Saturday, May 22, 2010

Birthday getaway 2010

Chris and my birthdays are exactly a week apart, so we usually do something to celebrate them both at the same time. Last year we went down to Gold Beach on the Oregon coast. and this year, we drove up to Portland to see Cirque du Soleil. We stayed at the Waterfront Marriott where our room overlooked Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the Willamette River. From our 12th floor balcony we could look down on bicyclists and pedestrians in the rain, a drawbridge, and more.

We walked to the Cirque du Soleil venue (luckily no rain during the walk) and then through a heavy mist which turned to rain just as we reached the hotel on our walk back. Next morning we visited Powell's Books and a couple of other stores and then drove back home. A delightful, relaxing birthday trip for us both.

I haven't figured out how to put captions underneath my photos, but here you see a walking path/pedestrian from our balcony, also our view over toward the drawbridge, and cyclists at an intersection. Oregon is incredibly green right now -- quite luscious and soothing. And then you see reflections in a skyscraper, a view looking up at the freeway where, if you want to go to Seattle, you need to be in the left lane. And a shot of a newly-installed sculpture in the park promoting acupuncture and health. ©Carol Leigh


  1. Happy Birthday to both of you. Glad you to hear you had such an enjoyable trip. Loved the photos from your balcony and blown away by the green. wow. Thanks for sharing your birthday with us.

  2. HB2U, Carol and Chris!

    Loved seeing your photos of Portland City landmarks. This is a great place to look at through a camera!

    You've got the Hawthorne Bridge in the second photo and the reflection is of KOIN Tower, a building I LOVE to try to catch in various poses, light and weather. Nice to see it here, shyly peeking at itself in the mirror!

    Do not understand the acupuncture sculpture, but, oh well, it's Portland.


  3. Happy Birthday to both of you. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Portland is a great city. Your photos remind of me of this fact. You do capture a feeling of the green and mist.

  4. Carol D., June W., and Linda H., thanks for your comments. I knew, Linda, that I'd hear from you regarding these photos, and I was thinking of you while we were there. Thanks for the ID on the bridge and on the building reflection. And Carol D. and June, you said I captured the feeling of the "green and mist," well, when that's all ya got that's all ya get! Again, thank you for stopping by. --Carol Leigh


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