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.
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.
- Rules of the Internet
- Social Media as Modern Sorcery
- Study Breaks Down Social Network Demographics
- Social Media Marketing: How To Turn Satisfied Customers Into ‘Brand Advocates’
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!