Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Science Spectrum

Another place we had never been was to The Science Spectrum! 

First we went to a movie in the OMNI Theater, it was different from any theater I've been in! And then we went and explored the museum!

We had fun spinning tops!
And then had fun spinning Matt!


We had a great time!
After the Science Spectrum, we had a late lunch and then Dad decided it was time for him to go back to Dallas. We had such a great time with him here and were sad to see him go! Thanks for coming Padre!!

Buffalo Springs Lake and Ransom Canyon

On Saturday morning, we got up and went exploring. We decided to do some things none of us had done yet. I have a list of things that I want to make sure Matt and I do during our last semester here at Tech, so we started out to Buffalo Springs Lake. 

After being at the lake we decided to keep going just a little bit farther and go to Ransom Canyon. They were basically connected, but it was neat to see the area from both sides!

We saw this crazy house-like-thing and had to get closer for more pictures!
Dad loved it!
This one was across the street...

What's up with people in Ransom Canyon??
They're creative, that's for sure!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Cagle's Steakhouse

Dad pointed out that the Cagle brand is made of horseshoes!
On one of our first weekends back in Lubbock for our final semester, Dad came to visit! He brought us the couch that Peter gave us and took back the futon that we were borrowing from Marshall and Jennifer. He stayed with us for about a day and a half and we were able to do some fun things together!

Friday night, after unloading and reloading the furniture, we went to Cagle's Steakhouse for dinner. Matt and I had never heard of this place, but we loved it and are so happy to know about it now!! It's on a ranch, and is only a few minutes from our apartment! 
Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures inside!
I love this old Raiderland sign!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Good-bye Oregon!

A couple of pictures from the airplane of a mountain! 
We had a great time, but were also very happy to be headed home to Texas! :)

Green Portland

So, Portland is a very "green" city. We definitely felt like we were in a foreign country at times with the things we saw! I think they speak for themselves!!

In the Portland Airport
At The Bite of Oregon

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Al Forno Ferruzza

While we were at The Bite of Oregon, I ate a piece of pizza and tried to take a picture of the guy tossing the dough in the air, remember?

Well, this pizza was the BEST pizza I've ever had in my life. So on Thursday night, before our Friday morning flight, we decided to get pizza from that place for dinner. 

We went in with our coupon from The Bite of Oregon and met the owner's father who served us. He told us that he is from Sicily and he immigrated to the USA and then got married and had children. His son decided that he wanted to open a pizza shop (because he is a FABULOUS chef!) and so he is helping his son out in the shop. They have an amazing thing going for them! I would go back to Portland just for another pizza from this place!!

Unfortunately, I didn't take my camera in to pick up the pizza, so these are phone pictures!
Ferruzza's Oven (the Ferruzza family owns the pizza shop)
The owner's father, who we talked to the whole time is the man in this mural.
The person who painted this mural is the guy who made our pizza.
Margarita Pizza, with Pepperoni on Half

Shakespeare Garden

Inside the Rose Test Garden there is a separate garden called the Shakespeare Garden. Every plant and flower in it are mentioned in something Shakespeare wrote.

The International Rose Test Garden

Once we were back in Portland, we went to the International Rose Test Garden. In this garden, people make different hybrids of all different kinds of roses and every year some winners are chosen. These winners are then mass produced and put into retail stores for purchase. How cool!!

Here are the current winners, that are being sold all over now!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Octopus Tree

A short walk away from the lighthouse is this tree called the Octopus Tree.
It doesn't have a trunk!
Crazy, right??

We basically walked through a forest to get to the Octopus Tree, it is so random- among all of these trees! Aren't they beautiful??

Cape Meares Lighthouse

The path to the lighthouse
Beautiful views, everywhere!!
Cape Meares Lighthouse
We weren't allowed to go up to the top because some vandalism had been done to it during 2010 that would just get worse if people were going up and down the stairs in the lighthouse.