From coastline to timberline

Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Dec 01, 2009

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Lynn's Place

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Thursday, August 20, 2009

My first impression of Portland was that of a smaller Seattle. I wasn't far off. A thriving music community and lots of good places to eat. I stayed with a friend's mom and it was nice to have a parent looking out for me. A special thanks to Lynn and John and their hospitality. I only planned for one full day to explore and it was just that, full. Breakfast with Lynn and John, a music store to get a new drum for an upcoming puppet, both the Chinese and Japanese gardens, a full circle around downtown on my bike, and the biggest plate of pad Thai I've ever had for lunch. That night I caught a great show at a local resturant. Tim and Jim are two guitarist and singers that put on one of the best cover sets I've seen. Seamlessly weaving in and out of dozens of popular songs, all while whipping out awesome solos and throwing their own twist on things. The next day I headed off to Mt. Hood. A really nice drive to the Timberline Lodge was followed with a great view of the area. It was a beautiful day and although I really didn't spend enough time in Portland, I felt drawn back to the coast. I literaly went right back to Seaside, where I had cut east to Portland, and continued my journey south down 101. I'd heard a lot of people tell me they really like Portland and now, I can see why. The most bike friendly city in the country, not too big, and every type of person you want to be. In just one day I saw, goths, punks, preps, hippies, yuppies, artsy fartsy, old and young. All living together.... Peacefully.  Wierd.
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