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For the last day of the trip, we drove up the Columbia river gorge on the historic highway ( by which I mean, a narrow twisty road, but with spectacular views). Apparently everybody else who had come to the area for the eclipse and stayed an extra day was doing the same thing, it we kind of expected that.

There were about three things I really wanted to see, and we managed two of them. (The third was Mt. Hood, which we did see looming faintly in the distance when we were driving in the day before, along with Mt. St. Helens, which I had had no idea was so close to Portland, relatively speaking. Anyway, due to the now somewhat expected smoky haze, the visibility didn’t allow for views of any of the big volcanoes, so we skipped the drive up to the top of Larch Mountain.)

However, I very much wanted to see Multnomah Falls, and at that, we were successful. At top, enjoy a slightly off-center view, a gif of the water falling, and The Famous View, which is the one in ALL the photos and paintings. It was pretty great, even with the heavy crowds.

The other stop was Vista House, a 1925 structure on a promontory. The lovely exterior photo of same is thanks to one of my traveling companions, Nicole, because like a dope I forgot to take one. (Also I apologize for essentially two of the same photo, looking east; I don’t know what I was thinking there, and I can’t seem to edit it now.). Anyway, lovely views despite the haze.

And then with a visit to Salt & Straw, a gourmet ice cream place with wacky flavors, our trip to the Northwest was essentially over!

Next: HOME.

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journal spreads from my birthday weekend - i visited the Tate Modern with a friend, took lots of photos, and ate pancakes, then went to the beach with my family the next day, it was sweet! 

Yours truly in front of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

I’m not going to post my other Acropolis photos since there are millions of such pictures floating around the net, in textbooks, etc. But it seemed silly not to post anything about our Acropolis visit. So here I am in front of the real-deal art history celebrity, the Parthenon.

I wrote a paper about the Parthenon as part of preparation for this study away. I studied the geometry of it, theories about how it might use the golden ratio, and some of the history of its use. All interesting research that doesn’t need to be repeated here. But anyway, despite some claims about this building being overrated… I wasn’t disappointed when I got to see it. <3