I spent my first five (2002-6) New Years living in Portland…in Portland. I never had a “great” one, though. Some were tolerable, some weren’t. Maybe it’s all the expectation on making the New Year holiday “epic”? So I decided to actually work towards this epicness, and started my annual tradition of going out-of-town for the holiday. The first two years (2007-8) I headed out to the Columbia River Gorge for a solitary holiday. In 2009 I took the train north to Vancouver, BC. In 2010, the first New Years with April, we took the bus out to the coast and stayed in a yurt at Nehalem Bay. Then the past three New Years (2011-13) we took part in the regular cabin camping trip to Stub Stewart State Park. All of these adventures had been fun.
I had thought about going out to Stub Stewart again for New Years 2014, as it’s a pretty easy trip and people are going out there. But it’s starting to get stale after doing it for three years, and it might be a bit weird since it would be without April. So I decided to do something different and booked Amtrak tickets to Seattle for the holiday.
Seattle, our “sister city”.* I’ve been up there scads of times since moving to Portland, but it’s been a long time since I’ve done a real trip up there. The last time I spent more than a day in change in the Emerald City was 2009! So it will be nice to go back and have some time to explore.
I’ll be taking the Amtrak Cascades up there on Monday night, December 30th, and then heading back down on Thursday January 2nd. Live in Seattle and want to get some coffee or something? Get in touch!
*Everyone in Portland would rather have Vancouver BC be our sister city, but alas.
I fully support this plan.
Shawn, I recently passed through Seattle on a ten-hour layover, and there were nice hand-drawn (mass printed) posters advertising, “Portland is Happening Now!” Nonetheless, I hope Seattle holds all the epic excitement you seek.
The new blog looks great.
Enjoy the Emerald City, and Happy New Year!