Once again I tested the iPad on a trip, my mini-vacation to visit Portland friends LeeAnn and Ellen. Here's the scoop.
Photos: Not wanting to take any goofy photos this time around, I didn't use the iPad's Photo Booth or camera. Used my little Canon PowerShot and the iPad adaptor to download. Worked perfectly.
PS Express relies on hand/finger coordination as you activate most of the functions by tapping across the screen. I found myself homesick for the finer gradations of change in iPhoto, my former on-the-road photo editor.
Reading: Finished Ulysses on the plane flight home; I love reading, highlighting, bookmarking on the iPad. (Got some funny results when I used the iPad reader's dictionary on Joyce's words!)
Also downloaded other free titles for my bookgroup, including Heart of Darkness and Women in Love. Makes comparison a snap. Interesting that when I got home, I finished The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in hard copy even though I had it on the iPad as well.
Fun in Portland and Dundee Hills A trip highlight was joining the crowd to see ten thousand-plus Vaux's Swifts spiral into the tall chimney at Chapman School. Breathtaking! Particularly when a young Peregrine falcon swooped repeatedly through the vortex to pick out some dessert.
|Red Soil from the Lange Estate Vinyards|
|Lange Estate Grapes & Red Soil|
Our server at Domaine Serene told us all about the Ice Age Floods which had a profound affect on soils and topography of the Colombia basin and Willamette Valley. Floodwaters hundreds of feet deep deposited huge "erratics" around the Valley. Would you think I am too weird if I tell you I'm joining the IAFI?
|Red Ridge Farms|
|Olives, Red Ridge Farms|
Red Ridge is also the home of olive groves. Not a mediterranean climate and my best wishes to them!
Portland was hot and sunny on Friday so a visit to the Japanese Garden was wonderfully cooling. I had a great trip, using my iPad for reading, searching for winery and restaurant locations, learning more about Ice Age Floods & Vaux's swifts, and for viewing my photos. Thank you for your company along the way!
|Portland, Japanese Garden|