My brother Denis Perrault and his beautiful wife Leah came to visit me in Portland
following Denis' Chartered Accounting Exam.

This is Denis and Leah at the International Rose Garden in Portand, OR in September 2003.

At the Portland International Rose Garden, there is a Queen chosen every year, and then
a plaque laid into the brick to commemmorate her. In 1987, that Queen was Renee, and so
in honour of my sister, I took this picture. Of course, the Queen gets the Paul Perrault
stamp of approval.

Again, Denis and Leah in the Garden. Note the variety of roses still in bloom in September!

As with all of my visitors, I love to show off the area's beauties. Here is
Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.

My brother Denis is an avid hockey fan, so it seemed appropriate to mark their visit
with a WHL game. This was the opening game of the season for the Portland Winterhawks
and they played the expansion Everett Silvertips. This is a picture of someone Denis
knows who plays for the Silvertips.

Denis and Leah were blessed with great weather for their trip as evidenced by this shot
at Mount Saint Helen's...

...and by this awesome shot of the Oregon coast.

Other pictures around Oregon

Shawna exiting the incredibly cold water of the Pacific Ocean.

Shawna frolicking on the sand. Frolic Shawna, frolic!

Chris Gorman and Ross at French's Dome, having enjoyed their first day of outdoor
sport lead climbing. Way to go guys!

This is from a bouldering competition here in Portland at the snooty gym in Tualatin.
The climber on the wall is some guy named Chris Sharma who was in the city promoting
his new movie.

Shots from New Paltz, NY

I managed to mix work and climbing in a business trip to Boston by convincing my
friends Jeff Stanley and Alex Goldhammer to join me for some trad climbing in the Gunks.
This is Alex (on the left) and Jeff doing a little light bouldering
in the town of New Paltz since we had been rained out all day.

Alex and Jeff at the base of a great two pitch trad climb.

Caroline, one of Alex's friends, had way bigger balls than me, and led a tough
5.8 pitch right next to us. You can really see the great rock that is the Gunks.

Here is Alex anchored to the rock at our first belay station.

Alex and I chilling out. Normally at this time of year (late Sept), the Hudson Valley
has mostly changed colours, but the summer was unseasonably wet, hence the green trees
behind us.

Jeff Stanley, the man, the myth, the legend. Any single women out there brave enough
to have a run at THIS heart-breaker?

Here is Gonzalo, another of Alex's friends, at the end of a pitch.

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