This Is My Kind Of School!

Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2013

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The word on the street was that Depoe Bay was the place to see Grey Whales.  We decided to follow the coast so we could drive through the small town before we cut across to Portland.  As we arrived at the town there was tons of cars pulled over at a lookout.  It didn't take long to see the whales everyone was watching.  Caleb spotted a whale first by seeing the spray from the blowhole.  Eventually we all saw at least one of the 4 whales.  We used our binoculars and could still watch them once they went below the surface.  We tried to follow their breathing pattern so we would know when they were going to come up for air.  They captivated all of our attention and we hated to have to leave and get back on the road.
Pheasant Ridge RV Park where we were staying in Wilsonville just outside Portland was great.  They had an indoor pool that was lots of fun and the kids rode their bikes a lot there.  The gardens and flowers were really nice and we spent some time just relaxing at the campground in between the never ending loads of laundry.
Portland had lots to see and do and we started off going to Burnside Skatepark.  We had read it was a place where professional skaters came to practice alongside the city kids.  We thought that would be pretty cool to see but when we got there found it to be more of a local hangout for the down on your luck crew.  There was only one guy skateboarding but the ramps were pretty cool.  Maybe we just arrived at the wrong time of day!
We teased the boys saying that we had registered them to spend a day at a local elementary school.  They laughed it off until we arrived at the McMenamins Kennedy School, parked, and started to walk into the school.  They both started to think we were serious until we told them that the school had been redone inside and now had a restaurant, brewery, hotel, soaking pool, gift shop, and a movie theatre.  They both breathed a huge sigh of relief!  It was very cool inside and it still had a lot of the characteristics of a school.  The front office became the hotel registration and had the old switchboard on the wall.  They had tiny water fountains in the halls and some of the classrooms became hotel rooms and some were rented out for private parties.  The detention room still had the sign outside the door but had become a bar!  Hilarious!  The gym was turned into the movie theatre and they had couches and armchairs as seats with coffee and end tables between them.  They had a full restaurant and bar outside the theatre so you could order dinner and they would deliver it to you at your couch during the movie.  We had a great dinner watching the movie "The Croods" and Bruce and I enjoyed a couple beer, almost feeling like we were on a date!

We felt it was important to provide the kids with a little art and culture between the Vegas shows and wineries so we took them to the Portland Art Gallery.  They had been to the Louve in Paris but other than that they had only gone to children's museums and nature or natural history museums. Everyone enjoyed looking at the art and sculptures and we were only there about 5 minutes before the giggles started in front of a naked sculpture of a man and woman.  Boy, I can't take Bruce anywhere!  After the kids contained themselves we saw many exhibits from European Art, Native American, Asian, and some great photography as well.  Some of the modern art pieces the boys weren't very impressed by and felt they could do a better job! They had a neat exhibit about bicycles through the ages called Cyclepedia.  We really enjoyed ourselves and I see more art galleries in our future!
We walked through some of the South Park blocks and found a great statue of Abe Lincoln. Next we took the Aerial Tram above the city and could see Mt Hood one direction and Mt St. Helens the other way.  It was beautiful and everyone always loves the excitement of a gondola ride.  After dinner we watched the movie "Goonies".  This was a childhood favourite of Aimee's and tomorrow we were going to Astoria where the movie was filmed.  The boys loved the movie and were all psyched to see the "goondocks" the next day!
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Holly Cassidy on

I actually laughed out loud at the dig at Bruce about the statues!! Carter will be so jealous about the whales!! :)

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