Monday, February 25, 2008

Sauvie island wildlife area Hike

Sunday was another beautiful day with magnificent clouds dotting the sky. We went for a hike in the Sauvie Island Wildlife area. When we got to the gravel parking lot I was pleased to find a port a pot with lots of toilet paper. We hiked along the beach and followed the road when we ran out of beach. The beach had a clear view of Mt St Helens having a steam eruption. Birds are abundant. We saw Bald Eagles, black cormorants, and white egrets. This is one of the few bird areas where dogs are allowed. Just remember to keep your dog on a leash. Until April 15 stay on the beach side of the fence. The fence is posted no admittance without a valid hunting license until April 15. You have to have a parking permit to park on Sauvie Island. It is $3.50 per day or currently $11 for the annual permit. Parking passes are available at the store that is at the base of the bridge. Take hwy 30 to the Sauvie Island bridge, go over the bridge turn left onto Sauvie Island road, stop at the store to get your parking permit, head north until you get to Reeder road, turn right, go past the school until you get to the far side of the island, continue down Reeder road past the clothing optional beach until you get to a gravel turn around and parking lot.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Yard garden and patio Show 2008

I often find February to be a long dreary month. To cheer myself up I look for signs of spring coming. A nice dry way to look for signs of spring is at garden shows. The Yard, Garden and Patio show starts Friday February 15, 2008 and runs until Sunday February 17, 2008. The show is at the Oregon convention center. 13 local wineries will be there sampling their wines. Find out what wines go with your plants. What a nice thought, a glass of wine by the pool relaxing in the evening. That is a few months off, until then I can pick out new patio furniture, buy plants that I don’t have room for, and plan an outdoor kitchen that won’t fit in my yard. Dreaming what fun.

Admission is $11. $2 off discount tickets are available at the web site under tickets. The show will run from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Portland. On the Max line.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

First Thursday Art Walk February 7, 2008

The weather report is 50% chance of showers. Those sound like good odds to me. I have cabin fever and I am going to poke my nose outside and enjoy some art. Quintana Galleries has the annual Native American and Indigenous Art Antiques Show. 120 NW 9 th Portland, OR

Bullseye gallery has more cool glass by artist Carrie Iverson, and Cobi Cockburn. 300 NW 13th Portland, OR

Attic Gallery at NW 10th and Hoyt has Oil paintings by Gage Mace.

Sadly the Margo Jacobson gallery has closed.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Ignite Portland 2

At the Bagdad Theatre the speakers of Ignite Portland 2 spoke to a capacity crowd about 750 people. The line to get went around the block. I was one of the lucky ones to get in. The rest who didn’t get in were able to watch it online. With my beer and pizza I sat down to enjoy a wonderful set of talks. The five minute time limit with 20 automatically advancing slides gave the talks a comedic timing. There were lots of laughs and a few somber moments. Talks that I especially liked were: Beauty in Abandonment - Peat Bakke; he had beautiful pictures of abandoned places in Portland, How to be an Undercover Hooker - Jessica Bruder, she shortened a seven hour class into a very funny five minute talk, Living a Made Up Life - And Getting Away With It! - Adrienne Fritze, she gave a very poignant talk about how to be a whole person after being abused, Why Deutschland Loves David Hasselhoff - Mario Schulzke, got the most laughs, and A History of the Stick Figure - Eric Lewallen, was an informative and humorous presentation.

Look for ignite Portland 3 in the spring at a bigger venue.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival

Is at the Oregon Convention center Friday February 1, 2008 from 2 to 10pm; Saturday February 2 from noon to 9 pm. Tickets are: $12 adults, $8 seniors, and $ 8 children 12 years and under. Discount coupons for $2 off the first two hours of the show are at

The first 500 adults will get a free wine glass. The festival benefits the Oregon Chapter of the national MS society.

Food item prices range from $1 and up. Wine sampling starts at 50 cents. There many delicious wines and seafoods to sample. I enjoy seeing what wines go with the seafood. And have a fun time sampling things.