Hello friends! I've been working on the picture formatting for this post for a long time. I work on it, save it, then pick it back up when I'm ready to be frustrated by technology.
I'm sure it's operator error. 😎
I was looking back over my FOUR (only 4!) blog posts that I made last year and realized they are all travel-related. Within the next few months my goal is to share about our garden, essential oils and a few recipes. Actually, my goal was to post once a month in 2017. Oops. It's March.
So a few months ago (ahem, November), I shared about our time in Seattle, which was the first part of our trip to the Pacific Northwest. I feel like we did a lot more touristy stuff in Seattle. I joked with people before we left for this trip that the only thing I cared about doing while there was eating. That ended up being pretty accurate, especially in Portland.
This is one of the streets we passed when walking to the MAX (Metropolitan Area Express--light rail). I loved all of the colors.
This is our Airbnb. It was possibly my favorite part of our trip. Everything about it was so cozy and funky, which is basically my exact style 😜 It was just what I hoped for when trying to find a place in Portland. We were about a quarter of a mile from the rail stop and we were within walking distance of the Pearl District and ALL the goods. Salt and Straw, Blue Star Donuts and any type of food you could imagine.
Our precious kitchen. It was so cozy and full of light.
A charming kitchen window gets me every time.
Of course when it got below 40 degrees one night we had to have a fire.
The deck and backyard area of our house.
We went to the International Rose Test Garden while we were in Portland. Even though we missed peek rose season, it was still so nice to walk around and feel like Alice in Wonderland among the roses. The rose garden is on 4.5 acres and has over 550 rose varieties. It overlooks downtown Portland and the Willamette River. In the distance, you can see Mt. Hood and the Cascade Mountains.
So in popular, bigger cities there is this thing called car2go. You rent a tiny smart car and they charge you by the hour. It's not a super great deal if you need it for a really long time, but if you are just trying to get from point a to point b without using the bus (which was great in Portland, but takes a long time), it's a good alternative. We used car2go several times while we were in Portland. One day, we rented one to drive to Multnomah Falls.
We survived the drive to Multnomah Falls!
Jesse and I both assumed that we would just go see the falls and be amazed and that would be that. There was actually a 2.2 mile hike to the top option, which we both thought would be pretty cool. It was a difficult hike, but we saw some great views. The waterfall in this picture is above Multnomah Falls. There is a rail close to this and when you look over the side, you can see down the falls. Scary!
This..is a Meyer lemon-filled donut. It's really all I've ever wanted from a donut. I think I would go back to Portland just for this.
I honestly have no memory of what the other flavors were. It was just love at first bite with that Meyer lemon donut.
One evening, we decided to have a food truck dinner. We obviously couldn't just choose one thing to eat, because we are in Portland and there are thousands of food trucks and we have to eat all the things. So we had a smorgasbord of food truck foods. Chicken ramen, pot stickers, spam musubi and SO MANY TACOS. I really loved all of it, but my favorite things were the spam musubi and the ramen. There was a soft boiled egg in the ramen and it was everything.
We were told by several people that we needed to check Pine State Biscuits out. They had every flavor combination you could imagine. I ordered a pretty normal bacon/egg/cheese biscuit situation and I really enjoyed it.
The glitter wall. Do you know what that means? VOODOO!
So we used every bit of self control we possess to not purchase every donut in that place. I got the French cream lemon donut (bottom right) and the Marshal Mathers (top left..get it??). Jesse got the other two and I don't remember what they were called. I really enjoyed these, but they were cold, (and so were we) so I think they may have been even better warmed up. After Voodoo Doughnuts, we went to the Portland Saturday Market. This is like the Monroe Downtown Rivermarket x30 and a bit more funky, of course. I really enjoyed it.
Jesse thought this was pretty cool, so I thought I'd share.
This coffee shop was across the street from our Airbnb. It's called the Dragonfly and everything about it (including the name, obvs) reminded me of Gilmore Girls. We made coffee at our house most mornings to save a little money and I would snuggle on the couch with a book and my coffee, looking at this sweet little coffee shop. The last morning of our trip I finally went inside and bought a cup of coffee.
I really enjoyed this trip and I hope we get to go back. Flights to Portland are pretty inexpensive, so hopefully we can make that happen one day. If we do it again, I think that I would prefer to just rent a car and keep it for the week so that we could go where we want, whenever.
Our next trip will be this spring to Colorado. We haven't booked anything, but we are planning to drive there and camp most of the time. Maybe the last night or two we will cabin/Airbnb/something. Any suggestions/recommendations about Colorado are welcome! 😊
Thanks for reading! Hopefully it won't be 6 months until my next post.