A Great Weekend with a Great Friend.


A friend of mine that I met about 4 years ago working as an intern for Walt Disney in 2006, Alyse, came to visit me in Portland for a few days. This was her 2nd trip to the beautiful Northwest, and we had a blast. The first time she came we went all over just so she could see some major things, like Seattle, Pike’s Place, and the very first Starbucks coffee shop. I took her to the Oregon Coast so she could see the Pacific Ocean for the first time, since she is a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and currently lives in Orlando, FL (where we met). This time we decided to keep it local, and just in the Portland Metro area. I took her to Multnomah Falls, downtown, Hawthorne and a few other places. We even did a little “Twilight Tour” at the Vista Inn where the filmed the prom scene in the first film. We took our now traditional Ben & Jerry’s photo opp, at the Ben & Jerry Ice Cream shop on Hawthorne, ate at some great local restaurants including Montage, and the Wild Abandon. I even squeezed in time for us to do some crafting, and we took a Earth Day Creative class at the NW Paper Source store. It was a fun and relaxing time, and she seemed to really get a kick out of the Northwest lifestyle. Here a just a few pics from our 4 days together.

Card Making at Paper Source in NW Portland. Reusing catalogs to make adorable cards.

Alyse and I at the Vista House overlooking the Columbia Gorge.

The View Point Inn, where the filmed the prom scene in the film Twilight.

A sign at the end of the “walk of fame” for Twilight movie buffs. The cast and the “characters” purchased tiles to mark that they were there.

Edward ❤ Bella

“Tradition”, our new favorite thing to do when she comes into town. 🙂

Alyse’s last night, we went to a friends show, “Norman”, and then to VooDoo Doughnuts! Great way to end the trip!

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