One Last Walk in Oregon (with photos)

Yesterday morning, before heading back to Portland for our flight home today, Andi and I went on one last walk, this time in downtown Eugene. Andi had a meeting planned with her sister-in-law, and I went along as far as the office building and then wandered along on my own. I was near the University of Oregon campus and decided to check it out. I found a few interesting looking places and made some Hipstamatic photos.

Sunrise over downtown Eugene

Sunrise over downtown Eugene

Andi at Voodoo Doughnuts 

Andi at Voodoo Doughnuts 

Animal House Saloon 

Animal House Saloon 

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University of Oregon 

University of Oregon 

Cannabliss Sorority!

Cannabliss Sorority!

Walking the Hills in Eugene

One of my favorite things to do when I'm in Eugene is to take long walks up and down the hills. There are steep hills to the east and south of Andi's parents' house. I wish I could take some of them back to central Ohio with me.

Yesterday afternoon I had a chance to get out for a short walk, and up the hill behind the house I went. The weather was cool and sunny, perfect for walking. There were a few dogs and their people about, but for the most part I had the streets to myself.

It's really nice to be in Oregon again. To me it feels like the right place to be.

Looking west, back down the hill

Looking west, back down the hill

Looking south, towards Spencer's Butte

Looking south, towards Spencer's Butte

Looking east, towards the Coburg Hills

Looking east, towards the Coburg Hills

A beech tree up close

A beech tree up close

Pre-dawn Photo Walk

It was raining early this morning (still is) in Eugene, Oregon. Since I'm still on east coast time and am waking up at about three AM every morning, it seemed like a good time to go out on a photo walk.

So Andi and I put on our rain gear, grabbed our cameras and iPhones, and headed out. There wasn't much going on, but the reflections were cool, so I had a lot of fun.

 

The waffle lady

The waffle lady

Voodoo Donuts

Voodoo Donuts

Newberry's? Really?

Newberry's? Really?

McDonald Theater

McDonald Theater

A public telephone? Wow!

A public telephone? Wow!

McDonald Theater box office

McDonald Theater box office

Dawn approaches

Dawn approaches

Station Market

Station Market

Eugene Station 1

Eugene Station 1

Eugene Station 2

Eugene Station 2

A metaphotogragh

A metaphotogragh

Willamette Street

Willamette Street

Walk Bikes and graffiti 

Walk Bikes and graffiti 

Return to Voodoo Doughnuts 

Return to Voodoo Doughnuts 

Barber shop

Barber shop

Spencer's Butte on a stormy morning

Spencer's Butte on a stormy morning

Cruising

Yesterday we traveled from seeing one set of parents, in the Seattle area, to seeing the other set of parents, in Eugene. In between we visited with my aunt, in Portland, while changing modes of transportation from airplane to automobile. I had hoped to take the train again, but the timing didn't work out.

During our travels I made Hipstamatic photos along the whole way, but one shot in particular stood out in my mind.

We were traveling south on I5, not too far north of Eugene when Andi said "Is that a spider painted on the back of that truck?" I looked up and saw the truck, and it did kind of look like a big black spider.  As we approached, though, the spider metamorphosed (possibly a first) into a motorcyclist (definitely a first) on what appeared, to me at least, the most uncomfortable motorcycle ever. The motorcycle's handlebars were shaped in such a way so that the rider's hands were above his head. To make matters worse, again at least in my mind, the rider appeared to be trying to draft behind the truck and was constantly in a dense spray (I forgot to mention that it was raining). Ouch and yuk, at the same time!

I really would have liked to get a photo from the "spider position," but it wouldn't have been safe to do without a moderate telephoto lens, and I'm in this Hipstamatic phase, so I waited until we were passing to make a shot. We went by pretty quickly, but somehow I was able to get the timing just right. I've only seen the photo on my iPhone screen, so I have no idea how it looks on a bigger screen, but it does appear to capture the "ouch" factor. I'm looking forward to finding out whether it also captures the "yuk." 

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Wrongo, Moose Breath

Yesterday I thought I might never again walk the Soos Creek Trail. My prediction was proven inaccurate much sooner than I expected, as I had time this morning for a shorter (four mile) walk, and I ended up, at least for a short time, on the trail.

I left the house at about the same time as yesterday, well before dawn, and returned before I noticed any lightening to the east. Needless to say, but I will say it anyway, there wasn't much light for photography. Still I did manage to make a few photos, again with my iPhone and Hipstamatic. 

A highlight of the walk for me was the very clear sky. I was able to see stars as dim as fourth magnitude. The sky in and around Orion was especially nice, and I was even able to see many stars in the constellation Lepus (silly rabbit). Jupiter, somewhere in Leo or Cancer (I'm not sure where the border is), was nice, too.

So here are a few more shots, none very interesting, but maybe better than nothing. Given that I made them while visiting parents, I'm happy to have had the chance to make them. 

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