October 26, 2011
No recipe today, but hopefully you won’t mind too much, since I wanted to share some pictures from our recent trip to Oregon. As you know, Jill has been ardently pursuing photography of late, and this was her first time to travel with her new camera (a Nikon D3100, for those of you who are interested in these kinds of things). Biased as I am, I think she’s getting pretty good at this:
Neither of us had ever been to Oregon before, and it’s as beautiful as everyone says. We spent a cool, drizzly day in Portland doing very Portlandesque things: drinking Stumptown coffee, browsing at Powell’s Books (I spent the whole time drooling over cookbooks, of course), window shopping, and feasting at Pok Pok.
In Eugene, where our friends John and Courtney (and their awesome dog Matilda) live, we toured the University of Oregon campus, where there is a cemetery for Ye Olde Pioneers, visited the vibrant Saturday market, ate fantastic pizza at the Pizza Research Institute, and drank outside on the patio at the Ninkasi Brewing Company.
Most spectacular of all, though, was the day we spent exploring the landscape outside the city. The leaves in the forest had just begun to turn; verdant greens were interrupted by patches of yellow, orange, and some hints of red. We had the trail mostly to ourselves, with just the sound of the waterfalls and the easy talk of close friends.
Heading out to the coast, we chose a hike out of the guidebook that dropped us of at the top of a giant sand dune. A sand dune in the middle of a pine forest, I mean! We were dazzled. After an exuberant run down the sand, we trekked to the forest to get to the spare, windy, and completely deserted coast. It was an afternoon I will never, ever forget.