everywhere (to class, to do errands, for exercise along the Willamette river…), and Brian is running with a team in next week’s Hood-to-Coast relay.

And there’s more... In a few weeks we’re heading down to Ashland to see a couple of plays at the nationally renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Even better, we’re being flown down there by my best friend Caroline. Though she’s had her pilot's license for 20ish years, last week was the first time I’ve ever been up in the air with her. Cair and Luigi flew over to the coast while we were there and took us on a sightseeing flight up and down the shoreline on a beautiful day. Way cool.

Not bad for just a couple of weeks activities, eh? I think we're going to like it here. :-)


Sunday, August 19, 2007


So we've been a little quiet lately over here at the Davis household. Part of that is because Brian finished up his classes last week and we've taken advantage of his break to get away from the house and out into the state (more about that in the next post, hopefully coming soon) and we very purposely have left the computers behind. (And despite what you might have guessed, I only got the shakes a couple of times. :-) )

But we have also both been felled by a pesky bug. After helping him through it earlier in the week I seem to have (as often happens) been hit by a double strength version of it on the rebound. It arrived like a ton of bricks when we were at a party last night and I barely made it home. I've spent most of today vaguely feverish with a beach ball for a head, a pressure cooker in my ears and sinuses and an elephant sitting on my chest. Bleh.

In my altered state I didn't find the energy to write up a post about our exploits over the past week. But hopefully I'll be able to get around to it tomorrow or the next day, cuz we've been having fun.

Off to curl up on the couch and moan pathetically again....


Thursday, August 09, 2007

I'm done...

The last presentation finished up at 8:30 last night and was followed by an evening of cocktails with my classmates.  Two semesters down, four to go. 

I've got a laundry list of to-do's during the break (finding a job obviously the biggest) but there is one thing I'm looking forward to more than any other: recreational reading.

More as my brain decompresses and creative thought reenters it.