I love Portland. It's so very walkable, and so very green.
|When I left Anchorage, the trees were bare. Three and a half hours later, I stepped off the plane to lush green and flowers.|
Also love this guy, who has somehow grown from a boy into a man (how did that happen?).
After graduation, which was actually quite nice (the speeches were thankfully short and lively), we did the most exciting thing: We went to Trader Joe's.
The next day, we headed out to Seaside to relax at the beach.
|Ahhh, the ocean! And a real beach! With sand! And water warm enough for wading!|
|My mom and my son.|
|My sister and my son.|
|One of the best reasons to visit Seaside, OR: Chocolate covered Twinkies.|
|Second reason to visit? Indoor carousel, and yes, we all rode it, hee, hee.|
I kept up my running and workouts though I did most at the hotel gym, for convenience sake. I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my family, and if that meant forsaking a few long runs, so be it (priorities, people). I ran three days, swam three days and did the elliptical most evenings.
Wednesday afternoon, after my last swim, I took the light rail (so much fun!) to Powell's bookstore and signed a copy of my book.
|Me, sopping wet from the constant rain but happy to be surrounded by books (books!)|
Traveling is odd, isn't it? We fly from one location to another yet it takes our emotional selves so much longer to catch up. I still feel off-centered, part of me in Portland with my son, part of me in the hotel room with my sister and mother, part of me soaring through the air inside a metal structure that miraculously carried me from one place that I love in order to visit with people that I love. I still feel mushy inside, and soft, the way we always do when we fully open our hearts.
I read two books while on vacation: Old School by Tobias Wolff (loved it!) and Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café by Mary Simses, which was much better than I expected, and a surprisingly well-written and funny read. I recommend both, the former for a serious read and the later for a day at the beach.