Pittock Mansion

He writes in this font, she writes in font.

"I want to show you something... I think you'll love it." Megan told me as we relaxed on the couch after a productive little work session. It was last Saturday afternoon and the day was outstandingly beautiful, warm, sunny, and the perfect touch of breezy.

Throwing outfits together quickly, we were in the car and on our way to this mystery location in under fifteen minutes. I mention the quick turnaround time because she usually takes about four times as long as me to be ready... or maybe I am just impatient. Hey! I don't take that long.

As we left the urban landscape  of the Pearl District and the road started winding, I wondered where we could possibly be going. I’m not sure how long we drove. It didn’t seem very far, but I cannot be sure because I was mesmerized by the beauty of lush forest, shade, and fresh air. These are novelties to me still — nothing but dirt and plants that could prick you with spiney needles surround Phoenix. Isn't it incredible that we can find such natural peace within the city limits of Portland? It always amazes me. 

“Next right: Pittock Mansion

The sign caught my attention and I asked, “Darling, is that where we are going?” She smiled, but did not respond. It was a sneaky smile if you ask me. A few turns, zigs, and some zags later she was searching for a parking spot as I gazed — awestruck — at the beautiful home on top of a hill.  

She was right, I was amazed. I knew you would be! Pittock mansion is one of my favorite places in all of PDX. In addition to the views and elegance of the mansion itself, Henry Pittock's story blew me away more than anything. Yes, I am a history nerd and love to learn about extraordinary people that build a world out of their own will power. I pulled out my phone and googled for more information after reading the brief summary of Mr. Pittock's life at the entrance.

How inspiring. This man moved west with nothing and laid the groundwork for Portland out of his own vision and work ethic. Dreamily, Megan and I talked about our own plans to work hard and build something meaningful in the Rose City community that we love. #Letsbuildsomethingtogether is our new mantra.

Megan's friends came to meet us a short while later for a little camera tutorial. Honestly, I am not too sure what they discussed because at that point I got lost in a book. I lose sense of everything around me when I start reading. Leo Tolstoy's The Law of Love and the Law of Violence is certainly an engrossing book that kept me captivated.

Recently, my friend Sanja asked for my advice on purchasing a new camera. I have been eyeing the Fujifilm X Series for quite some time after a few of my fellow photographer friends showed me theirs. It was love at first sight (or shutter-close?).  Fujifilm X Series are not only the most adorable and timeless designed little mirrorless things, but they are incredibly powerful. I will refrain from getting too nerdy, but if you are looking for a small camera with a full-sized sensor to capture everything from portraits to landscapes, this is the little camera to buy. Consequently, Sanja purchased one and while Guy was reading, I gave her and our friend Christina a crash course on using their cameras manually.

The next thing I knew, Sanja and Christina were employing their recent lesson and snapping pictures of us.  Megan said "look up honey," and I realized that it was now time to get some pictures and put Mr. Tolstoy down.

We had fun following their direction as we moved around the Mansion for what I hope are “good shots.” Typically, Megan and I either take turns snapping pictures of each other or battle with a tripod and timer to attempt capturing pictures together. Having other people there to take pictures and tell us what looks good is a luxury we seldom enjoy. And if you ask me, they may be professionals in the making! They did a fantastic job!

I'm glad Megan took me to Pittock Mansion. Spending the day outside with beautiful scenery and lovely friends was perfect. With each visit to the Rose City I feel more and more certain that this is my home.

That's all, for now.