We were so excited to have Clawdeen come visit us in Oregon!
She had quite a few of her friends from her high school here to welcome her. There was Draculaura, Rochelle Goyle, Spectra Vondergeist, Operetta, Abbey Bominable, Frankie Stein, Ghoulia Yelps and Skelita Calaveras all waiting to welcome her to our house.
After a night of some serious girl bonding where they talked and danced and ate and made friendship bracelets late into the night, they finally went to bed.
I think Clawdeen was a little surprised when the alarm clock went off at four in the morning! We had to get up and get ready for work. Once we were both ready, we headed from Beaverton to downtown Portland. We went to the 29th floor of the Wells Fargo Tower, which is the tallest building in Portland.
It was overcast and getting ready to snow, which made it hard to see out the windows at work. So I showed her a picture that I had taken earlier of a sunrise from my office.
I kept Clawdeen pretty busy that day, helping me get my work done. We were in a hurry because we were expecting snow. In Portland, a little snow is okay, but a lot of snow is a BAD thing. About ten in the morning, it started snowing and sticking. So they closed down the office about 2 o’clock, and we headed home.
On the way to catch the train, we stopped at a bronze statue of a pioneer family in Chapman Square in downtown Portland. This statue was built to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the pioneers making it to the end of the Oregon Trail. It is in one of my favorite parks downtown.
Once we got home, it really started snowing and sticking. It was pretty and white, but really, really cold. Portland got so much snow and ice that weekend that the city practically shut down. The news came on and told everyone they should be staying home and not going out because it was too dangerous.
That night we all watched the start of the Olympics. It is an exciting thing to have people from all over the world get together and compete in sports in a spirit of friendship and happiness. It was fun to see everyone so happy, and Clawdeen really enjoyed the show.
The next day we woke up to a winter wonderland outside. Madyson and Clawdeen spent the morning playing outside in the snow, which you can see was pretty deep.
Clawdeen even built a snowman. They played until they were just too cold to play anymore, so they came in and dried off.
Then we made some cookies to eat…it was a lot of fun.
I think that everyone was really happy to have the temperatures warm up later, especially Madyson and Clawdeen because they were ready to go downtown and play. Our first stop was VooDoo Donuts, of course. It is a famous donut shop in downtown Portland that people always like to visit.
Clawdeen really liked the looks of the bacon maple bar, but we settled for glazed donuts instead.
Next, we went to see the bronze statues of the animals down by Macy’s. They have statues of seals and ducks, and geese and otters. This last Christmas, people actually knit sweaters for the statues to wear so they wouldn’t be cold! Clawdeen wanted to sit by a great big seal.
She said that the statue was pretty cold to sit on, so we went into Starbucks for a nice cup of hot chocolate. Next we went down to Pioneer Place in the middle of downtown Portland. It is one block area that is used for movies, for concerts and a sand castle building contest in the summer, and also flower shows and all kinds of stuff.
They had a sign there that has directions to a lot of places. Clawdeen wanted to see which way she needed to go to get home to Delilah.
As we were running around downtown we ran into Skelita’s dad, so we had to say “hi” and take a quick picture!
We had a few more things that we wanted to show Clawdeen before she had to leave. The first was the Benson Bubblers, which are pretty bronze water fountains in downtown. One of the earliest settlers in Portland, Simon Benson, wanted to discourage his workers from drinking alcohol during the day while they were working. So he gave the city $10,000 to install 20 water fountains so the workers would have nice cold water available. Clawdeen thought they were fun to drink out of.
On our way to our last stop, Clawdeen wanted to stand next to the tallest building in Portland that she had worked at. It was dark and rainy so it is hard to see how tall it is, but if you look really hard you can kind of see how tall it is.
Our last stop was at Mill Ends Park. This park is a circle that is two feet across and is the smallest park in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. It is said that a leprechaun named Patrick O’Toole lives there. This is a picture of Clawdeen and Madyson at the park.
We got home in time for Clawdeen to grab her suitcase that the girls had given her and head out to her next stop on her way home to you, Delilah. Thank you for sharing your pretty friend with us!
We send you big hugs from your friends in Portland, Oregon!
By Susan Gabel