Pictures from Portland

So, we have been back on the East Coast now almost a week, but I am still on West Coast time, and dreaming of a simpler life in general. Here a few moments from our trip.




oregon portland cementLovecraft Biofuelsalice mural

goodwill aislecamerascomputer peripherals

riverriveremily, rivermount hood, oregon

beach accesshaystack rockrory, haystack rockcannon beach

NJ OR cakein oregon on a bus at the zoopancake facegoatwolfpeacock


Originally, we had planned to rent a car and bounce from friend to friend to spend the week in various parts of town. However, Ethan simplified things by insisting we take his car on our scenic escape plans, and it was easiest to simply monopolize his floor, rather than hop on buses with all of our luggage to more remote parts of Portland. We really only got to see Jack briefly one night of the PopFest, and Adrienne one hot afternoon when her band played at a street fair downtown. We were extremely lazy on this trip, sleeping and playing lots of video games, walking a lot at first and then taking long drives, napping every night before Ethan got home from work so that we could defeat the time zone difference and venture into the night life.

Some of our favorite parts of the trip involved being out in the wilds of Oregon. It was so relaxing and pleasant. It was nice to come back into town, not worrying about traffic and being able to breathe actual clean air (this is an asthmatic’s perspective on why Portland is better than conjested NYC). The weather was about 20 degrees cooler and lacked the distinct mugginess and suffocation of normal city life. Rory thought it strange that Portland seemed so suburban, but I found it very comfortable.

I would still move there in a heartbeat if circumstances were wont to allow me.


  1. icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo wrote:

    You know, I cried when we left Oregon. Seriously. I shed tears. And I am totally heartless, so that’s a big deal.

    Your photos bring me back to the place I think of as home. Sometimes just reading the Oregon land stats makes me feel a bit more at ease.

    Do you suppose you’ll move there?

    I think that Christina will.

    We will.

    We can start a shop somewhere and sell our pretty crafts.

    I’d like that.

  2. emily august wrote:

    If I weren’t dating Rory I would have moved there already. He has a masters degree to complete and strong family ties to this area. Whether or not *we* will ever move there remains to be seen. I love him more than I love Portland, and that’s a lot.

  3. icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo wrote:


    I’m sure that is a lot.

    I feel so cold. See, Jay just got this new job and I am applying to the U of O…

    And if I get accepted to the program and Jay can’t come right away… I’m taking the girls and we’re going.

    That being said, Jay would join us eventually and it by no means is any reflection on my love for him or our relationship.

    I just feel that personally, to be happy, and professionally, to be successful, that’s the place I need to be. And if it happens at an inconvenient time for him, we’ll just have to work those details out and both do what is best for ourselves and our family.

    But, I hope that doesn’t happen. I hope that we can all go together.

  4. emily august wrote:

    I hope you all can go, too!

    In my case, I don’t know if Rory would follow eventually.

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