Life in Portland Area

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David initiated this trip so that he (and I) could attend the National Convention of the Libertarian Party which was held in the Portland Hilton. Here are Barbara and David on the curved stairway from the main lobby to the Ballroom where we registered Friday afternoon. Barbara and David. =0=
Brian. Powell's Books.
David has a pretty nice camera in his phone and took loads of pictures. Above is one of me at Elmer's and of Powell's Books. Barbara became a librarian because of her love of books and she was way happy at Powell's Books, a local landmark. Just a couple of blocks from the Hilton is Pioneer Square where we had lunch during the convention. Pioneer Square.
Brian. David and Brian.
At the end of the last day (Sunday) there was a reception and banquet with coat and tie required so we wore out suits for the day. The pictures above and here were taken with David's camera. Above is a picture of me on the phone and one of David and I. The colors in this picture are all kablooey and I haven't reinstalled the software I use to correct that sort of error (too much yellow). Blah! If you notice my beard is coming back. Brian.
Cooper Mountain Winery. =0= Cooper Mountain Winery. =0=
It seems that Oregon produces some nice wines and David and Barbara wanted to visit a winery. I got a picture of the winery itself (the tasting room and facilities, but it was lost (bad diskette). This winery may not grow their grapes around here very long as the city seems to have found this area (it is outside of Beaverton, OR for now) as you can see above. It is in a pretty area. On our way back we went to an amazing Asian market. They had all sorts of things from food, a restaurant, book store, dishes, kitchen stuff, etc.. Quite impressive. Sort of a Wal-Mart super center of Asian goods. Uwajimaya Asian Market. =0=
David had read that one of the three largest fireworks displays West of the Mississippi was at Fort Vancouver and wanted to attend. We spent the day and started with a visit of the rebuilt Fort Vancouver which had been a British trading fort (of the Hudson Bay Company) from about 1820 to about 1860. They traded manufactured goods for beaver pelts, but moved North to Canada when there were too many farmers (Americans) and not enough beavers. This is the kitchen behind the main house. Below on the left is the view of the main house as well as the blacksmith shop where they would make chain and whatever other metal works were needed from the iron shipped from England. Fort Vancouver, WA. =0=
Fort Vancouver, WA. =0= Fort Vancouver, WA. =0=
In the various buildings (only a few of which have been rebuilt to date) there were people who would explain what life was like in the fort. It was never attacked. It is in a large park as well as a smallish U.S. Army facility. There was live music all day with people covering the fields and enjoying the weather and music (below) as well as fireworks after 10:15PM. It lasted about 40 minutes and was quite impressive though my camera (as always) did a poor job of recording the display. Fort Vancouver, WA. =0=
Fort Vancouver, WA. =0= Fort Vancouver, WA. =0=
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