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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Pilgrimage to Powell’s‏

May 13th, 2011 · 6 Comments

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About a quarter of a century ago when I lived in Santa Barbara and worked as a magazine editor, I had a two-week vacation. I had just bought a pick-up truck, so a road trip was the obvious way to travel. The destination then was just as obvious — to drive up the coast to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon.

On this current trip a pilgrimage to Powell’s was just as obvious. While this time I am just passing through Portland on an inland route, I made a point to stay an extra day in Portland so I would have enough time to explore the books that Powell’s has in those genres that interest me the most.

Powell's Covers an Entire Block of Portland with More than One Million Books

Powell's Covers an Entire Block of Portland with More than One Million Books

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I judged the current depth of my various passions while browsing Powell’s on the basis of how much time I spent in each section. “Nature” was the clear winner both in terms of time and the number of books I bought. The large photography section didn’t sustain my interest for long nor did the sections on writing and Buddhism. Actually, those are interests that we develop through practice rather than reading.

I did spend some time in the diet and diabetes sections. The large number of books in these sections surprised me.

Every One of these Is a Diet Book

Every One of these Is a Diet Book

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The diabetes section was what pleased me the most. Powell’s deserves its reputation as one of the best and largest bookstores in the world. The store has four copies of my second book, each priced at $9.95.

Powell's Has My Book, Losing Weight with Your Diabetes Medication

Powell's Has My Book, Losing Weight with Your Diabetes Medication

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But before exploring Powell’s on Friday afternoon, I explored the Portland Japanese Garden. Just before I left the motel to go downtown, my friend Sharon emailed me suggesting it. Absolutely lovely, this Japanese Garden may be even more beautiful than San Francisco’s.

The Upper Pond and Moon Bridge

The Upper Pond and Moon Bridge

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Heavenly Falls

Heavenly Falls

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What a Tree!

What a Tree!

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Even in a big city we can often find an oasis of nature.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 B BROWN // Jun 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I’m enjoying your posts on photography (and visiting Powell’s). I just got a so-called bridge camera and have rediscovered my interest in photography. It does get me up off the couch! Thanks for your inspiration. Out of curiosity, what kind of camera do you have?

  • 2 Pat Starr // Jun 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I was looking for your blog on Malheur visit… and your photos… not there yet? Pata

  • 3 David Mendosa // Jun 2, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Dear Pat,

    Unfortunately, my programmer has been ill and has not yet posted many of my photo essays. But they are coming!

    David

  • 4 David Mendosa // Jun 2, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Good! That is what photography does for me.

    I have a Canon 7D, which is a great camera. My backup is a Canon 50D.

    David

  • 5 David Mendosa // Sep 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Sorry to be so late to respond. My main camera is a Canon 7D and my usual lens is the Canon 100-400mm zoom.

    David

  • 6 Steve Solomon // Aug 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    David, I totally agree with your assessments of both Powell’s Books and the Portland Japanese Gardens!! My son spent a day at both, and yes, Powell’s is awesome! You can see more images of the Japanese Gardens on my website as well. Thank you as always for your excellent blog articles!!

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