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TRAVEL TIMES!

 I'm going traveling in November, folks! 

I'm excited. My BFF is getting married down in the San Diego area. Which seems PRETTY FAR AWAY considering I've never been south of Seattle on this coast.

So, the current plan is to drive to Portland, leave my car there, and then fly Portland to San Diego. Spend a couple of days in San Diego (see a CHEETAH) and then fly back to Portland, pick up the car, and drive home again.

Why Portland? I'm going to be perfectly honest... I want to see the BridgePort BrewPub that stood in for Leverage HQ during the 5th season of Leverage. Other than that, I hear Portland has a cool bookstore? and some fancy donuts? I honestly don't know. Also, due to wedding/BFF hangs, I'll probably only get a day or two in Portland and most, so I gotta prioritize.

In San Diego, I'm gonna try to do the Cheetah run at the San Diego Safari Park. 

Anyway, haven't booked anything yet, but I'm SUPER JAZZED.

SO BE JAZZED WITH ME!

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borgmama1of5
Sep. 2nd, 2017 01:52 am (UTC)
Will you be passing through Bellingham WA on your drive?
hells_half_acre
Sep. 2nd, 2017 05:30 am (UTC)
I will indeed. I may pass through there even before then, if I go visit my sister in the Seattle area in September or October. I haven't decided yet!
raloria
Sep. 2nd, 2017 08:28 am (UTC)
Look at you just globe trotting all over the place! :D
Oh, and the bookstore in Portland is called Powell's. I've never been there, just know it by reputation. ;)

I take it you'll be driving south on 1-5? You'll pass right by me. Do you suppose we could meet up somewhere briefly? I've got some presents for you!!!
hells_half_acre
Sep. 5th, 2017 05:11 am (UTC)
Powells! Yes, apparently it's a "must" according to my friends. So, I will go there and attempt not to buy books that I don't have time to read. :P

I've actually ORDERED books from there before through Amazon, ironically. They had some rare used books that I couldn't find anywhere else.

PRESENTS!! Hahah, yeah, for sure we can meet up. I'll probably be driving down on Monday the 6th, I don't know if that works for you. I could also catch you on the way back too... which I don't have a solid day for yet, but might be the 16th or the 17th, but I'll let you know!
amberdreams
Sep. 2nd, 2017 08:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds fab! I hear lots of good things about Portland - it's supposed to be one of the most environmentally friendly (and unAmerican) of cities. Have fun!
hells_half_acre
Sep. 5th, 2017 05:08 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing it. I'll probably only get two days there, but I have a local friend who can hopefully maybe show me around a little (if he or his wife aren't too busy working.)
metallidean_grl
Sep. 6th, 2017 04:07 am (UTC)
Um, I live in Portland and I don't consider our city to be unAmerican. Our motto is Keep Portland Weird, but we are definitely patriotic.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 6th, 2017 06:14 am (UTC)
By definition, being in America, makes Portland American! :)

America is a tapestry of different cultures and cities, and I look forward to seeing the Portland part!

amberdreams
Sep. 6th, 2017 08:13 am (UTC)
UnAmerican doesn't mean you aren't patriotic.
metallidean_grl
Sep. 6th, 2017 08:26 pm (UTC)
And we are all definitely American, so I guess I don't understand what you mean by unAmerican.
amberdreams
Sep. 6th, 2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
Unlike other American cities I suppose.
metallidean_grl
Sep. 6th, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. That doesn't make sense to me because I've been to other cities and Portland seems just like any other city, so not sure where you got the impression we were unlike other cities. Have you been to Portland before?
amberdreams
Sep. 6th, 2017 09:14 pm (UTC)
Never! I've read about it and Portland came up in my hubby's MSc for your use of cycling and walking, and general embracing of environmental stuff. Over here certainly we think of Americans as being totally car-dependent and virtually allergic to walking. :D
metallidean_grl
Sep. 6th, 2017 10:23 pm (UTC)
I get it now. When I first saw that I thought of it as a negative comment, but now after reading Alix's comments and yours I understand it better. Yes, we are very much a city that loves is bicycles, and with all the parks and recreational possibilities around us, hiking and walking are definitely up there. I live in a burb of Portland called Beaverton, and over the last several years they have developed and improved this walkway that winds around the entire city. It's really cool. You can join the path at several different locations throughout the city, but they are all now connected and paved. It's pretty cool.

I do love this area and love Portland. We like to think of ourselves as a big city, like Seattle, but we are the heart of a smaller city.

If you are ever this way, you should stop by for a visit in the Spring or Summer. So many places to go and see here. We really do have a beautiful city.
amberdreams
Sep. 7th, 2017 07:42 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely a compliment :D. If I ever do go back to the US, Portland is on my list!
hells_half_acre
Sep. 6th, 2017 08:52 pm (UTC)
My guess, as I've heard the sentiment expressed before - is that they meant it as a compliment, and by "American" they meant the negative American stereotype.

Portland, being a really environmentally friendly city, filled with nice people, etc... goes against the bad-press that America gets for not being progessive environmentally or socially.

It's a problem of course, defining progressive policies as "unAmerican" as though the quintessential character of Americans IS the backwards negative one that the rest of the world hates, which just isn't the case. The majority of American are not that horrible stereotype.

There's a great quote by one of our former PMs about what it means to be Canadian: "There is no such thing as a model Canadian. A society that demands uniformity creates intolerance & hate."

I think it's the same with America. There's no such thing as some quintessential "American" - if you are a citizen of America, you are as American as any other. Same goes for cities. Portland, being on the West Coast, I think shares a lot of similarities to Vancouver in terms of climate and culture - I know your bike culture puts ours to shame! But that doesn't mean that Portland is Canadian - just as much as it doesn't mean that Vancouver is American! We just live on the same coast and both like biking and beautiful scenery. :)


Edited at 2017-09-06 08:53 pm (UTC)
metallidean_grl
Sep. 6th, 2017 10:30 pm (UTC)
I get it now. Thanks for the clarification.

Yes, when I first read it I was thinking of it as a negative comment. We here up in the Pacific NW, and that includes Vancouver, do have a different culture than other areas, which is one of the reasons I love this area so much. The city planners are always trying to find ways to make better bike paths on the roads and walking paths in the parks and recreation areas. We love our greenery and forests, which is why everyone is so up in arms right now about the Eagle Creek fire. I do love the scenery here, there is nothing like it. Although some states do come close, they just don't have the mountain ranges that we have here.
supernutjapan
Sep. 3rd, 2017 01:50 pm (UTC)
Wohoo!! My bf used to live in San Diego and I was there for her wedding, and we visited her with the boys when they were little -the zoo was really nice! Good memories. Funny - she now lives in Portland :D
hells_half_acre
Sep. 5th, 2017 05:07 am (UTC)
Small world!! :)
kailita
Sep. 5th, 2017 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm so excited for you! I grew up in San Diego (actually a small town in North County, but close enough). It's a lovely place. I hope you have a wonderful time!

Also, I know you haven't watched any Jessica Jones...but I'm in the middle of Defenders, and there is a LOT of Matt Murdoch being cute and noble (maybe not in that order) and Foggy has a role to play as well, if a small one...so if you ever get around to watching it, let me know. :)
hells_half_acre
Sep. 5th, 2017 05:06 am (UTC)
OOoo, well I'm more likely to watch it now that I've gotten that news! I still haven't finished Luke Cage - this summer just got WAY too busy and I'm behind in EVERYTHING. So, tons of catching up to do.

My friend is actually getting married in a small town on the coast, north of San Diego. So, who knows! I might actually end up in your old stomping grounds!

I'm really looking forward to the trip. It also helps that I haven't taken an actual vacation (as in, not just a long-weekend) in over two years. :P
metallidean_grl
Sep. 6th, 2017 04:06 am (UTC)
o, you're coming down to Portland huh? You'll have to keep me updated, I might have some time to meet you for something, depending upon when you come in to town. As far as things to see, in November there is not as much, because of the weather. I would tell you to go up the Gorge and see Multnomah Falls, but that whole area is now engulfed in flames, so you could go see the devastation of what a wildfire does, instead of the beauty of the area. there is a coffee house that would be interesting for you. It is called the Rimsky Korsacoffee house. It is quirky, like Portland, and you especially have to go up to the bathroom. If I think of something else for you to see I'll let you know. And oh yea, Powell's bookstore on Burnside. The bookstore takes up the whole block and you could literally spend the whole day in there if you wanted to.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 6th, 2017 06:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation! And please if you think of anything else, let me know. :) So far, I have Powell's down as a "must" according to all sources. So I'll definitely be going there. And also someone recommended a brewery to me - but yours is the first coffee-shop rec, so I'll add it to the list.

I'll probably save the scenery for another trip, when it's not quite so sad... I hope you're doing okay in the smoke. It's smokey in Vancouver too, because of the Washington fires. (Earlier this summer is was smokey because of the British Columbia fires). It seems the fire season is just traveling straight down the coast. :(

On a happier note - you want to meet up when I'm there, I'm totally down for that! Right now, it looks like I'll be there on the 7th and the 15th/16th, though I haven't actually booked anything yet.
metallidean_grl
Sep. 7th, 2017 08:11 pm (UTC)
It would be nice if we could meet up for a short time while you are in town. Unfortunately they are weekdays so I couldn't meet up till evening. Any of those days would be fine with me. I don't get off till 5pm, so we could meet for dinner, or one of those days is a Thursday, if you don't have SPN viewing plans I can always cook us something, or we can order a pizza or something out and have a viewing SPN party on the Thursday. Whatever works with your schedule best, I'm fairly flexible.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 7th, 2017 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ooo! A viewing party sounds great! I may be missing SPN the week before though - we'll see. Unless I get back in time to the hotel to watch it (and figure out what channel it's on.)

I'll reserve Thursday evening for you :) I'm sure the friend I'm staying with will be sick of me by then!

But if Thursday doesn't work out, another evening would be good to. I realize that it's inconvenient that I'm coming mid-week, so whenever you can fit me into your schedule is fine. But of course, my preference would always be to watch SPN with a fellow fan! :)
metallidean_grl
Sep. 7th, 2017 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thursday is a date then. We can order pizza and wings or get Mexican, Italian, whatever suits your fancy. If there is a restaurant you have heard of that you would like to get something from we can do that. I'm easy.

Also, if you don't get to watch the episode before that week, we can watch the previous weeks episode before that weeks episode. So, don't worry if you don't get to it. Maybe I'll see if I can get off work an hour or 30 minutes early so we are not so pressed with time. It shouldn't be a problem if I give enough notice. We'll finalize plans as we get closer to the date. Cool.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 7th, 2017 09:34 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I'm excited! :D
metallidean_grl
Sep. 7th, 2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
:-)

I still have your t-shirt too, so I'll have it here for you instead of mailing it.
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