|Weeping willows and downtown Portland|
On my way back from the roommate reunion I stopped off in Portland, OR for a work-related Arctic Horizons Conference at Portland State University. The point of the conference was to discuss the status and future of Arctic Social Science with a eye towards what the National Science Foundation should be funding - an attempt to set the priorities so to speak. The National Science Foundation is holding a number of such meetings around the country and hopes to come up with a document to help guide future funding and work.
Anyway, I had a great time and got meet a number of arctic researchers I had never met before. I also got to hang out with a number of old friends. It made a strange contrast with the roommate reunion - a reunion of work related friends.
Once the conference was over I took a walk around Portland. I crossed a really cool bridge and walked along the river for a couple of miles. Downtown Portland was reflected on the Willamette River. Then I had a pizza and beer and wandered back to my hotel through downtown Portland. I don't often get to explore in cities. Patrick
|Dramatic view of willows by river (same as pictured above)|
|River walk along the Willamatte River|
|MOD pizza for lunch|
|New pedestrian, bike and light transit bridge across the Willamette River|