The week closes and Saturday rolls in bearing another weekly Portland blog. Happy weekend and wow, what a week we had. It had seemed as though winter was here for the long haul until last weekend when beautiful, clear skies opened up and the sun came out. I'm pretty sure we've had more than our share of sun spots this week and many opportunities to fall in love with Portland on a stunning autumn day. The leaves are starting to drop in my North Portland neighborhood of Piedmont but on a dog walk this evening, I discovered roses still in bloom. Only in Portland.
Morning falls on Alsea Bay, Oregon
Crabfest 2011 was charmed from the get-go. The same awesome weather in Portland was present on the coast. Imagine Alsea Bay: sunny, crisp and clear and the dungeness crabs practically jumping onto the boat- if you can imagine a crab jumping, that is. We stayed at the Waldport KOA Campground and just fell in love with the place. A very small, no bathroom cabin -but one that has electrical and heat- costs $52 per evening and the bed was actually comfortable! The campground itself overlooked Alsea Bay and after a nice, long day of crabbing, we spent the evenings with a roaring fire, stars and a moon, some Bridgeport IPA, freshly cooked crab and some s'mores. Heav-en.
Seals sleeping the morning away on Alsea Bay
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Photo credit: Michael Barton
Imagine my delight to come home to my very own compost pail compliments of The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Composting food scraps means less waste in the landfills and helping to create nutrient rich fertilizers. I also learned a lot about what is compostable- for instance, I had no idea that I could compost used pizza boxes, bones and eggshells.
Halloween is around the corner and our Portland Halloween Events list is growing scarily long. The following are Portland events you're dying to know more about...
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The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Michael Barton who shares with us a nice series of OccupyPortland photos which are highly recommended. Get a sense of the peaceful chaos down in Portland right now.
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Michael will get a $20 gift certificate to local business, Powells Bookstore.
The labyrinth that is Powells Books is the largest bookstore in the United States. Spanning a few city blocks and several floors, you'll wander in an aimless bliss from section to section. You'll need breakfast, a nap, a masseuse and potentially a shrink to help you through your journey through the maze of books and endless color coded corridors.
Featured Portland Events
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar for free (pleased read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
October 13, 2011 at 7pm to October 31, 2011 at 10pm – Old Town / Chinatown If you've seen the "Ghost Hunters", "Ghost Adventures", or "Paranormal State" TV shows, then this is the right adventure for you! Unexplained mysteries, ghostly adventures, and spooky stories abound…Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: halloween, event
October 10, 2011 to October 31, 2011 – Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm The 2nd annual fall Pumpkin Fest will celebrate the harvest season from grinding wheat to learning about the crops grown on the farm. Visitors will have a chance to travel the giant hay maze, the 5 a…Organized by | Type: festival
October 11, 2011 to October 31, 2011 – Sauvie Island Sunday through Thursday from 9am to 6pm and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 9pm. "Portland Pumpkin Farm & Twilight Maze is having its Annual Pumpkin Harvest at Bella Organic on Sauvie Island! Bri…Organized by | Type: festival
October 12, 2011 to October 31, 2011 – Memorial Coliseum The three most horrifying haunted houses in the whole Pacific Northwest, FrightTown returns to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Friday, October 7th! A festival of fear awaits you at every turn! Last…Organized by | Type: haunted, houses!
July 2, 2011 at 10am to October 26, 2011 at 2pm –Downtown Dates Wednesdays, May 4th through October 26th Times 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Location The Wednesday Downtown Market is located in the South Park Blocks at Shemanski Park between SW Salmon & SW…Organized by Portland Farmers Market | Type:
October 15, 2011 to October 31, 2011 – "Milburns" Haunted House / Milburn's Haunted Manor 2011 - We dare you to come to our house! Milburn's Hall of FameMilburn's Haunted Manor 2011.Our 9th year! AdmissionHaunted Manor Organized by Milburns | Type: portland halloween
October 15, 2011 to October 31, 2011 – "13th Door" Portland Oregon's #1 Haunted House is the 13th Door Haunted House, rated PG-13. Scary, frightening, horrifying and the best ever haunt in Portland. The 13th Door Zombies are scratching at the walls…Organized by 13 | Type: portland halloween
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events on the calendar. Please feel free to add your own as well.
Mt Hood is a dormant volcano located 50 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon. Surrounded by a natural forest, Mt Hood is a staggering 11,245 feet high, the highest peak in Oregon. During summer, Mount Hood is a popular destination for hikers and backpackers, and offers many activities and attractions. By winter, the mountain becomes a hotspot for skiing and winter sports. Visible for literally hundreds of miles around, it's estimated around 10,000 people attempt to reach the summit of the Mt Hood each year. Mount Hood is home to glaciers, commonly referred to as snow fields, sitting about 6,000ft, just above the tree line, giving the mountain an intriguing contrast in color and formation. Mount Hood is home to many different activities, which differ by season. Mount Hood is one of Oregon's top tourist destinations in the state and never fails to impress those who visit, whatever the season.
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