Sunday, October 23rd, after spending a delightful Thursday with Marianne from SoCal, The Midwest hooked up with the Northwest. Our very own Magnolia Blossom and her DH flew from Illinois to
Tacoma to see their son John who is stationed at McCord Army Base in Washington state.
Side note: Thank you John for your service to our beloved USA! I salute you and all the service men and women who voluntarily make up the armed forces in this country
to protect our freedoms! I would have loved meeting you and personally thanking you.
With a limited (and uncertain) amount of time to spend with her son, Magnolia Blossom gave us an entire day to spend with HER. What a gift! Christine NICU RN and I first met MB at Mauigirl’s home during
the Las Vegas bash this past May. We were very excited for her to come so we could connect again. We were also very happy that she would get to meet Avon.
MB drove down from Tacoma and we drove up from Albany to Portland, Oregon . We met at the Train Station where she could park her rental car and hop in my little car for a PNW tour, Portland style, beginning
with a slight detour east.
We began the 40 minute drive to the beautiful Multnomah Falls east of Portland. As I pulled onto the freeway, MB said “Oh, I saw the Falls on the internet and was hoping I’d get to see it.”
Having met Lora in LV, I learned that she is an explorer and adventurer. (as am I) I knew right then, we’d made a good choice driving up the “GORGE” to the Falls.
There were no uncomfortable reconnecting moments or getting to know you awkwardness what-so-ever. All four of us immediately began talking and yapping; all at once and one over the other until we arrived
at the Falls. It felt like we’d know each other since forever. Well, that’s where the tide turned. The first thing we saw walking up to the Falls area was this sign:
We walked on further to cross the creek bridge when Avon brought to our attention a male Salmon fighting the current in his attempt to “swim up stream” to do what comes naturally this time of year….SPAWN.
After witnessing a few “love” encounters, (which btw, was viewed by countless onlookers) the jokes began to fly…. This set the tone for our day. We were gonna have fun!
Me taking a picture of you taking a picture of me.
I think there's a theme here!
Just before we started our hike up to the Water Fall
Multnomah Water Falls in the background
Lora, the tourist
What a beautiful trio!
This is where our hike ended. We're about a third of the way to the top.
The falls and surrounding scenery were beautiful, but we had other fish to fry (get it? … fish) so we headed back to Portland for more adventures. It was on the drive back that MB cracked me up so bad,
I almost wrecked the car. Well, STB….. AR would most probably edit, so I cannot tell you here what she said that got us all so tickled. We’ll just have to figure out a way to let you know. It’s been 2 weeks since and I’m still Laughing and Laughing!!!
Once we were back in Portland, we drove round and round the city and made stops to see lots of things that make and keep Portland Weird. A tagline and badge of honor Portlandiers wear proudly, “Keep
Portland Weird” is their motto.
Painted on the side of a downtown building
We visited the downtown Food Truck District.....
Sampling Food bites
hmmmmmmm, what should I get?
Well, looky there.... Magnolia Blossom and Avon
ate lunch at the famous Jake’s Restaurant....
A wonderful time of eating and visiting
Stood in line at the television famous, “Voodoo Doughnuts” just to get our sugar on...
Avon & Christine NICU RN placing their order.
Notice the window behind Avon.... people standing in line
Most often, there is at least a one hour wait (sometimes more)
Magnolia Blossom's purchase for her DH & DS
We ended up at the Saturday Market under the bridge where being weird is an art form.
Piano man "peddling" his music - Literally
Have you ever seen anything like this?
Our last adventure was a short ride on the Max, Portland’s transit system.
A quick tour downtown via the MAX
It was getting late and time to head back to the train station to deposit our very tired friend so she could get started on her 3 hour drive back to her family in Tacoma. It wasn’t until she got back
that her husband noticed a burst blood vessel in her eye. We can only surmise it was from laughing all day.
I can’t remember laughing so hard in a long while. Avon’s a hoot, Christine NICU RN’s got a quick wit and Magnolia Blossom is just down right funny! I laughed that day until my belly hurt. We had a time
I will certainly not forget.
I’ve said this before; the peeps I’ve met from this site are wonderful. They’re all very different and come from all walks of life. It’s been MY TRUE PLEASURE and blessing. Thank you Magnolia Blossom
for spending time with us that Sunday. Many Hugs To You!