The Great Minnesota Get-Together

Minnesota State Fair 2009 was record-breaking for attendance with 1,790,497 visitors, three of which were Michels-Boyce’s. I didn’t try any new foods this year, just made sure to hit the classics: cheese curds, Sweet Martha’s cookies, and the all-you-can-drink-milk stand. However, “deep-fried-hotdish-on-a-stick” caught my eye. Maybe next year.

-Display of winningest Peach Jams.
-Goat gets up in my face during the awards ceremony.
-My parents go gothic.
-Looks like first-timers to the Giant Slide, an attraction of which I have many fond memories.
-I tried for a banana, I lost. This kid apparently has friends in high places.
-Sweet Martha’s Cookies. Enough said.

Portland Parks

Portland has both the the smallest park in the world, Mill Ends Park (452 sq in.), as well as one of the largest parks in the US, Forest Park (5,157 acres). They also have a lot in between. (In case you were wondering, NYC’s Central Park is only 843 acres.)

-Mill Ends Park, world’s smallest park as recognized by Guinness Records. Located in the center lane of SW Naito Parkway.
-A woman in Laurelhurst Park in SE Portland at Sunset.
-What flowers are these? Rose Gardens in Washington Park.
-Chelsea looks up to a huge rose in the Rose Gardens in Washington Park.
-Jogging along a path in Forest Park.
-Midnight walk in Laurelhurst Park with Jen.
-Moon glows above the treeline in Laurelhurst Park.

Misc. Portland

Days 23-29

I am SO grateful to everyone I met who made my visit in Portland incredible. I feel like I got to see a lot of the city’s highlights as well as experience a slice of everyday life. Jen, Al, Danielle, Brittney, Chelsea, Nate, Julie, Emee, Ben and Betsy… I miss you guys already. This is a diverse collection of images across seven days. Caption-type info below.

-Ballerinas with the Oregon Ballet Theater prepare to go one stage during a free dance show along Belmont Street.
-Walkway under the Morrison Bridge, over the riverside jogging path.
-Jen brings out the cake for Emerson’s birthday.
-Playing with bubbles at Laurelhust park.
-Touring 3-on-3 arena soccer tournament downtown.
-Brittany Smith uses her yoga-muscles to balance on a block of ice as she rides it down a hill at Laurelhurst park.
-A plethora of fresh produce on Jen’s table in the morning light.
-Danielle and I wait for the #15 bus toward downtown to get dinner and visit Deschutes brewery.
-Traffic lights blur over the Burnside Bridge in front of the White Stag sign in Old Town.