Richard's North American Odyssey 2003

15 March 2003 - Portland, OR (km 5,611)

The trip to Portland was fairly uneventful.  Although I did have to take a rather circuitous route to get to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.  The displays were very interesting, but the best part of the museum was the "Hot Shop" where you can sit and watch glass artists at work blowing glass.

After arriving at Michelle and Harry's it didn't take long for us to start talking pens.  While Harry looked over my Skyline collection, I got to enjoy his executive size Skyline.

The next day I took some time to catch up on e-mails and my log.  Then Michelle took me on a tour of Portland.  We went to the outdoor market (under one of the bridges), then walked back to her office building where most of these pictures were taken.  It was raining on and off and I managed to catch this rainbow over the city.
I liked the architecture of this building, but I couldn't capture the intense colour of this building as a shaft of sunlight hit it but not the other buildings in the area.
The storm clouds rolling over the hills provided a dramatic background for the view of a hill top residential section of the city.
On the way home we stopped at the Contemporary Crafts Gallery (  The gallery is tucked away in a little visited part of the city (this picture is out of the gallery window).  There were a great number of artists displayed (and for sale).

They also had a display from their permanent collection titled Designed by War.  It recognizes the influence war has had on human creativity, specifically as it relates to craft design.  The exhibition includes 40 works by artists whose designs reflect wartime displacement, migration of peoples, cross germination of cultures and the natural tendency to seek inspiration within one's boarders.

After a great dinner, I got to watch Harry keep playing with his new e-Bay snipping software.  I'm not sure introducing another Skyline collector to Auction Sentry was such a good idea, but what's done is done.

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