i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
10:46 AM: the great pumpkin(s)
we went pumpkin picking yesterday at sauvie island. this is the third year we've done it, and we were surprised to find so many other people there on a wednesday afternoon! we were in one of their furthest fields and the pickings were slim, but after finding the spot where they must have piled the passable pumpkins, we walked away with two modest globes that will make for good carving tomorrow. i also picked up lots of little pumpkins and a butternut squash to try for soup.
we found the loudest tree i've ever heard: dozens of birds chattering in an old dead tree. the geese were busy flying away from the grey october skies, but they missed the double rainbow that seems to appear each year we go to pick pumpkins. instead of driving straight home, we drove as far as the road would take us, past the sauvie island wildlife preserve & the clothing-optional beaches.