Beacon Rock

Washington Oregon Columbia River Beacon Rock Lewis & Clark

Beacon Rock Washington State Park Columbia River

Beacon Rock, Washington State Park is about an hour out of Portland along the Columbia River heading east on highway 14.  This rock received its name from Lewis and Clark in 1805.  Hike up the rock for amazing views of the Columbia River or hike down a number of trails like the Hamilton Mountain trail.  It’s a great place for a picnic and just taking it easy.  Don’t forget to pick up your Discover Pass.

Did it Actually Happen?

The past week was anything but dull.  Pope Benedict XVI resigned, a meteorite hit Russia with the force of an atomic bomb, and the soap opera like story of the renegade ex-cop Dorner came to an end.  Things that we thought could never happen did actually happen and what we thought only happens in the movies did actually happen as well.  I’m starting to really believe that anything can happen!

Some interesting posts this week on the internet.

One activity that truly helped to make life more interesting was visiting Chinatown in Portland today.  Teams of Lion Dancers made their way around to restaurants and businesses to bring blessings for the new year.  The dances are complete with drums, cymbals, and firecrackers.  You can’t help but get excited with all the energy produced by these loud and colorful exhibitions.  Below are some pictures.  Enjoy!

Lion Dance Team

Chinese New Year 2013 Portland

Chinese New Year 2013 Lion Dance Team

Chinese New Year 2013 Lion Dance Team

Portland Chinese Gardens New Year 2013 Celebrations

Portland Chinese Gardens New Year 2013 Celebrations