Back to work. Back to reality. No more sleeping in, staying up late and eating out. For now, our big adventures are on hiatus. But we will have our little adventures, here and there, every week and every day. Just a matter of perspective. I still have a lot to write about our past few weeks and an analysis of our vacation expenses, so I’ll hunker down this upcoming weekend for the real update. But for now, it’s time for bed!
Last Sunday I was able to enjoy the McMenamins Cosmic tripster party and as a reward for completing the McMenamins passport program. Unfortunately Lisa was not able to attend because she was on the East Coast, so I had to represent for the both of us. The event was scheduled from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., and I arrived around 3 p.m. to huge lines to get in. It took me just under 20 minutes from getting in the line to checking in. Event organizers informed us that there were about 1600 people at the party, which was held at the Edgefield because the space is large enough to accommodate this many people. It was still very hot, and a lot of the Shaded spots were taken, so I spent the first couple of hours just finding different places to cool down that had some semblance of a breeze. The party offered up free drinks like wine, beer, cider, and Cocktails. Each guest also received two vouchers for one entree each. There was live music on stage, plenty of lawn games to play, and opportunities to explore the grounds with special passport stamps available. All in all I was impressed with the party and the organization despite the hot weather and the number of people. I am just bummed that Lisa was not able to enjoy this experience with me. So I guess that means that we will just have to complete another passport! As a matter of fact, this is the 6th annual Cosmic tripster party and there were some people who have been to all six of them, meaning they had completed 6 passports!
Last Sunday I braved the almost 100° temperatures to ride in the North Portland Sunday Parkways event, a nine-mile car free road course for walkers, cyclists, rollerbladers, and more. The city of Portland puts these on about once a month during the summer all over the city and it is a great opportunity to enjoy Portland with lots of other people having some fun and exercise.
Last Friday I was able to finally meet Markus, a Couchsurfing host that Megan and Timothy stayed with during their European trip a few years ago. They introduced Marcus to the world of Airbnb, and one thing led to another, whereby this past April Curt and Becky made their way to Germany and stayed with Markus and his family for a few nights. It was now Markus’ turn to visit the states, and last Friday we all got together for a barbecue and to hang out and swap stories of traveling, parenting and whatever else! I was also able to meet baby Conner for the first time.