October 21st, 2014
As promised, here are some photos from our Oregon travels!
We planned to spend our first day in Oregon driving down the coast, but there happened to be a dense blanket of fog hanging over the coast that day. All the beaches we came to looked like the photo below (Indian Beach), although the skies were clear and sunny everywhere else. We made the best of the fog and headed to Portland.
In Portland spent a good chunk of time wandering around downtown. We visited my cards at Radish Underground and spent a few hours getting lost in Powell’s Books. Powell’s gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings of browsing books in my elementary school library in the 80′s but without the card catalog.
In the Columbia River Gorge we braved icy cold water and scaled a precarious logjam to walk through Oneonta Gorge. I’ve been drooling over shots of this place on Pinterest for years, and it was so much more grand in person.
I’m pretty tea savvy, but I’m ignorant when it comes to coffee. We visited Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and to my surprise a macchiato isn’t anything like the drink Starbucks serves up by the same name. It was super strong but roast-y and delicious. Do coffee tastings exist? Someday I’d like to stand in front of a fancy schmancy coffee shop menu and know what the heck everything is and what it would taste like. Right now I just quickly pick something at random so I look like I know what I’m doing. ;)
Just before dark one evening we hiked to Wahkeena Falls and had the whole place to ourselves. It was dreamy!
We frequented Blue Star Donuts while we were in Portland. The blueberry bourbon basil donut was my favorite, but maple bacon was a close second. I love donuts that aren’t super sweet. These donuts reminded me so much of my favorite donut shop here in Cary (Sweet Traditions) that closed down 5 or 6 years ago.
We spent a day with one of Daniel’s old high school pals and her husband so they could show us around the Portland area. (Thanks again, Jana and Alex!) Eagle Creek Trail made for a lovely hike. It included plenty of mossy trees, lush forests, and narrow cliff-hugging paths to keep us on our toes.
Here’s a pre-sunset view of the Columbia River from Crown Point.
After dinner at ¿Por Qué No? we had the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted at Salt & Straw. I pretty much can’t eat ice cream now, because I keep comparing it all to theirs. My favorite was strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper (topped with extra hot fudge of course).
I could totally live in Portland, and I was sad to leave. Everyone was so nice—how do you Portlanders do it? I don’t think I’ve ever struck up so many conversations with complete strangers before or come across so many of my favorite shops in one place. Don’t even get me started on the amazing restaurants. And beautiful nature to soak in, too!?
To make myself feel better about not living in Portland I’m working on a list of all my favorite shops, restaurants, and things to do around Raleigh/Durham to share here on my site. I’ve come up with a ton already, so my list-making is definitely doing the trick.