Portland Walk With Heather

To celebrate Heather’s recent birthday, on Friday afternoon Heather and I went downtown Portland and walked around. We visited the cutest puppies1Little buddy! at Pioneer Courthouse and walked around The Bite of Oregon to get to the waterfront.2We also walked by some young gentlemen standing in a doorway, one of whom remarked, “Rockin’ sunglasses!” I took it as a compliment. ;-) We walked by city hall, the parks, and into the Pearl. We found REI and window-shopped their bikes, kayaks, and SUP’s. We walked through Jamison Square, by the post office, Portland Union Station, and back to the waterfront.

We were getting hungry, so we found a food cart and ate a couple of humongous burritos. Oh, my!

Not ready to leave yet, we walked by Pioneer Courthouse square where Flicks on the Bricks was setting up. A little farther west in Director Park, we rested our feet in a cool pool while watching acrobats and dancers.

We walked through Finnigan’s and then, finally, found our car.

What an awesome walk!3Google maps says we walked eight miles. Yeah, I feel it…

Mid-October Lunchtime Walk, Part II

Hillsboro is back to October weather: instead of yesterday’s blue skies and 73°, today is overcast and might reach 62°. In other words, it’s beautiful!

After all, “There’s no such thing as bad weather; just bad clothes.”1Thanks, @MaryRarick!

So, like yesterday, I grabbed my camera and set out on a walk. I had hoped the soft light would yield better pictures than yesterday’s, but my cheap point and shoot camera didn’t know which leaf to keep in focus.2Or maybe, it’s the operator. Nah… ;-) Oh well. The colors are gorgeous.3A little vector magic and the focus doesn’t matter. ;-) Click the picture for colorful goodness.

How is your October?

Mid-October Lunchtime Walk

Shortly after noon, I looked up from my desk to see a balmy1Upper 60’s. Not a cloud in the sky. mid-October day inviting me to a lunchtime walk. Who was I to decline?

Grabbing my camera, I headed out for a clockwise 1.5 mile walk around Hawthorn Farm. I snapped pictures of fall leaves in between kicking and stomping the acorns scattered about.

Halfway around, I spied a great blue heron stalking. I paused to take a picture and saw it strike, coming up with a small creature in its bill. A mouse?

A one o’clock meeting placed a hard stop on my trek, so I hurried the remainder of the circuit.

Another beautiful day!2Aren’t they all? :-) :-)

Walking Home

Taking advantage of my few remaining days having a short commute,1My commute is one mile from kitchen to cube. After my cube move in three weeks, it will more than triple to 3.3 miles. Feel my pain. :-D I walked home from work today. I enjoyed the additional light, the flowers announcing Spring’s soon arrival, and the flowery fragrance of dryer sheets.

A Few Pictures I Like

I started carrying a small camera with me. It’s just an inexpensive point and shoot, but along the lines of The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You, it’s better than the DSLR sitting on the kitchen counter. After all, the worst photo is the one you never take.

I went exploring with Ashley yesterday and discovered that our local Barnes & Noble changed its hours. Fortunately, we were still between opening and closing times. When I go shopping, I’ll take pictures of things I want to remember to research later. Ashley knows this and asked me to take a picture of a book. This is how she held the book. :-)

A bit of blue enticed me outdoors for a lunchtime walk today. I snapped a couple of pics of the sky (of course) and water droplets on a BMW’s moonroof.