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hiking! wahclella falls

My mom, sister and brother-in-law are in town and I wanted to take them on a beautiful and simple hike after we visited Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is gorgeous but the hike to the top is steep and not for those who don’t hike steep trails frequently.

Further down a few more exits is Wahclella Falls. It’s an easy hike with lovely forest views and a trail along the river. It’s only about a mile before you arrive at the end and it opens up to a large pool of water and a spray of mist.

Punchbowl Falls

This morning I hiked to the lower bowl of Punchbowl Falls in the gorge. Pretty “beginner level” hike although the trail is pretty rocky. I also would be wary of small children or dogs on this trail since there are some pretty narrow portions of the trail the border on a very high drop.


Rose Garden

Stumptown. Bridgetown. Rose City.


I love the rose garden in Washington Park. This time of year is a little early for the roses to be so far along but it has been a very warm spring. I didn’t want to miss one of my favorite parts of Portland so I spent some time this morning touching and smelling.

I love roses. I don’t care if they are cliché. They are classic – like black. There are so many varieties and yet they all share they same velvety soft petals and sharp thorns. They have varying fragrances some even with what I would describe as bright like lemon. And the colors! The shapes!


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portland: rose city

Recently, Alyssa visited Portland, and we made a special trip to the International Rose Test Garden. Thousands and thousands of roses are in bloom all at once. It’s absolutely intoxicating and brings me back by scent to a special time in my life. It may be cllche, but there is something I adore about roses. Their elegance, the thorns, the soft velvet of their petals. My favorites are red or yellow.

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The rose below was especially striking due to the black edges.jamie carey

jamie carey

jamie carey

interview series: Kylie Streed

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I met Kylie at our mutual friend Brian’s party. Kylie and I were sitting by each other on the couch commiserating about our gluten free lifestyle. We were both eyeballing the cookies while making chit chat. She mentioned she was a hairstylist, and I reported I had just that week gotten my hair cut. I had my hair pulled back and also was wearing a hat. I dutifully showed her what I was feeling rather apathetic about and she responded by saying we should cut it! I agreed!

She cut my hair with regular scissors in the hallway at Brian’s house in the middle of a party. I love her spontaneity and her infectious laugh. She’s a warm and caring person who is now my new hair stylist!

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Jamie: Tell us a little about yourself.

Kylie: I was born and raised in sunny southern California, but now I choose to call Portland my home.  I’ve been specializing in men’s haircuts for a little over eight years.  I feel like the luckiest person alive because I get to make a living doing pretty much my favorite thing in the world.  I also love to read; I have at least three books dog-eared at any given time.  That’s right– books.  The Kindle makes me nervous and doesn’t smell nearly as good as ink on fresh paper.

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Jamie: Southern California and Portland, Oregon are practically complete opposites in some ways, yet really similar in others. What do you love about both places? And what do you miss most about SoCal? I’d love to know about some of your favorites places and restaurants too!

Kylie: They really are so different from each other.  That’s what’s so nice about still having family in California.  I get to enjoy for a few days and then come back to reality– kind of like playing with my friends’ kids.  I love the warmth and smell of California.  Maybe my olfactory system is super sensitive, but I think all places have a unique smell.  I love that in Portland, you can walk to your neighborhood theatre and watch the Country Music Awards or just a basketball game with fellow beer drinkers.  There’s such a strong sense of community here.  What I miss most about where I grew up is the Mexican food!  not many things are fried in lard up here in the northwest, unfortunately.  I did find one restaurant that comes pretty close to SoCal- There’s a divey little joint on East Burnside called Ole Ole. The tacos are to die for and very affordable!  Which is good, because everyone in Portland is either retired or working on their doctorate.  Another place I love specializes in Ethiopian cuisine.  No jokes, please.  It’s called Bete-Lukas.  The owner is a kick and the food is always fresh and delicious.  And because I have three stomachs, I can’t forget about dessert.  Rimsky-Korsakoffee House in the Buckman area is as out there as it gets.  Incredible and interesting hand crafted pies and coffees.  But, beware of the bathrooms- that’s all I’ll say.

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Jamie:  I thought I was a die hard paper book person too, but my friend Jill gave me a Kindle, and I was surprised how much I do like it! It’s been a lifesaver living in a small place. Haha! What kind of books do you read?

Kylie: I’ll read pretty much anything that I’m given or is recommended to me.  I get a lot of books as gifts. It’s pretty interesting to see what people come up with.  You can always tell what kind of person someone thinks you are by the books they give you.  Chuck Pahlaniuk is my favorite author, so I’ve read all of his work.  You may know him from such titles as, “Fight Club.”  I’m really into science fiction and memoirs.  I’m just fascinated by humans; I’ll read anyone’s story.

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Jamie: You seem like a brave and fearless person. Does anything scare you?

Kylie: Turning thirty!  No, but seriously, a few things do.  I’ve always been deathly afraid of heights.  Once I’m at 30,000 feet on an airplane I can relax–sort of.  But skyscrapers…forget it.  I also have a healthy fear of large dogs; it stems from some sort of childhood canine trauma, I’m sure.

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Jamie: I used to love flying, but I like it less and less these days. I do like heights though. They remind me of dreams I have had in which I can fly. But let’s circle back around to the hair cutting thing: when did you get interested in hair cutting? And why are you specialized in men’s hair? What inspires you? Tell me all the things!

Kylie: Do you ever fall in your flying dreams?  I heard that’s good luck!  Hair cutting…let’s see. I’ve been fascinated with the entire beautification process for as long as I can remember.  When my parents would have guests over, I’d walk around the room and paint everyone’s fingernails.  I’m sure I did great work at four years old!  

Whenever my dad would go in to get his hair cut, even if it was early in the morning, I’d go with him.  I’d sit in the lobby and watch intently.  I loved the sound of the shears snipping the hair and how effortless and graceful the stylists looked while working.  Later in life, I was always the first in the house to notice when Dad came home with a fresh haircut.  His face looked brighter and he seemed to have a spring in his step.  Men’s hair holds my interest because of the precision involved in cutting, and even styling it.  Women’s hair is fun to look at and play with, but the technician in me loves dealing with tight shapes and weight lines.  It’s also fun to show a man that a good haircut really can make a difference in how he feels and even acts.  I feel that the extra time and attention I’m able to devote to my clients gives them a certain confidence and dare I say…swagger?  

I love to flip through cheesy magazines like US Weekly to see what the “beautiful people” of the world are doing with their hair.  Since my shop is in a men’s clothing store, I also draw a lot of inspiration from expensive suits.  I like to give my clients a haircut that will enhance their style and maybe even get them to switch from a polo to a nice sport coat.

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Jamie: Would you like to share some internet links?

Kylie: www.facebook.com/hairbykyliestreed

www.schedulicity.com (online scheduling.)


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Thanks to Kylie for participating in my interview series! If you have any questions for her, ask in the comments below! (And go get a hair cut!)

interview series moving forward and some reflective thoughts

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Last year was one full of great changes for me.

David and I left Phoenix to move to Portland at the very end of February. I had lived in Phoenix my entire life. My original plan was to move after college, but it took a little over ten years.

We went from owning a large home to renting a small (725 sq ft!) house! We learned and are still learning to pare down what we have. It helps that we don’t live close to any big box stores full of inexpensive and tempting things. There’s a sense of accomplishment to let go of things we’ve been holding on to both physically and emotionally.

After finally getting my health under control in 2012 and moving at the beginning of 2013, I was finally able to get a job in a new career. I am so grateful for those who saw my potential and ignored my lack of experience. I am grateful for the teammates who help me with the steep learning curve everyday and make my job a fun place to work. I am full of joy to move forward and learn new skills and grow. Thank you: Jarnigan, Jesse, Wael, Jordan, John, Kenny, Mike, Ian, Robert, Lucas, Matt, Will, Grant, Raul, Charlie, Mel and Alison.

I am thankful for my friends and family who have visited me here in Portland bringing pieces of home. I love showing my new city to you. I still have so much to discover each day about this magical place full of artists, trees, and quirky shops. Oh and the food. Thank you Tom, Sarah, Jill, John, Stacy, Erica, James, Tim, Anke, Judy, Chanelle, Gabe, Susan, and Bree. (Am I forgetting anyone?)

And speaking of food, what a perfect city for me! Restaurants that label their menu with gluten free indicators (GF)! Chefs who understand special diets and embrace the diversity of their patrons! Hooray!

Just under the gun, Stephanie slid into Portland. She left Phoenix before I did, but overshot and landed in Seattle. She just moved to the neighborhood last month! I am thrilled to have one of my best friends back again.

We visited Phoenix in May for my little brother’s wedding. It was originally going to be a destination wedding, but they changed their plans. It ended up being just perfect for them: full of friends and family. Dancing, eating, toasting, drinking…so full of emotion and celebration.

I rode my bike to and from work about 10-11 miles round trip along the river on a bike path from the beginning of October to the end of November. So maybe about 460 miles? I suppose that isn’t much for you regular cyclists, but quite a lot for me. I am excited for the mornings to warm up a tad (50 degrees please!) and the sun to extend it’s daylight hours so I can ride again.

In some sense, my blog has suffered because of my new life. I feel compelled to be outside so often. I love exploring and when I am at home, I like to unwind with my knitting. I have met so many wonderful people here though, so I want to continue my interview series and increase the frequency. I can’t believe I only interviewed three people in 2013!

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Interview Series: Corey Pressman

I first met Corey at the sausage making class at Portland Homestead Supply. He was the instructor but seemed more like a host of a party. (If you get a chance, you really should take his class. It’s like an intimate dinner party where you get to help make the food.)

The thing about Corey is he is one of those clever and charming people that you feel like you’ve known forever. He’s a great conversationalist and super intelligent.


Jamie: Please tell us a little about yourself.

Corey: You can never step in the same stream twice.

Jamie: I’ve never had anyone answer that first question so succinctly. I am curious to know the journey of an anthropology professor into a software design and development founder. I picture one as a nutty professor of sorts, surrounded by cobwebs, dust, and musty books. Perhaps with an old desktop that is terribly out-of-date. While the other person has a pristine Apple laptop, wears a hoodie, and goes to “meetings” at coffee houses. How did that transition happen? (And don’t destroy my illusions of what an anthropology professor is like if you can.)

Corey:  Actually, being an anthropology professor prepared me well for a life of software design.  Anthropology’s focus on culture and ethnographic field methods have been somewhat co-opted by the user experience industry.  Also, delivering over 4,500 hours of lectures prepares one for speaking at conferences – something I do quite often. This is my main form of marketing.  Lastly, my talks, blog posts, and approach to digital strategy and design all derive from historical and anthropological research about things like stone tools, cave art, and medieval scrolls.  So – I’m still a nutty professor, writing pedantic and oblique blog posts, surrounded by musty books.  I do, however, have a shiny Macbook Air and meet with clients at Heart Coffee Roasters.  No cobwebs, however.  And hoodies are for hipsters and children.


Jamie: You told us a lovely story about “becoming a foodie” in the Sausage Making class I took at Portland Homestead Supply. Would you mind sharing that story again here?

Corey:  I had been a line cook on and off for a few years.  However, I did not yet understand the magical aspect of food.  It was a meal at Wildwood on NW 21st – it had just opened and there was a real buzz about the place.  

I remember the dish being set in front of me: bacon wrapped trout on a bed of lentils.  Simple enough.  But it was symphonic – an astonishment.  The woodsmoke of the bacon, the texture of trout.  And the lentils were all nose –  so complex and perfect that I can STILL taste them.  I put my fork down after a few bites, took a deep breath, and wiped away tears.  That was when I realized I knew nothing about food.  

I’ve been trying to learn a little something of that magic ever since.



Jamie: So if you had a perfect food day in Portland, what would that look like?

Corey: The perfect food day – love the concept.  It would start at home with a hot mug of black Heart coffee made in a french press.  I would fry eggs in walnut oil and an eventual splash of moscatel vinegar (cooked off), salt, pepper.  This is eaten with good toast and enjoyed with the wife and children.  Lunch at Olympic Provisions – probably one of Joe’s genius soups (beet!), a green salad, and a glass of white.  Snack of nuts and chocolate at 3:00.  Dinner with the fam at Navarre.  Stinky wine, greens, rabbit, mussels, white beans.  Right before bed, I smother a banana with peanut butter and eat this over the sink, breathing out of my nose.

Jamie: Haha! That last part! Would you like to share some internet links?

Corey: http://pdx.eater.com/




Big thanks to Corey for participating in my series! I really appreciate him answering my questions. If you think of more, ask them in the comments, I’d be happy to pass them along.

Portland Photography: Sellwood Walking Tour

I joined a walking tour courtesy of my friend Rachel from Sellwood Soap! (She gifted me a ticket!) I learned so many new things about my lovely new neighborhood and it’s layered history as a blue collar railroad and sawmill town!

Sellwood was originally settled around 1848 by the Luelling family who brought five hundred fruit trees with them in their trek. Later, John Sellwood purchased three hundred and twenty acres from the Luelling family. Eventually, the town of Sellwood was founded and named for John Sellwood.

The Sellwood Bridge 1925

Nearby was the sawmill, Pendleton Woolen Mill (still in business today in a different location), and the railroad. It’s currently under construction and will be until 2016.

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Portland Rowing Club Entrance (originally located by the Morrison Bridge)

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The house in the photograph below was moved from another location. It was a parish house for a local church. (I learned a lot of buildings and homes have been moved! Who knew that was a thing?) See the house below the picture of the photo to see it in it’s happy new locale.

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We saw condominiums where the location of the former Mount Hood Brewery (which originally began as Wilherm’s Brewery in 1890.)

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Our tour guide suggested that the house below may  have been a Sears Roebuck mail order house, but she was unsure.

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The red house below sits next to the private gold course which borders Clackamas county yet sits on the Multnomah county side. It also had been moved from its original location on the golf course grounds.

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This was a beautiful garden hidden in a neighborhood.

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There are railroad tracks in our neighborhood that are still occasionally used but were part of the original Interurban Train Line. The current Springwater Corridor Trail which is used by bikers and pedestrians sits on a former rail line running parallel to a current one.

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Our lovely and incredibly knowledgeable tour guide who also writes for the local Sellwood Bee.

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We walked past a building which served as a break room and place to hang out for rail workers.

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A former boarding house.

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There are many multi-family style houses left in the neighborhood which served as affordable housing during economic hard times. Not unlike ours.

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Another former boarding house.

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This house below and the house below it were built about fifteen years apart with the same plans. They sit in adjacent lots. I’m told we have a poet laureate living in one of them.

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Mrs. Randall’s boarding house.

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In the photo below, you can see this was a former transfer building. Below that you can see the original building now painted gray and purple.

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The brick building which now houses The Bike Commuter formerly served as the City Hall building upstairs and the Sellwood Bank below.

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Here’s a building which will be torn down soon. The Black Cat Tavern’s last day is Saturday. The land has been sold. Supposedly, the building is not in salvageable shape. It will be rebuilt as condos above with retail space below.

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The building below is now the SMILE station which is the Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League. It used to be the firehouse.

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This building was a confectionery!

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The Original Leipzig Tavern Building now houses Gino’s. It also served as a silent movie theatre.

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This building sits behind Gino’s but was originally situated on the corner.

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I’ve wondered about this building for some time. It’s nestled in the neighborhood, but there is no sign on the exterior. Our guide said it used to be a church but now is The Sellwood Playhouse. Just opened in fact!

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This last photo is of Oaks Pioneer Church. It was moved in 1960 from Milwaukee, Oregon. It was the 1851 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. They moved it on a barge and floated it on the Willamette River. It is deconsecrated and is now used for weddings, memorials and family reunions.

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There’s so much more to Sellwood, and this is just a small sampling of my neighborhood!

I’d also appreciate if I missed any information, or if you know of any that I have incorrect, if you’d let me know in the comments! Thanks!