Remembering Portland

Monday, August 26th, 2013 2

With summer feeling like it is officially ending as classes and the semester start today, I’ve been reminiscing about my summer. Like most summers, I visited Oregon, seeing dear friends in Portland and then heading to the coast for the Tribe retreat. Unlike the past four summers, Tony came with me! It felt way overdue for Tony to come along and visit with our friends, so I decided to book him a flight when I was making my travel arrangements. And I’m so grateful I did.

We met Lise many moons ago when we moved to Missouri for me to start graduate school. Lise lived down the street from us with her then 15-month old daughter, Avery. We grew super close, often cooking and eating dinner together, walking our dogs, and generally connecting as transplants to the Midwest. A few years later, Lise and Avery moved to Oregon and I grew so worried we would fall out of touch. With many visits, phone calls, and me living in Oregon for a year, that certainly hasn’t happened, and we’ve now been friends for almost 15 years. As evidence of the passage of time, here’s a photo of Lise and Ave that I took during our recent visit with them…

PX70_CP_Lise-AveAnd in that time, Avery now has a brother, the delightful and full of energy, Anton…

PX680_CP_AntonWe had tons of fun hanging out with Avery and hearing all about high school (OMG, we’re old!), and getting to know Anton more and more along with his love of dinosaurs, Peregrine falcons, and climbing. Lise loves to be outside in her garden and we got to enjoy her lovely dahlias…

PX680_CP_Dahlia and her chickens (everyone in Portland has chickens)…

PX680_CP_ChickensOf course no trip to Portland is complete without visiting Mecca, otherwise known as Powell’s Books

PX70_CP_Tony-Powells_rsOh PDX, how I miss you and your river…

PX70_CP_Bridge-WillametteFortunately, I don’t have to get too weepy with my longing for The City of Roses as I know I will be back in her green haven in June. I’m already counting down the days.

2 Responses

  1. These are so, so gorgeous. Powell’s is definitely my Mecca. I went to school a few blocks away and would spend my lunch break & time between classes there. I am so happy to hear you are returning in June! We are going to have to put together a polaroid walk!

  2. I agree with Jade! Now that I’m living up in Portland it would be so much fun to geek out on Polas together in this beautiful city. 🙂 And to finally meet you!

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