|Pat in Quidam|
|Pat in vacation mode|
|Pat's awesome apartment - on Air BnB when he's not there!|
Other things about Portland. We really didn't get to do everything we wanted to do. Ran out of time (the whole passport debacle took up a couple of weeks). We'll simply need to make a return trip. But in the meantime, a shout-out to some of my favorite Portland businesses:
Finnegan's Toys (totally awesome independent toy store!)
Powell's Books (this one may take the cake for Best Bookstore Ever)
Playdate PDX (indoor kids play zone. with adult cafe - quality food, drinks, oh my)
Lucky Spoon, Lula Health Center (psoas release wow!). My kids each got to dissect their own squid at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (and you'll all be grateful I am NOT posting pictures of that). We explored lots of parks, took the aerial tram up to the hospital, and gawked at the lines outside the cult-ish Voodoo Doughnut. On my own I explored the bike trails, and the Portland Saturday Market. We hiked around the waterfalls east of the city, and visited the fish hatchery and the dam.
One day, on a Totem field trip, we toured the Michael Curry Design studio. Michael Curry is a creator of massive puppets and show props for live theatrical productions. His company built Totem's carapace. His studio is a marvelous place - in some ways like a dream of Greg's, huge and full of tools and creative apparatus-building. All of us really enjoyed the glimpse into how an artist has become such a successful entrepreneur.
Portland will keep a special place in my heart! I hope we'll be back again someday.