Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Well, that flew by….! We have been here for 2 whole months now, and it seems like 2 days. We didn’t experience nearly enough in that time. Most of our stuff has been moved to a storage unit, where it will remain for the next few months while we visit with Tess’ sister Jenny and her family way down in Temecula, CA.
I will continue working from home, and Tess will be looking for a temporary job until we move up to Seattle, where I will be taking my class and working. Once we are done in Seattle the plan is to move back to Portland.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Coincidentally my good friend Tyler was up in Seattle this past weekend trying out the city for himself, so we made the 3 hours journey up to hang out and tour around. Just like Portland, Seattle has many very different neighborhoods, each with their own flavor and affordability. We checked out several neighborhoods that were recommended by some friends (Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford), and then walked around the downtown area of the city. We went to a huge record store with something like half a million records, checked out some restaurants, saw (looked at) the space needle, ended up in some crappy tourist-trap areas (most of which, I will never go back to), and had a great time wandering around.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
It is, as most festivals are, a place of the bizarre, and this festival takes bizarre to new level, all while maintaining a “family-friendly” atmosphere. It has been going on for 42 years, and just as all festivals with a long history, it has been modernized with all the amenities required to maintain ~45,000 people who will attend within the 3 days.
We only made a day trip, to check it out. It was a very interesting experience. Definitely something we would like to attend again. The festival ground was really cool, with the hundreds (probably 500) vendors selling every strange item you can imagine, within a labyrinth of elaborate permanent wooden market booths, giving the feeling as if you were meandering through a medieval bazaar. A fantastic display of interesting things, strange people, crazy art, and bizarre culture, all within an intricate weird wonderland (similar to that that Alice found herself in).
Oh yeah, the entertainment... There were 20 “stages” showcasing a vast array of “talents” from every possible area of the spectrum, such as: one-man bands, puppetshows, acting troupes, choirs, clowns, comedians, marching bands, dancers, actual bands, jugglers, belly dancers, gymnasts, etc, etc. And let’s not forget the random aspiring freelancing toss-a-dollar-in-my-cap musicians, the shamans, the hippies, the clowns on stilts (freaked me out a bit), the drum circles, the hulla-hoopers, the street performers, the quacks, the healers, the tarot readers, the endless variety of costumes, the trippers, the tweakers, the candlestick makers! All of this, calmly coexisting for 3 days, in place that is out of this world.
We saw many interesting things and several bands that were really good. It was fun.
The trail happens to run from Blacksburg to Portland! However, she took the trail less taken, and pedaled to San Franciso to visit a friend, and then got a rental car to tour up the West Coast to see, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, etc. So it was very cool to see her and discuss the trip on either end of her journey, which just so happened to correlate to either end of this vast continent and basically the terminal ends TransAmerica Bicycle Trail and either end of our journey! Here is a map of the trail. The gray line is a simplified version of her path where she veered from the trail.