Canadian Buffoon's Back to Front Vacation - Update! 05/18 - Falling Down

docsoliday1

DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever
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:hyper::hyper::hyper:


:rotfl:


You stopped sashaying?! I guess that view really was breathtaking. And sashaytaking.


:thumbsup2

Your photos this update were incredible. :goodvibes Your entire trip has made me want to pack up the car and road trip ::yes::
Come on down. I'll give you the same offer I made @vamassey1 . back yard and tent. :lmao: (and cheesecake since I was told[psst, don't tell @pkondz. I don't listen to his school house rules, I just want to be nice] I must.)
 
  • Steppesister

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    Nevermind, can't be impotent.
    I hope NOT!

    I did see it!

    Being a macro girl at heart, I love this but,....

    I REALLY love this one!!


    For about the next three
    hours, my view was similar
    to this:
    Yeah, suuuuper boring stretch.

    I was prepared to be disappointed.

    I was not.
    There is a good reason it's our #1 touron attraction.

    I was there in December and got some Wintery shots. Oblige me?



    [GALLERY=][/GALLERY]
     

    Steppesister

    DIS Veteran
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    You'll like it, I think.
    Say hi to @Steppesister when
    you're there.
    Looks like I'm just missing her
    in May.
    Well, shoot! I'll be in EPCOT, AK, and MK, but not a lot in any parks. Mostly doing ADRs and special meals with Mom around property.

    Dismeet with Liesa. I believe she lives somewhere in that of the world. She's probably worth a detour. Maybe....:p
    Yes, I do, and I probably sweeten the proposition of a Meet with a personal tour guide and recommendations for a nice dinner out. If the stars align I might also be available to offer free rooming. ;)

    :laughing:
    While you're right that
    I wouldn't be in the area
    without the invite from them,
    I was specifically in Portland
    for another reason. :)
    Oh sure, fine.

    :snooty:

    ;)



    You and Alison are partially correct. :)
    Liesa (and Kari) were the reason
    I was in the area, but there
    was another reason I detoured
    south to Portland.
    I'd say we are pretty great reasons. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
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    I hope NOT!
    :laughing:
    Worried?

    I did see it!
    ::yes::
    Not really "hidden", but...
    you have to know it's meant
    to be part of the overall group.


    Being a macro girl at heart, I love this but,....

    I REALLY love this one!!
    Well, I'm glad I posted
    it then. :)


    Yeah, suuuuper boring stretch.
    But compared to Saskatchewan...
    A rollercoaster! Thrills! Chills!...


    There is a good reason it's our #1 touron attraction.
    Hey... Wait a sec...
    You're calling me a touron?


    Well, I suppose I did stop
    at a place brimming with people.


    I was there in December and got some Wintery shots. Oblige me?
    Yes!
    And thanks for those! :)


    I saw that (like all photos on the DIS)
    from top down.
    At first I thought, "Oh, this must
    be a photo that she enlarged."
    (Because of the blur.)
    Then saw the sharp foliage in
    the bottom corner. :thumbsup2


    Well, shoot! I'll be in EPCOT, AK, and MK, but not a lot in any parks. Mostly doing ADRs and special meals with Mom around property.
    Have fun with your mom and
    say "Hi!" for me! :)
    Maybe we'll meet up another time.
    We've met... what... four times now?
    Twice in California, once at your folks
    and once at... well, that's coming up
    in about two chapters. ;)


    Yes, I do, and I probably sweeten the proposition of a Meet with a personal tour guide and recommendations for a nice dinner out. If the stars align I might also be available to offer free rooming. ;)
    I got none of those.
    True, you weren't home, but...


    Oh sure, fine.

    :snooty:

    ;)
    I think you were already up in Seattle?

    I'd say we are pretty great reasons. :thumbsup2:thumbsup2
    ::yes:: Definitely you are!
     


  • pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
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    Port Land

    It's one of those updates.
    I have no idea where to begin
    or what to say.
    I did a grand total of two things.
    All day.
    I saw one thing.
    I ate at one place.

    And both of those statements
    aren't even accurate.
    I had some breakfast at the hotel,
    I presume.
    I am positive I ate at two other
    places... but only took a photo from one.
    I also drove, so that's something,
    although not as much as the last couple days.

    I still don't know where to begin, though.
    Except it looks like I already did.
    So that's a relief at least.

    I got up at some point.
    I know this. Because I'm awake
    right now. Ergo, I woke.
    (Not that you'd guess that from
    the quality of the writing thus far.)

    I really only had two things on
    the agenda for today.
    One tourist spot in Portland to hit
    before making my way up to
    Seattle for the PNWMM.
    (Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet)


    First... time for a random picture.



    I don't know much about
    this baby rabbit.
    But two things are obvious.
    This baby rabbit must be
    filled with wisdom...
    And obviously a Kung Fu expert.
    How could it not be?


    Okay. Now for the shocking
    reveal as to why I stopped
    in Portland instead of going
    straight to Seattle.


    Well... straighter.


    I know you're going
    to be completely
    flabbergasted by this.
    And only because
    "flabbergasted" is also
    a fun word to say.


    I went to Portland's
    Japanese Garden.



    I know! I know!
    "Oh come on Ponzie!
    Not another one!"

    Yeah, Yeah... I know.
    Last one.
    I promise, okay?


    I arrived in the morning and
    had a bit of a surprise finding
    parking.
    I just assumed it would be
    easy, I guess.

    It meant a bit of a walk back
    towards the gardens, but...
    It was a nice walk.

    Along the way I saw these...
    Flowery type things.
    (Actually, no. I'm not a botanist.
    But I could play one in a movie.)





    See? Flowers.


    I got to the ticket kiosk
    and paid for my two tickets.

    Two? You ask.
    Yes. I needed one for moi.
    And one for my camera tripod.

    I kid you not.
    They gave me a tag
    to affix to the tripod.

    After some thought,
    I actually didn't mind that much.
    It prevents the park from being
    cluttered with people using them
    I suppose.
    If you really want to use one...
    then you're willing to pay for
    the privilege?
    Let's go with that.

    After paying for that privilege,
    I immediately set up the tripod
    to take a photo of the entrance.

    Gotta get my money's worth, don't I???



    Could I have taken that shot
    without the tripod?
    Actually... no.
    There were a lot of people
    coming and going and
    that particular photo
    is actually an amalgamation
    of four separate photos.
    Each taken to reveal an area
    not cluttered up with people.

    There was a path that zigzagged
    up from that point to the building
    that you can just make out
    through the trees at the top of
    the hill, in the above photo.





    It was not like any Japanese garden
    that I had ever seen.
    They really incorporated the natural
    flora into it!

    I was almost relieved when I
    finally found a Japanese snow lantern.



    At the top of the hill, I bypassed
    the building to visit the bonsai
    plants that were on display.

    I love bonsai. I find them fascinating.
    You can use native or non-native plants.
    And some can be quite old.



    The above photo is a good example
    of both of those notions.
    The one to the far right is a
    Japanese White Pine, and is
    fifty years old.
    The large one on the left is a
    Rocky Mountain Juniper...
    And is 500 years old!
    That's almost as old as
    most of my jokes!!
    (See? I told you I could play
    a botanist. You think I just
    know this stuff? Thank you
    little cards describing them!)

    I continued to wander about,
    just enjoying the various
    types and styles of bonsai.






    Eventually, I'd seen everything
    that the Portland Japanese garden
    had to offer.
    I went inside the building and
    perused the (inevitable) gift shop.

    I still haven't quite decided if
    these stairs are really cool...
    Or a law-suit waiting to happen...



    By now I was getting a bit
    hungry, so I went and sat
    at the small restaurant they
    have there.
    I ordered something, no idea what.
    (This is crack TR reporting folks!
    You're not going to find a more thorough
    TR anywhere else on your screen right now
    until you gratefully tab to another one.)

    While I waited for my food to come
    I noticed a pamphlet sitting propped
    up on the table.
    I glanced at it and started to laugh.

    I had seen all that Portland had to offer
    at their Japanese Garden.
    Small-ish garden, bonsai, gift shop...

    It was only then, when I looked at
    the map enclosed in the pamphlet
    that I realized that I hadn't even
    seen the garden yet.
    The entrance was just around the
    corner from the café I was sitting at.


    I finished eating my delicious
    meal of unknown substances
    (no! really! it was wonderful! or not! who knows!)
    and set out to see the real
    Japanese garden.
    The rest had been... just
    an appetizer.

    Okay... approaching the real entrance...



    As I passed through, I glanced
    upwards and saw this small
    Bonsho bell.



    The gardens themselves...
    were spectacular.
    And large.
    I was met with sight
    after beautiful sight.



    And the colours of some of the
    trees were stunning.



    I sashayed along the path
    to the back of the tea house.



    The large area in front
    was to accommodate the
    groups of people that would
    stop to admire the view.

    I give you... the view:



    (Yes... marred by the tall buildings,
    but still pretty remarkable, nevertheless.)

    I told you that Mt. Hood
    would make another
    appearance in this TR.

    But did you listen?
    Noooooo!!!



    It was about this time,
    that I noticed I'd lost
    my tripod tag.

    Oh well, big deal.
    I mean who is going...

    "Excuse me. If you want
    to use your tripod, you need
    to pay for that at the ticket booth."

    I turned around to see a young
    man wearing what was obviously
    an employee uniform, gazing
    at me myopically.

    I explained that I had purchased one
    (and even remembered the tag number.)
    The young man quickly got on his
    radio and announced that a guest had
    lost a tripod tag and to be on the lookout.

    I wasn't quite sure whether to be
    shocked that the tripod rule was
    enforced or amused by it.

    I was assured that if they found it,
    they'd return it to me, but in the meantime
    my description had been passed to the others.

    I never did get my tag back,
    but I wasn't bothered again either.



    I took this next photo for @Steppesister .
    I know she likes light fixtures and I thought
    this one was particularly appealing.
    Or should that be "enlightening"?



    Of course, no Japanese garden would
    be complete without the requisite
    Zen rock garden.
    This one was over the top pretty with
    the perfectly sculpted trees/bushes
    surrounding it.



    The grounds were huge.
    Easily the largest Japanese
    garden I'd ever seen.
    It covers an astonishing
    twelve acres.
    (By contrast, the one
    I previously visited in
    Lethbridge is just under
    four acres.)

    I'll just let the photos do
    the talking...
    (You're welcome.)



















    All in all...
    This garden was amazing.
    I definitely need to come
    back again some time.

    I returned to me car
    and reluctantly left.
    I didn't have nearly as long
    a drive ahead of me as I
    normally did.
    But I still had some miles
    to cross.

    About two and a half hours
    later, I stopped in Olympia, WA.
    I'd done a quick Google search
    for someplace to eat between
    Portland and Seattle and the
    Iron Rabbit Restaurant and Bar
    came up.

    I parked my caboose in a booth
    and perused the menu.
    It wasn't overly necessary
    since I already was pretty sure
    of what I wanted.
    I ordered the Drunken Sailor
    (blackened spiced tiger shrimp,
    Alaskan true cod; rum cream sauce,
    pepper jack cheese, garlic mashed
    potatoes, house-made focaccia)
    with a side of Dungeness crab bisque.



    Yeah... it was as good
    as it sounded.
    I'd go back. :)

    I will admit that the bisque
    surprised me a bit.
    I expected white, not red.
    But it tasted good, so I'm
    not complaining.

    I left, tummy full and happy,
    and drove a short hour
    and a half to Seattle and
    my hotel for the next
    couple nights.


    Today's map:




    In case you didn't see it
    in the last chapter:



    Did you see it in this chapter?

    Coming up: Seattle, the first day.



     
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    docsoliday1

    DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever
    Joined
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    I finally had time to load my pictures from Atlanta and downsize them. Looking back I really didn't get any good ones. I took some quick photos of the room because I felt it was so small and different than any room I've ever stayed in. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in the Buckhead area. It was in a really good area and very clean. No bugs. It was also less than a mile from the dance studio.

    A few room pictures.
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    The coloring was very cool & relaxing. The artwork had an Asian vibe.
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    We saw this when we exited the elevator at our floor.
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    On the ground floor.

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    I think a little better than where you stayed.
    He was downtown. You were in Buckhead.
    All the difference.
     

    missjackiemcg

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Sep 2, 2013
    Jackie (@missjackiemcg ) and I will be at MK most of the day too. I think we should be able to meet up around the times of our BOG ADRs, we can iron out the details in a PM. We are planning on leaving MK around 3-3:30 to head to Trader Sam's and then O'Hana dinner.
    A chance to meet DIS-royalty?! Count me in!! :)

    @pkondz I keep trying to follow along here and the DIS never gives me notifications when you've posted, so I was pages behind...again!! I'm LOVING your beautiful photography along the way!! I'll try to keep up, and look forward to a chance to mee you in May perhaps! :)
     

    docsoliday1

    DIS Dad #834 Cubs, Dolphins fan forever
    Joined
    Mar 12, 2008
    A chance to meet DIS-royalty?! Count me in!! :)

    @pkondz I keep trying to follow along here and the DIS never gives me notifications when you've posted, so I was pages behind...again!! I'm LOVING your beautiful photography along the way!! I'll try to keep up, and look forward to a chance to mee you in May perhaps! :)
    Not sure if you're talking about @Pluto0809 or @pkondz that's royalty.

    If the latter, I never realized the jester was considered royalty.
    :duck:
     

    vamassey1

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Oct 13, 2005
    Such beautiful pictures of a impressive garden. Everything is so lush and pleasing to the eye. How old is this garden? All the vegetation is mature. And the view towards Mt. Hood is amazing. I'm sorry you lost your bag, good thing it wasn't your phone.
     

    Pluto0809

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 25, 2012
    I went to Portland's
    Japanese Garden.
    Your TR is starting to remind me of Groundhog Day. :rotfl2:Seriously though, I do love seeing all of your pictures.

    Yeah, Yeah... I know.
    Last one.
    I promise, okay?
    No that's about the emptiest promise I think I've ever seen.

    (See? I told you I could play
    a botanist. You think I just
    know this stuff? Thank you
    little cards describing them!)
    I use that secret all the time in my TRs. I have lots of "behind the scene" pictures that I never post but help me describe stuff or just remember what we did in what order.

    I sashayed along the path
    to the back of the tea house.
    I see a little alien!

    I'll just let the photos do
    the talking...
    (You're welcome.)
    Beautiful, all of them!

    Did you see it in this chapter?
    Yep!

    Not sure if you're talking about @Pluto0809 or @pkondz that's royalty.

    If the latter, I never realized the jester was considered royalty.
    :duck:
    :rotfl:Well, I've already met @Pluto0809 so... :joker:
    :rotfl2:
     

    KathyM2

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jun 16, 2011
    I went to Portland's
    Japanese Garden.
    I think even I could have predicted that one, and I'm not even much of a regular on the DIS lol

    I told you that Mt. Hood
    would make another
    appearance in this TR.
    Such a great pic!! I was in that area once about twenty years ago and have wanted to go back since. I hope to get a chance soon.
     
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