We're up in Oregon, at my Mom's house right now and about to drive up to Portland tomorrow. AFAIK.
The trip up on Saturday... uggggghhh. The fire sitatuion is just a disaster. We drove through varying degrees of smoke for six hours of the 8-hour trip, and that included a fire in Central Oregon near Grants Pass (Redding was the worst-- fires still aren't under control there). Smoke in Oregon has shifted toward Eugene the last several days, though it's pretty high up. In Sacramento, the high smoke was keeping temperatures down a little, but here it seems to be holding the heat in.
Since we arrived, we've done a lot of visiting and straightened out my mother's need to be taking antidepressants again. I also picked a bunch of blackberries, and had homemade blackberry pie for the first time in about 14 years. \o/ How I have missed it! We also drove the McKenzie River Highway (and old highway) from Eugene to Sisters yesterday, stopping at Proxy Falls and at the Lava Obervatory. Today, we drove to the coast, went to the beach for a bit, and drove back. We took two different routes, so we saw a lot of scenery.
In Portland, we'll be visiting my sisters, and I hope to walk at Tryon Creek at least once. It's been several years. Last time, I was still running, but plantar fasciitis has kept me sidelined for two years now, so walking is as good as it gets. :(
I would also like to go to the Saturday Market and Powell's, but mainly, I'm hoping the rest of the week goes well.
Here's a look at the kind of food I hope not to be eating while up there: The Hipster Bar Menu. (Let's not pretend that Brooklyn is the only place you'd run into THAT sort of cuisine)
Meanwhile, our son is home working and watching the house. Which thanked him yesterday by breaking the A/C when we're not due back for a week. \o?