10/05/2010: Day 12: A day in and near Eugene, Oregon
We woke slowly on Tuesday in the home of Wendy and Tom in Eugene. Slowly probably because of the wine with dinner. I've known Wendy since college, and stayed in touch even after they moved all the way out here.
After Tom left for work and we had a casual breakfast, Wendy wanted to show us one of her favorite places to walk. We had to drive through Springfield to get there. Actually, we first toured an industrial part of town trying to find a place that sold park passes, with no luck.
This is the Springfield in which Matt Groening was born. I liked his Life in Hell in college and after. When he had to pick a town for The Simpsons, this Springfield was a natural model.
Wendy's walk turned out to be a one mile hiking trail up Mount Pisgah. About a thousand feet up, and then back down.
Even though the altitude wasn't much, the climb in my condition must have deprived me of oxygen. I started taking pictures of people. Of myself!
We got down the mountain without problem. Then Wendy took us to the college part of town for classy pizza, and then to a local chocolatier to stock up on truffles, and finally a good butcher shop to buy provisions for supper. Lamb.
The evening was cozy, drinking something green, eating good foods, and... Um. Did I mention drinking?
I'd see Wendy working, and had to take a snap of her ergonomic set up.