|Multonomah Falls, Portland, OR|
Coming off an exhausting two week trip from Italy and coming home to loads of bad news- our dog Kona passed away and then three days later found out our other dog, Bailey, had emergency surgery to removed a burst spleen, which we found out was cancer. On top of all of that, a new school year was rapidly approaching in a week, and I felt like my classroom still needed a complete makeover. Although this trip was planned for months, I was guilt-ridden as to whether or not I should leave my family during such a tumultuous time. After some emotional days and nights, Sam convinced me that it was ok to leave, visit friends and family, and take time to have some much-needed fun with my best friends.
I departed for Portland on a Tuesday and spent two days with my Uncle Dave- my mom's brother- Aunt Kathy and my cousin Katie. We had a great time! We ventured out on a road trip through the beautiful wooded area of Portland, visiting Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge, and crossing the river into Washington for a lovely lunch by the river.
|The Columbia River Gorge|
|Hallways of the Kennedy School|
|Uncle Dave and Aunt Kathy on the Portland Underground Tour!|
|All of my girls at the Box Social, Portland, OR (and Chris too!)|
|Eli looking HOT.|
|Karen, Betsy, Steph, Abby, and Eli|
|Karen, Laurie, and Betsy|
|Steph and Eli|
|What a view!|
|We even enjoy the ride over...|
|Our limo for the night!|
|Steph and Bets|
|Laurie on The Brew Cycle|
|Karen, Steph, and I at Lucky Labrador|
|A Portland shout out to Iowa...|
|Abby and Betsy at Bridgeport Brewing|
|Up to no good... |
The following day we walked to Pine State Biscuits for breakfast. Unique and awesome. Get there early. I had this delicious andouille sausage corn dog with spicy mustard. Hell yeah! That is what I call a breakfast!
|Seven hot bitches...|
|Delicious meal at The Jade Teahouse|
|Abby and I at the Box Social|
Then it was back to reality...