Providence Park

Providence Park is the home of the Portland Timbers, a Major League Soccer team. But we actually attended a game for the Portland Timbers 2 (lovingly called ‘T2’,) the first game they’ve played in Providence Park. T2 is the USL team under the Timbers, which puts them in the same league as our new hometown team, Louisville City FC. The T2 and LouCity won’t play each other unless they both make the championship game, but we figured we needed to scout them out just in case.

We got great seats and the park is really beautiful. We could actually hear the players shouting on the field and not miss a thing. The T2 lost to the Orange County Blues, but it was still fun.

Before the game we also did this really fun Ingress mission.

Capture Providence Park ingress intel mapMost missions are travelling along a path, hacking the portals and visiting waypoints. This mission you had to actually capture or upgrade all the portals along the way. But when we visited, all but the southern portal were heavily linked and modded. Amber and I spent nearly all of our weapons capturing the portals in the name of this mission.

We were so excited to get the southern portal, Multnomah Athletic Club, because it was blue. All we had to do was upgrade it! No fighting! And the mission would be ours! But the problem was, it was high enough level already there was nothing for Amber to upgrade. I wouldn’t let this stand. So I used a Jarvis virus to turn it green — and we went back to XMPs. We took it down again and we both completed the mission.

Our reward
Our reward

Our Last Day in Eugene

One of the spots on all the ‘lists’ of travelling to Eugene was the Fifth Street Public Market. Since we’re not really shoppers, we figured it be fun to see but it wasn’t a priority. We were able to fit in on our last day in Eugene and got some gifts for folks back home.

We walked through the Saturday market as well, but didn’t take pictures because of all the crowd. Ended up eating lunch at The Barn Light, where they correctly keep the bourbons on one side of the line, and the Tennessee whiskey on the other. (They asked me to post it to Instagram, but twitter will have to do.)

We got all of our stuff together, made sure we were all set at the train station, then heading to Cornucopia on 5th st to watch the Kentucky Derby.

I was rooting for Ocho Ocho Ocho, who came in 14th place. From the first post position, he wasn’t a likely contender. But I knew I would be excitedly yelling at the TV in the bar, and knew I’d make maximum vocal impact if Ocho Ocho Ocho won.

Kind of a close call to watch the race and not miss boarding our train. But we made it.

Skinner’s Butte in Eugene, OR

Ninkasi Brewing Company

If you know me, you know I love beer. There is no way I could spend time in Eugene, Oregon and not go to Ninkasi Brewing Company.  There was a lot of beer to be had in Oregon, and this is really the only brewery that stood out as truly amazing compared to what I can get home in Louisville. Named for the Sumerian goddess of beer (that was a Gus Bus Trivia question one time) they really live up to the calling of their craft.

One of the AirBNBs we stayed at was only a few blocks from Ninkasi, so we delayed our trip until then. It just so happened that night was also their first tapping of Maiden the Shade, a summer seasonal IPA. So it was a packed house. I snapped a few pictures, but mostly there was a lot of people and waiting in lines.

Maiden the Shade was very good. But my absolute favorite was the Tricerahops Double IPA. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a beer I liked better. I also tried the Quantum Pale Ale. For dinner we had the Sporkasbord platter (pictured above), Pad Thai, and a rice bowl with Pot Stickers from the Sporks A La Carte food cart. My favorites were the “mooinks,” bacon-wrapped meatballs, part of the sporkasbord.

Ber and I also got into a tiny Ingress battle over the tasting room’s portal while we were there. We held our turf well. As of this writing, we actually still own it!

A few thousand kilometers away, but still the owners of Ninkasi Brewing
A few thousand kilometers away, but still the owners of Ninkasi Brewing