We decided that having the 2010 Winter Olympic so close it would be a shame not to make the trip north. Sure, our hotel room would probably costs a quarter of what it does today but even if we don’t get to an event (ticket off in our future), the atmosphere is great. Watching the USA Hockey beat Canada (5-3) on the flat screens in the lobby of the Pan Pacific Hotel just blocks from the Olympic Cauldron almost justifies the trip by itself. Google says it is just over a five hour drive to Vancouver, BC from Portland. We were in Seattle in under three hours where we met the usual downtown traffic even mid-Sunday. With toddler-stops and lunch, it took just over seven hours in North Vancouver. The wait at the border might have been 90 seconds.
Portland: 90 minutes to the beach and mountains, three hours to Seattle, five to Vancouver and so much to do in between. What will you do with your day off?
What’s next? Movie reviews?
Sure, Mom. My mom likes everything I write. On January 20th, CBS films released their first film, Extraordinary Measures, starting Harrison Ford and Branden Frasier. Most of the filming was done in Portland. The story was predictable but it was fun seeing how Portland was incorporated into the film. The film crew found housing and filming sites by visiting the sellers of listed real estate and asked if they wanted to take their homes off the market.
When we had the Olympics in Atlanta in ’96 you HAD to find the time to make the trip!