Saturday, April 19, 2008

Record Store Day!

Did you remember to celebrate Record Store Day? Here's my haul of swag and purchases.

Gorge trip with me folks

The weather Friday was absolutely delightful, I believe the warmest or second warmest day so far this year, so in celebration of said weather and the occasion of my parents visit, I up and took Friday off to take a day trip into the Columbia Gorge.

It was very hazy that day for some reason, possibly winds coming in from the high desert, so I was a little disappointed with the visibility of far-off features. The scale of the gorge is difficult to grasp in photos, but on the Oregon side, where all the pictures were taken, the walls of the gorge rise over a thousand feet into the air. The river itself is a mile or more wide. My dad commented that the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta looked like a creek in comparison and while true the Columbia has a much larger drainage basin. In the first photo the farthest layer of mountains is 20 miles away.

We stopped at the Portland Women's Forum overlook, Crown Point, Latourell and Multnomah Falls, and ended in Hood River at the Full Sail Brewery for lunch and some tasty beers. I had a BBQ pork sandwich and their Imperial Porter, which drank like a meal, mmmmmm!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Glutton for punishment

Today was a sparkling blue sky day in Portland, an April Fools on us that the weather might get nice. Oh no, just for today and tomorrow, then back to the usual. Knowing the temporary nature of the weather, I convinced Ryan to take the trip up to Mt Scott, this time on a longer, but less steep route. We still ended up walking our bikes a bit, though less than on my previous ascent, and not on as steep of hills, thank goodness. It was a little hazier than before, but we had much better views of the surrounding mountains. The ride down was a blast. We followed my route from Saturday, descending on steep, traffic-free streets, reaching speeds of +30mph and cooking our brakes coming to a stop at 92nd Avenue. And yes, we both wore our helmets.

Coming in for a landing with Mt St Helens.

Mt Hood and the Boring volcanos.

The Georgia-Pacific plant in Camas, Wa. I think they make TP.

Same plane as above, it reappears @ 1:50 from behind Rocky Butte.