Thursday, September 14, 2017

Northwest Road Trip - September, 2017 - #9

Now we are in Portland. Our final night in Lynden we had delicious Mexican food provided by Heather, then we worked on a puzzle together.
I kind of hate puzzles. I contributed by doing a little sorting of pieces. And breaking into song with the rest when it was appropriate. Oh, and a few funny stories of Heather and her delightful interactions as a child with her brother James.
The drive to Portland was pretty short and uneventful. We met Judy and Nancy for drinks and snacks at a sports bar near to the hotel, then settled in for the night at the hotel.

This morning we went to Powell's City of Books downtown. Love that place. I could spend hours there, not to mention many dollars. I got out for just above $100, which isn't too bad for me, and then we had hamburgers and root beer floats at "Little Big Burgers" for lunch.

I had never heard of this.
This was a cover of a little booklet I didn't purchase. The quote was great!

Surrounded. Paradise.
Yes.
Randy at Powells
Foodies in Portland. Root beer floats - they were made with Tillamook ice cream, so that's pretty cool.
After lunch we met Judy at The Grotto. Judy told us about it and it was so nice. It's a spiritual retreat that an order of Fathers, the Servite Fathers, built in honor of Mary the mother of Jesus.

The trees and foliage were beautiful.

We walked the stations of the cross. I like the Catholic church's use of statues and altars and so on.
They are like prayer starters.
This one is Jesus on the cross.
For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually (1 Peter 3:18)
The Grotto
Jude and Randy
Going to the elevator to go to the higher level.

In the meditation chapel. What a view.
A replica of Michelangelo's pieta.
View from above of the chapel.

There were several altars from various countries, reflecting their nation's traditions.
My treasure from Powell's.


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