Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It actually worked

What a fun weekend. I went up to Washington for a girls weekend with a couple of friends. The best part was that the friend in Washington thought I was the only one driving up. Little did she know that I was also bringing a mutual friend of ours who had come all the way from Florida to surprise her. Somehow we managed to pull off the surprise. The look on her face was worth all the subterfuge and teensy white lies.

Happy tears are so much better than the other kind.

Along with hours of chatting and laughing we also managed to do some serious sightseeing. Luckily the weather cooperated and the Floridian got to see some of the Pacific Northwest at its best.
From the bridge at Deception Pass
The other side
Mt. Baker
Mt. Baker again
Mt. Rainier
Close up of glaciers on Mt. Rainier
Narada Falls at Mt. Rainier National Park.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Flugtag comes back to Portland

Flugtag came back to Portland yesterday for the first time since 2004. If you ever have a chance to see this event, you should.

What is Flug (from the website):

Red Bull Flugtag challenges teams of everyday people to build homemade, human-powered flying machines and pilot them off a 30-foot high deck in hopes of achieving flight! Flugtag may mean "flying day" in German, but all these crafts ultimately splash into the waters below. They are judged not only on their flight's distance, but creativity and showmanship as well.

The 'aircraft' and I use that term very loosely were really fun and creative. We didn't stay for the whole event, but watched about 10 'Flights'. Our favorite was the flying Winnebago by team Space Balls which won the people's choice award.

This one looked like a jet made out of giant lego blocks (it flew about as well as lego)

OK - so this is clearly not on of the flying machines, but from where we were watching on the Hawthorne Bridge I was able to get a couple of pictures of the USS Blueback (see OMSI)

Baby Afghan for a Friend's Grandson

Yarn Red Heart TLC Baby
Color - Bunny Print