Seattle to Portland

It’s been a busy week, much of which has involved burning the candle at both ends.  Here’s a quick run-down of what I’ve done and seen:

Friday, June 12:  Fly to Seattle; arrive late at Mel and Michael’s in Bellvue

Saturday, June 13:  Hike Rattlesnake Ledge (one of the most crowded hikes I’ve ever done, but spectacular nonetheless).  Swim in the lake at the bottom (wow — why isn’t anyone else swimming here?  It’s perfect!)

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Farmers market at Issaquah

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Walk around Kirkland with Mel, Michael, Naomi, and Zach

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Wine tasting at Mark Ryan’s release party at Woodinville, followed by a late dinner and wine with Mel, Michael, their kids, Jess, and Greg.

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Nice to be with the Whim folks again!

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Sunday, June 13:

Walk in the woods behind Mel’s house — Bellvue has a great trail system — up to a view of Mt. Rainier.

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Went to the farmers market in Ballard with Mel and Naomi, and then it was time to head to my conference.

The conference (June 13-17) was at the campus of University of Puget Sound, which is a lovely place to stay.  Here’s the view from my dorm room window:

IMG_4780 I don’t have much to say of note about the conference, except that I had one wonderful meal (and drinks at the Hilltop Kitchen), gave a well-received presentation on alumni tracking, and very much enjoyed hanging out with my colleagues.

On Wednesday, June 17, a group of 25 of us departed Washington for Portland.  On Wednesday afternoon, we saw Reed College and then checked into the Heathman Hotel (it’s supposed to be famous; I’m not sure why).  Had a great meal with a few friends at Olympia Provisions.

Thursday, June 18:  Morning at Lewis and Clark College.  They own a mansion with the best darn view in all of Portland (that’s Mt. Hood at the end of the sweeping vista):

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And here’s the mansion:

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Then I said goodbye to my tour-mates, rented a car, and headed to my cute airbnb bungalow in the Alberta Street district:

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Wandered around the shops, bars, and boutiques of Alberta Street, then headed to Castagna for dinner (modernist cuisine — lots of chemistry, including a dessert that was smoking from liquid nitrogen when it hit the table) and the Multnomah Whiskey Library for drinks.  Here’s the “library”:

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