Monday, May 10, 2010

Sunny Saturday in Portland

We woke up Saturday to more beautiful sunshine! Our plan for the day was to go to Saturday Market, then to bike shop #2 to test ride the bike they built for him.

We managed (no help from Ms. GPS) to drive to Saturday Market without going around in circles. We parked several blocks away and enjoyed walking through that area of Old Town, as there are some beautiful old buildings and interesting galleries.

The Market was wall to wall people!



There are at least 200 artists, and we looked at every booth!


I power shopped- 1 dress, 2 blouses, a straw purse and a silver necklace. Whew--I'm broke now! Here's a pic of my new necklace--it's very delicate hammered round silver links, and I love it!

We enjoyed the entertainment for a few minutes--an old timers (kinda like us!) fiddle group, The Puddletown Ramblers:


It was a very warm and sunny day, so there were lots of kiddos playing in the water fountain area, they were so cute to watch: We walked over to an area overlooking the Willamette River to take a picture of Burnside Bridge, just one of the MANY bridges we crossed MANY times yesterday:
After all that shopping, it was time to head to the bike shop for those test rides, so we enjoyed a leisurely stroll back to our car, with a stop at Starbucks on the way.

David did several more test rides on two bikes, comparing the size, set up and components, but didn't make a buying decision. He'll be doing more research and riding a few more here in town before making his final decision. Unlike his wife, he makes very careful and deliberate buying decisions--no impulse buying for David!

By now we were hungry, as it was waaaay past lunch--so we decided on Descheutes Brew Pub in the Pearl District. We were lucky to get an outside table, and enjoyed a nice relaxing lunch and a great beer! We shared an order of sweet potato fries, then had the most wonderful pizza--very thin crust with goat cheese, thin sliced pear, toasted hazelnuts and topped with arugula. Yummmmmmy!!



After that yummy and calorific lunch, we decided we'd better walk a bit, so we explored the Pearl District with it's many wonderful shops and galleries. I just love this neighborhood, and when we win the lottery I'm going to buy a loft apartment there. You all hold your breath, now!

We walked and walked, figuring we had walked off about 10% of those lunch calories! Oh, well--I'll starve tomorrow!

Dinner was a bit of a disappointment, we returned to a Vietnamese restaurant we had been to last year for our anniversary. Not quite so good this time. And I won't even TRY to explain to dear Bren about the Beef Tendon and Tripe Soup--I just don't think she'd understand. I will, however, remind her to be nice about my adventurous eating--remember I get to choose where we eat on my birthday! And I don't think they have club sandwiches at sushi restaurants ;-)

Back to our hotel for a good night's sleep, as we wanted to get an early start back to Spudville.

Sunday was another gorgeous day, and I really wasn't ready to leave beautiful Portland. But most good things must come to an end--so home it was! It was a fine drive back home, and it was actually sunny in Spudville, too!

We had a nice dinner of grilled shrimp and brown rice, and now it's back to reality. Back to the gym, super healthy eating (NO MORE french fries!) and we must get some yard work done, get our garden ready and our tomatoes planted.

Then we can go play some more! Hmmmm-where will those Travelin' Lundburys go next???

Saturday, May 8, 2010

We've Been Everywhere, Man!

What a day! We have been ALL OVER Portland. Back and forth across the river at least 5 times--Burnside Bridge, Morrison Bridge and Broadway Bridge and then some.

Seems as though our GPS (we usually call her Genie, but today she had a few other choice names!) was having a very bad day. She didn't seem to know her left from her right, and then she just drove us around in circles. Later we figured out her battery was low. Oh, for the good old days and a simple map. Come to think of it, though--I can't read the fine print on a map................hmmm! So much for that girl scout navigatrix badge. Darn!

We did manage to find all the bike shops David had on his list. Here he is on the way to the first one, when I saw these beautiful rhododendrons. Doesn't he look thrilled to delay his bike shopping experience so I could fumble with our new camera to take these pictures? (NOT!)


Here he is at Bike Shop #1 on the east side of the river (after getting lost on the OTHER side of the river, and several wrong turns) First test ride:


After spending quite some time at this first shop, we were off to bike shop #2. Of course, it was back on the OTHER side of the river. So back we go, Broadway Bridge this time. Just never mind about Burnside Bridge, westbound lanes are closed. Or so the sign says. We can see cars driving west across it, but can't figure out how to get on the bridge. Miss Genie GPS is no help, and by now she has a not so nice new name.

By this time, I'm sure we are looking like Ma and Pa fresh off the spud farm on their first trip to the big city. Whew! This just might be more trouble than it's worth!

Finally--Bike Shop#2! Here he is on his test ride:







This is his favorite so far. He's thinking seriously about it, so seriously that he is having them build it in a different size for him, and we are going back tomorrow so he can ride it again. We can only hope that Miss Genie GPS can remember which side of the river this bike shop is on.

Off to bike shop #3--miracle of miracles--it's on the same side of the river. Hallelujah! We find it and it's a nice shop, but nothing in stock for David. Very helpful owner, though. After much conversation, he directs us to yet another shop that carries a great bike that David is interested in. Guess what? It's ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER AGAIN!!

We again fire up Ms GPS Whats Her Name, and arrive at bike shop #4 safe and sound.

It's a great shop--here's a picture of the outside and the cool bikes on the roof:



Lot$ of great bike$ in thi$ $hop--many in the $5,000 range, and one for over $14,000!!!. No test rides here--but maybe a little drooling! (David, not me--I was busy tweeting you all pics of the price tags!)

At this point, David decided he was "biked out" for the day, so we spent the rest of the day in the Sellwood district, which is full of wonderful antique shops. Thankfully, a short drive from the last bike shop, and on the same side of the river!

After a couple of lovely hours in Sellwood it was time for dinner. We had read many rave reviews online and in a magazine, and had decided on an artisan pizza restaurant fairly near our hotel, so I fired up Old Ms. and off we went. We found it! It was just a lovely restaurant in a funky, fun neighborhood but, unfortunately it was closed today due to electrical problems! Plan B--another small pizza restaurant. ( Yeaaaaah--same side of the river!!) It was a cute little restaurant and a good pizza, but not a great pizza. Moose's Tooth is way better.

Even with our frustrations with Ms. Genie, and our many trips across the river, it was a fun day. I am so thankful we can laugh about our big city navigating adventures!

And that David is such a sweetie--he says I can keep my Navigatrix badge--it was all Ms. Genie's fault!

Tomorrow--a couple more bike shops and test rides, and maybe Saturday Market. If we don't get lost.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Thursday in Portland

We had a nice drive from Spudville to Portland, the weather was beautiful! We were lucky to see a big herd of elk along the way--between LaGrande and Pendleton.

We checked in to our hotel and headed right out to dinner. I had done internet research for a good place for dinner, and found several reviews for a little neighborhood fish market and restaurant called Cabezano. It was wonderful! It's a cute little "bistro" place in a fun older area of Portland; it has a great menu that changes with the seasons and according to what is freshest that day.
We had a nice glass of wine with a cheese plate for starters. Here we are enjoying our wine:



The cheese plate was really good--a local blue cheese, a California blue and a French Brie. All were great, but the Oregon blue was the best. They were served with glazed pecans, figs and thin sliced quince.

We both had a bowl of cioppino, and it was wonderful--even better than what we had in Bodega Bay last week! It was served with lots of great french bread to soak up all that yummy broth. Just look at this beautiful bowl of delicious seafood:

And, just for Dear Bren, here I am eating a very yummy baby squid tentacle, mmmmmmmmmmmm good!It was a lovely meal, very relaxed with great food and good service. Wish you could have all been there to share it with us!

Tomorrow we are off to several bike shops. David has them all mapped out, and has called ahead to make sure they have the bikes he is interested it. Should be a fun day! I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

It's Spring in Spudville!

Just a little teaser for my dear friends in Alaska.......

Our front flower bed:
And the lilac:

Our cherry tree in the back yard:




But most of all, for my dear friend Bren--here's a little something just for you! Straight from Spudville--hope this brightens your day just a little.
Love to you all three!!