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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Fun in Portland OR

With Bug's birthday coming up, I packed 3 new t-shirts (wrapped) and handed them to her on our first morning in Portland. I told her that she could open one, but that she would have to wear whatever it was. 

The first one was pretty cool!

We hopped onto the streetcar and headed to OMSI.

They had an exhibit about mazes and illusions. Bug had fun with this balance board maze. She ALMOST got the ball into the center.

This was a giant model of a human ear. The curved red line to the left of Bug (in the ear canal) moved across, demonstrating how sound waves move through our ears. The parts to the right also moved. It was pretty cool.

This had various organs that would light up when you pushed the button next to their name...except, apparently, the stomach.

Shark tooth bracelet.

One of many bridges in Portland.

On our way to OMSI, Bug spotted this shop. We stopped on our way back. 

Finally, somewhere that I wanted to visit. ;)  YARNIA!

Bug picked out some red and yellow bamboo yarn. I'm going to make a hat similar to the gray one she's wearing in some of the other photos. Here you can see the yarn on the holder, attached to the winding machine.

The 2 cones of yarn are what I bought at Yarnia. The purple/orange/green is for me (bamboo and wool) and the red & yellow bamboo is for Bug.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vacation - part 1: train ride to Portand

Bug & I just got back after being gone for 16 days. She turned 13 while we were gone. Unbelievable. Of course, we took the train.

Hobbes, the one-eyed lion, was ready to go with his official Amtrak scarf wrapped securely around his shoulders. 

Looking over the Amtrak timetable with Dad.

Bug is READY!

Here it is, the Empire Builder.

Settled in and on our way.

We stepped out to stretch in Minot, ND.

A very friendly man from India took our picture next to our sleeper car.

Drawing, knitting...


This is Jean. She worked in the dining car and was great.

Almost there.

In Spokane, part of the train (including the dining car) went on to Seattle. Our section had the observation/snack car. Sleeping car passengers got this for breakfast. It was good.

We got to see Mt. Hood.

Mocking the people who would take photos of their feet on the carpet at the Portland airport.  ;)

We took a wrong turn on our way to the bus stop, but saw this leaning tree.

We also spotted these great Hogwarts and Gryffindor stickers on a parked car.

I spy, in an eye, something which is Bug! We were on our way to catch the MAX to go meet some homeschooling friends that we only knew on the internet. We had a great time.

We rented a basement apartment in a house through airbnb. It was great!

Our favorite Chinese place in Portland was only 2 blocks away. 

Lemon chicken and green beans. We ate the leftovers the next night. So good. 

My fortune made me laugh a bit.