All three of us loved the mill tour. It was very interesting and informative. We loved working together as a group to try to identify different types of beans.
And getting to touch all the exotic (and familiar) grains they mill was really neat.
After a delicious lunch (all about Portland's food tomorrow!), Erin dropped us off at OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Trevor and I loved all the hands-on science activities and displays. We appreciated the number of exhibits that appealed to kids (and adults) of all ages.
We've been to a lot of science museums over the years and OMSI was one of the better ones in terms of number and type of activities, as well as pure entertainment value. However, both Trevor and I noticed that they could have done a better job with signage explaining the science behind an experiment or activity, or giving the solutions to brain teasers. There were signs and OMSI is definitely educational, but we both would have preferred even more learning opportunities. Still, we both recommend OMSI for anyone visiting Portland with kids.
Our hotel was about a mile away from OMSI across the Willamette River. Fortunately, Portland is very pedestrian friendly. We enjoyed a leisurely walk back to downtown.
On Wednesday, March 14th, Trevor and I started our day at the Portland Art Museum. Wow. Just wow.
We loved the temporary exhibit about LAIKA, the makers of the Oscar-nominated films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings (affiliate link).
The pictures don't begin to do it justice. We absolutely loved getting up close to sets and figures used in these gorgeous movies.
And it was so interesting to learn about the whole process of bringing these films to the screen. Every person who had a role in making these films is truly an artist and so gifted at what they do.
The LAIKA exhibit runs through May 20, so hurry and go see it. It is totally worth it, even if you have to make a special trip to Portland from wherever you live!
The other exhibits of the Portland Art Museum are fabulous as well. As usual, I was most drawn to the native art. I cannot get enough of beautiful handmade pottery, basketry, and beadwork.
This Chilkat ceremonial robe was particularly interesting to Trevor and me. There was a documentary that accompanied it that taught us all about it, which you can actually view here. The CCNA Interwoven Radiance exhibit closes June 24, so hurry over and see it before it's gone.
Trevor has been to enough art museums that he's getting pretty good at spotting the masters, and the Portland Art Museum had plenty to see.
Trevor and I concluded our visit at the Common Ground exhibit. It was incredibly powerful and gave me a chance to have a very important discussion with Trevor. I am glad to have experienced it with him. I did not take any photographs in this exhibit, but many of the images remain burned in my mind. I strongly recommend this exhibit for middle schoolers and up, but would not recommend it for young children.
There's one more destination I would recommend if you're in the Portland area, which is the Capitol in Salem. It's about an hour south of Portland, so we actually stopped there on our drive home.
This will probably sound weird, but my favorite part about Oregon's Capitol was the carpet!
We've toured a lot of Capitol buildings now (Salem was #16) and this was the first time I took photos specifically of the carpet in each room.
The funniest part was that the gift shop sold socks in the same patterns as the carpets! I didn't buy any, but I can't say I wasn't tempted.
I also loved this gorgeous piece of artwork.
It's made of little colored pebbles and other natural materials.
This mixed media piece was stunning too.
Tomorrow I'll share all the amazing food we had to eat during our visit to Portland. It really is a foodie paradise!