Friday, August 27, 2010


Many of the reasons why I love Portland to death, including music by one of my favorite local bands, are in this video. Check it out!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Antarctic Reunion in the San Juans

Antarctica. It has been almost two years now since I've left, and even though time inevitably passes, I still think of it often.

Luckily, I had the opportunity last weekend to venture to Lopez Island in the San Juans for an Antarctic reunion for people who had worked at Palmer Station. The hosts have 25 acres on the island, and it was the perfect place to get away from society, come in contact with people you thought you would never see again, talk about old times, talk about new times, have a fire and be in nature.

As this is an annual tradition, I hope to now go next year. Though next time I may take a sea plane as I spent many hours of forced downtime waiting on late Washington State ferries.

The moon and a sunset during the ferry crossing to Lopez

My lodgings for the night

Seren and Adam after a group bike ride to Shark Reef park


Bald Eagle

Deer (as viewed through a bike)

Big bee

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Morning Run

Running around my neighborhood is a regular activity, and today, I thought I'd take my camera. There is always something interesting to see.

Flowers abound no matter which route I take

A gravestone getting swallowed by a tree root at Lone Fir Cemetery

A throwback to the day

Home sweet home...always

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Danes Come For a Visit

Well, one was actually a Scot and one was a German, but the fact remains that recently Portland experienced an influx of Europeans as 8 of my colleagues from the Vestas office in Randers, Denmark came for a visit. While here, we worked on a pretty interesting IT project, did a lot of knowledge share and also took a trip to Seattle to visit Microsoft for two days.

I haven't been to the Space Needle in years but it was still just as impressive

Microsoft's campus in Redmond

A super fascinating tour of Seattle's underground

Dinner with the Danes

Final dinner=fancy clams

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Road Trip to the Tetons

Last week, 4 adventurous souls set off from Portland to journey to the wilds of Wyoming. The goal: The Grand Teton.

After 15 or so hours spent in my 'new-to-me' CRV and a restful night in Wilson, we found ourselves at the Lupine Meadow trailhead. We quickly loaded up with our heavy, heavy backpacks, said goodbye to civilization for a few days and started the rigorous hike up to 10,700' feet (quite a test of endurance for yours truly). Once we reached elevation, we made camp on the moraine field right below the Grand. The next morning my 3 intrepid companions ascended the Grand, using rock climbing and route finding skills they had been learning and practicing beforehand. As I had not been training, I stayed at base camp and tasked myself with scaring the marmots away (no need to worry about bears over 10,000') and trekking to the water source to filter water into our containers.

It was a memorable and peaceful trip. My fondest memory will be the night it stormed for hours and we all lounged in the comfort of our tent, eating dinner, playing scrabble and sipping whiskey while the wind and rain arrived and lingered over the moraine field.

Our camp with the lower saddle in view

A view of the plains below

A ball of flowery goodness

3 of my most favorite people on the planet: My rope team from my 2007 climb of Mt. Hood