Vacation Post: The Portland Experience
I’m moving backwards starting from the most recent on my giant list of make up posts, which should explain why this is just going up almost a full year after Nick and I’s trip to the West coast! I would say I’m ashamed, but it’s not for lack of trying – I’ve started this entry so many times but each time I don’t feel like what I’ve written really encapsulates how much fun we had in Portland, so I’ll just do my best. 😛
So, going on our trip we had certain ideas and expectations in mind for our destinations. We expected it to be wet, and it was. Nobody seems to acknowledge the ever present drizzle that makes literally EVERYTHING soggy within 5 minutes of stepping outside in Portland, and many people gave me weird looks for using an umbrella. Sorry not sorry folks – this hair does not like to be rained on! D:
Our second expectation was that Portland would be delicious – and this ended up also being true! We met up with a few of my girl friends – Ashley, Alex and Selena – the morning after arriving to Oregon (our hotel was actually in Washington state, so we technically visited 3 states on our trip! 😀 ) and ate delicious breakfast at Gravy, which is all kinds of breakfast forever and is AMAZING. Breakfast is my favorite food – I was in heaven! 😛
We had planned some tourist-y visits to places nearby, like a trip to Powell’s book store, an arcade with Pac-Man flooring in the bathroom, a comic book store and even more breakfast places (THIS IS A MULTI-RESTAURANT THEME. WHY DON’T I LIVE IN A PLACE WITH MULTIPLE BREAKFAST THEMED RESTAURANTS?) plus this food truck area that nobody cared was being rained on while they ordered – go figure, haha!
Overall though, the rain did nothing to dampen our enthusiasm. Between our new books and comics, the Voodoo doughnuts in our hotel mini fridge and the hysterical game of Cards Against Humanity that Nick and I spent the night playing with the girl’s at Ashley’s apartment (while she impressed us with her cookie-baking hostess skills and I cuddled her dogs), our last few vacation days spent in Portland was the perfect ending to an amazing West coast trip!
We saw all of Portland from a spot overlooking the whole area and it was so refreshing to see something other than flat, humid, boring Florida. There were rainbows (for once, the rain was on my side!), rivers, bridges and all kinds of pretty things to see. Wikipedia is telling me right now that the place we went to, Rocky Butte, is “an extinct volcanic cinder cone butte” — I then looked up what the heck a ‘butte’ is (apparently it is an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top, but not a mesa?) and I’m laughing at how many times I’ve been able to type the word “butt” in this post. 😀
Thank you so much again to all the friends that had us at their wedding, hosted us, took us to unique tourist spots, hung out with us, went shopping with us and ate with us during our vacation! We had an AMAZING time and can’t wait until our next time back – maybe next time it’ll be warm enough to visit the California beaches for more than a minute!