What I’ve seen of Oregon so far is very nice. Lots of trees. That kind of shit. On my last night in Seattle, Heather, Andrew and I went to see “Wall-E” which is fantastic. Really lovely film. Stunning animation. The next morning, Thursday, I got to see some of Seattle’s famous rain on my way to the train station.
And it was a lovely three-ish hour journey to Portland. Well, it was for the most part, as long as ignored the smelly, nose-pickin’, phlegm-hockin’ guy next to me. For the most part, though, it was nice, because he kept on dozing off.
Kraig was at the station to meet me, and he brought me here, to Estacada, about 30 miles outside of Portland, where he and Barbara live in a house with a beautiful big garden and four splendid dogs. They’ve shown me a good time since I’ve been here. We drank booze, ate hot dogs, played pool, went to a Fourth of July parade, went up to Timberline Lodge (the place used for some of the exterior shots of “The Shining”), saw lots of fireworks, visited several waterfalls and had some fairly average Mexican food.
Here’s some photos of the parade.
And here’s one of a neighbouring town’s fire truck (for further funnily-named places fun, keep on scrollin’, cowboy).
This is Timberline Lodge, plus something to remind you of its cinematic claim to fame, and the view back down from the lodge.
A couple of the waterfalls in the area, and a nice view along the Columbia River.
Earlier this afternoon, Kraig and I went into Portland to watch their Triple-A baseball team, the giggle-inducingly-named Portland Beavers play the Tacoma Rainiers. A fun game it was too; Portland down 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth with a 3-run homer and some comically poor defensive work giving them Beavers a 4-3 victory.
And, finally, it doesn’t get better than this, chuckle fans…