Saturday morning, Jill and I headed to the airport - both with the sniffles, but ready for our great adventure! Our flights went great. I re-read the entire Don Miller book, "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" to prepare for the conference. I forgot how funny it was - and more than once laughed aloud to the dismay of the woman sitting next to me... Once we got to Portland, we took the train from the airport to within two blocks of our hotel (The Mark Spencer in the Pearl District) - perfect! And cheap - $2.50. Gotta love public transportation! We settled into the hotel, took a short, refreshing nap, dosed up on our cold drugs, and headed out to explore. We had dinner at a local pub just around the corner from out hotel... Visited Powell's Bookstore (that's an experience all in itself!). And found a wonderful little Gelato place for a late night treat. A perfect end to our first day...
Sunday, we woke up, enjoyed breakfast at the hotel (toast, fruit, yogurt and a chai tea), and headed out for more exploration! It was a typical Portland morning, I think - a little cool and rainy. But nothing that was gonna hold these Minnesota girls back! We walked all over the city! Eventually, we got ourselves to the Saturday Market (yes, it's open on Sunday, too!). It's an art fair that happens every weekend - and features only local venders. Very cool. After the market, we continued wandering aimlessly, taking pictures, and enjoying the freedom to explore. We eventually ate lunch at a great little deli - Kenny and Zuke's - right across from our hotel. YUM. Pastrami on rye. Gotta love it. A nap was once again in order - before we headed to the conference itself. (I was too excited to sleep... So it was really just time to rest...)
(Gotta love it.)
(Beautiful parks!)The conference started around 5pm at the Armory Theatre. A perfect venue for this event! Trendy and cool, beautiful and comfortable. As we found our seats, a trio was performing Irish music on the stage - a great start in my mind! Don Miller finally took the stage - and like a man after my own heart, invited his dog, Lucy, on stage with him. So cute. The night ended up being an intro into what it could mean to do something amazing with your life - he brought out friends to tell their stories, he shared stories that some of us were already familiar with (from reading his books), and he introduced the winner of the essay contest - someone who had a story she wanted to live and needed help to get it started... Then his friend, Brandon, a music video and commercial producer, took the stage to share his story. A great story that ended in the making of a movie. Our surprise that night? We got to go to a "test screening" of the movie! I'll tell you more about it someday when the movie comes out... For now, we're not supposed to share much... (I kind of like the sneakiness!) It was a great night. So fun. Uplifting. Inspiring.
(The theatre - two blocks from our hotel.)
(Jill - registered and waiting for the fun to begin!)
(A little Irish music to start the evening... Nice.)
(Great, quirky shops!)
(Gorgeous flower shops...)