Mt. Hood. It's about 2 hours away from Portland by car, but you can see the huge peak from Portland. You can tell it must be big, because this photo was taken from an airplane when we hadn't really made much of a descent yet.
Voodoo Doughnut is a legendary doughnut shop in PDX. Everybody has to go there at least once, and so we did.
It looks as though I might be concerned about the status of my doughnut. But it came, I assure you. There is a picture of it on Ian's camera, but it is too delicious, and you might get diabetes just from looking at it, so I have not posted the picture for your own protection.
Here's a picture of Ian instead. Feast your eyes upon that handsome chap! Boy am I glad he came to Portland with me. We've done some really great things together so far.
Like visit Cannon Beach to see the Goonies Rocks.
While we were there, we also saw a poor little seal, who seemed tired of life. Chin up, little seal!
This is the Tryon Creek State Park, literally the backyard of L&C Law School. Part of my bike commute travels through paths very much like this one. It's incredible, but one must beware of the spiders.
The trees are still stunningly beautiful to me each day. I think maybe they always will be.
See what I mean? Just look at the richness of that green!
Even the bogwater in Portland is green!
But there are hints of other colors in Portland too, like these gorgeous purple blossoms in the marsh at Sellwood Wildlife Reserve. It's just a 10 minute drive across the river from us.
The thing that amazes me most about Portland is all the brilliant wilderness in the middle of such a starkly urban environment.
Take, for instance, this cold cement building living together in harmony with the trees and hills.
There are several such buildings viewable from the Sellwood Wildlife Reserve, and a few of them have brilliant murals painted on them that can be seen from a distance (if you happen to find a vantage point in Portland, which is not easy to do for all the trees).
I like all the birds on this one.
In absence of a third person, I attempted to get some candid shots of us myself. What a consternated look I have on my face. Hmm.
Ian, on the other hand, chose to take pictures of oddities, like this slightly obscenely holed tree.
I always knew my head was big, but man...
This shot reminds me of Lord of the Rings
And this shot reminds me of ER
And, finally, everyone can rest easy now, because I have been reunited with döner kebaps.
Thank you, Portland! I love you!