- flew into Portland, via Seoul, Korea
- spent a few days crashing with Gayle and Bryan and catching up
- eating our first American meal at FIVE GUYS BURGERS, followed by pizza the next day and fried chicken the day after
- found a place to live in Corvallis, Oregon
- took a 3-day Greyhound bus ride from Portland, OR to Knoxville, TN
- spent time in TN visiting Bridget’s family and friends
- drove Solara to Nebraska
- had to make pit stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa to get new compressor for Solara
- spent time in Nebraska visiting Craig’s family and friends
- packed up Uhaul trailer and began our “Oregon Trail” with Craig’s parents, Dave and Sue
- passed the Continental Divide in a snow storm
- slid into other lane and off icy road shortly after crossing the Divide
- had to make pit stop in Wyoming to replace flat tire
- arrived in Corvallis….spent next couple days unpacking and making trips to IKEA, Target, etc.
- rearranged kitchen at least three times
- scoured Craiglist and thrift stores for deals on furniture and home décor
- counted our blessings
Friday, May 28, 2010
Now I have seen some amazing sunrises and sunsets, but this one beat them all by far. The shades of pink, purple, orange, and yellow were unbelievably breathtaking. After eating some ridiculously spicy Thai food (note: don’t ever order something off a menu the Thais label “spicy”), we walked the streets and finally found a place for me to get my Dr. Fish pedicure I had been so curious about. For those unfamiliar with this phenomenon, it is basically a fish tank in which you submerge your feet and let the little fishies go to work, eating away the dead skin on your feet. This is particularly interesting if you have extremely ticklish feet, like me. I’ll be honest…it was pretty dang ticklish, but if you can make it past the first few minutes, then it becomes quite therapeutic, like little jolts of electricity shooting through your feet. I lasted for about 30 minutes, and my feet were noticeably soft afterwards, but I think those little suckers would have to go at it for about an hour or more to take care of my pedicure-deprived feet.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Bridget & Craig
There are a few more experiences worth mentioning that don't quite fall into an obvious category, so the next few pictures are a hodge-podge of some of the best or most unusual sights we saw while in Tokyo. Some were places we visited with a sightseeing purpose, others we just inadvertently stumbled upon while shopping. Enjoy!