Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Changes in PDX

There is a lot going on in the city of Portland, OR. This week marks the first week of summer and we are finally getting a glimpse of Portland sunshine. With all the warm weather, Ross and Eisley have had plenty of time to play outside and Eisley has learned a lot of new tricks. She has turned into a legitimate Frisbee dog, learning how to jump off of Ross' leg or back and catch the Frisbee four to five feet off the ground. She is amazing! If we could just make her understand how to walk on a leash, she would be pretty close to perfect!

We are starting to meet a few people in the area and are learning the city fairly well. I still get a little lost when I leave the main path of home to work and back, but I am learning the look and flow of the city if nothing else. Last Saturday night we had a wild adventure, going down to southeast and seeing the naked bike ride. The naked bike ride is an annual bike ride through a small area or Portland where riders cruise down the streets, well, naked, in support of or protesting a cause. This year the ride was to promote awareness of America's addiction to fossil fuels and in protest of BP's oil spill in the gulf coast. While the cause was good, the ride was a little nerve-racking for the audience watching the 10-13,0000 naked riders.

The apartment is starting to feel more like home, as we have been working hard to organize and decorate. Everything is coming together, and we want you all to come visit!!! Much love!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A beautiful day in Portland

The gray weather is starting to give way to summer and Portland's finest landscape is starting to show through. Mount Hood and Mount Saint Helens are a beautiful site from downtown Portland and Ross, Eisley, and I have been enjoying the best that the city has to offer. Last weekend Ross and I trekked up Columbia River Gorge to View Point Inn- a small hotel and restaurant that was the filming location for the prom scene in the hit movie "Twilight." I have added a picture of the house below- the view is spectacular and the home is even more amazing. Additional pictures are posted on Facebook.
Today Ross and I spent some time in the hot sun before going downtown for Cirque de Cycle- an all day cycling festival which ended in a criterium race in which Ross performed so well! We are getting settled into the Portland culture, and as long as this sunshine keeps up, Portland seems like the perfect place to spend the summer! Come visit!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

So, this is a big girl life....

Ross, Eisley, and I are getting all settled in to our new lives in Portland. I survived my first week of work, and I have to admit, getting used to "big girl life" has been tough, but I am enjoying the responsibilities of my new job. I am sure it will only get better as I learn the ins and outs of the business.

Earlier this week Ross, Eisley, and I took a short hike through Forest Park, the largest forest park within city limits. The park encompasses over 5,100 acres with about 70 miles of hiking trails. It was super dense, mostly second growth forest with a few patches of old growth. It is absolutely amazing, and a must see when you visit us!

The apartment is really coming together; we have acquired several key pieces of furniture and it actually looks like a home now! Eisley is getting settled too, and you would be glad to know that her imaginary friend, Kevin, made the journey with us. She has been tearing through the apartment with her toy, thrashing about widely. I think she genuinely loves Portland.

Speaking of which, I think it is official that Ross and I are Oregonians. Tonight after work, Ross and I rode our bikes to the store to get some stuff for dinner. Riding bikes on busy city roads can be crazy, but I really enjoyed the experience. Portland has hundreds if miles of bike lanes, and we were able to follow them all the way to the store and back in under 10 minutes each way!

Above is a picture of Forest Park and below are a couple of pictures of the new place (for those of you who have Facebook, check out some additional ones there as well)!

Miss you all!