My crew this year consisted of myself, my husband (aka The Hubs), my Dad (a spring Quilt Market veteran of 4 non-consecutive years) and my Mom (who has only visited market in SLC to see my booth).
Since we knew we were in for a few days of hard work we decided to play while we still had the energy.
My Dad booked an Urban Tour for us. We loaded into a van and cruised all over Portland. It was so neat to hear all the little tid-bits about life in Portland. First thing we notices was how polite people are- especially drivers. Utah could learn a thing or two from those Portlandians.
Another thing I noticed was the abundance of purple houses. I think I counted 9 of every different shade and hue of purple- and then I quit counting. :o)
After lunch we loaded back into the van to head into the gorge to see some waterfalls. Doesn't my husband look thrilled to be there with me!? :o)
This is a pic of Multnomah Falls. SO GORGEOUS! Next time we'll take the short hike to the bridge. After shopping in the gift shop we didn't have enough time :o(
After the falls we headed up to Bonneville Dam. And of course my husband started in with the "dam" jokes (Welcome to the dam tour. I'll be your dam tour guide. Have any dam questions?) It never gets old. Or does it?
The dam has fish ladders to the salmon can still get upstream. It also has windows down below the visitors center so you can see them swimming by. This is obviously a replica but we saw several GIANT fish swim by. It was really cool. Later in the week I asked my husband what his favorite part of the trip was so far and his answer was "the salmon" :o)
"Tut tut, it looks like rain." Me and my cute Mom trying to keep our hair dry. :o) Of course in Portland you always have to be prepared for rain. Although we had rain everyday it usually didn't last long and the temperature was still nice.
The only time we actually got to see Mt.Hood was on our drive into Portland. (excuse the poor quality of my cellphone through our dirty windshield :o) All the other days were low rain clouds so it remained hidden. It sure is a site to see though jutting up all by itself surrounded by valley. Just Beautiful.
I think that's enough pictures for now. I'll get to the "market" part of our trip tomorrow. :o)