So off we went to Portland -
I had only been once before and I didn't really get to explore quite as much as I generally like to, so this was bound to be a fulfilling trip in more ways than one!
Another bonus for us vegans is that Portland has slowly become a very very vegan friendly city, and you know how much I love food! LOL
This trip was all about the sights and sounds of Portland, and boy did we get our fill!
Great location...except for the fact that Portland has an incredibly HIGH population of street dwellers/beggers, on just about every corner and every where you turn. It also seems to have a very high population of hippy types, the worst hair cuts of any city that I've ever visited, lots of (what I assume to be) druggies, interesting musician types, and the most tattoos I've ever seen per capita.
Some would say this was a prime location for people watching!
Anyhow, what I haven't mentioned yet was the weather...
It wasn't at all as cool as I expected or had hoped.
In fact, it was HOT, unbearably HOT. Did we bring the HOT weather with us?
I think it very well might have been even hotter than it was even in Southern California (a place known for it's HOT weather). To think that I ran away from the heat only to find a destination that was hotter. BOO
Most of our plans were outdoors and we had suffered through the heat and done things like seeing the lovely Portland Japanese Gardens, the beautiful and fragrant International Rose Test Garden, went to Powell's City of Books - which is the most epic and BEST bookstore ever! (You can get lost in that store - I'm not even joking.)
We wandered about warmly in the Portland Saturday Market (the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market), shopped at an all vegan strip mall, did plenty of yummy eating, and even headed outside of town to the Columbia Gorge, saw plenty of waterfalls and hiked and sweat our way to the top of Multnomah Falls (the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States), forgetting to bring water - not the brightest idea.
As for me, I'll be back alright - but it better be cooler! LOL