Portland, OR

Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Columbia River RV Park

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thursday, June 9th

Around 8:15pm we headed in to Maggie's to meet up with her and Logan for dinner. We decided to go to this great little Lebanese place called Nicholas. Logan stayed to watch the end of the basketball game and we headed over to get our name on the list before they closed at 9pm. We were able to get a table right at 9 and all had a fantastic dinner. It was definitely tasty with huge portions. After dinner we all decided to call it a night and they drove us back to the campground.

Friday June 10th

We decided that we would take it easy today. We have been going going going so we slept in and took our time today. Our bikes were both pretty dirty and both needed some grease so we took care of that and then I read and Jared worked on the cribbage board. We decided that later tonight we would go to the beer theater.

Maggie told us about them and it sounds awesome. Basically it is a movie theater that serves beer and food for you to eat and drink while watching a movie. They don’t have the most recent movies out, but we decided to go see Cedar Rapids which was playing at 9:45pm. Maggie and Logan had other plans so it was just the two of us. We decided to bike in to the theater which was a 7.5 mile bike. It was definitely a work out and pretty much a steady uphill climb most of the way. We got there in plenty of time though and were able to buy our tickets right away. The movie tickets are $4/person and then we got a pitcher of beer for $6.75. We had eaten dinner already at home so we didn’t get any pizza or wraps. We headed in to the theater and found some great seats. The theaters aren’t that large and neither are the screens, but they are definitely big enough and well worth the price. In each row there is a wooden shelf that you can put your beer and food on in front of you. Jared took a picture of our pitcher and our beers. The movie was hilarious and we had a great time. The 7.5 mile bike ride home wasn’t too bad either since most of it was downhill. There was one steep hill to go up, but other than that we were either going downhill or on flat land.

Saturday, June 11th

Today we had planned to get up in good time and take the bus in to Portland with our bikes and then ride around Portland checking it out. Unfortunately we didn’t get out in good time like we planned. This morning one of our laundry baskets fell from above the cab of the truck and it had our laundry detergent in it. Of course the laundry detergent broke open and we had a huge puddle in between the front two seats. We spent a long time cleaning it up which delayed us getting out until around noon. We rode to the bus stop and hopped on the bus with no problems.

We decided to check out Powell’s book store first. It is a huge book store that is the size of entire city block and is like 4 stories high. You can pick up a map of the store that shows you all the different sections that are broken up in to different color rooms. Powell’s also buys used books from people so when you are looking for a book you can most likely buy it new or used. We walked around in it for a while just looking at all the different books. Jared decided to buy The Hobbit and The Silmarillion, both used for good prices. After the bookstore we decided to get some lunch and headed to Noodles & Company. We each got a trio, which is a small bowl of noodles (they have lots of different kinds), the meat of your choice and a side salad or soup. We both liked our meals and were stuffed afterwards.

We picked up our bikes and rode to Washington Park, the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. We walked through the Rose Garden with our bikes and then locked up our bikes to head up to the Japanese Garden. It was a 5 minute walk up to the entrance of the garden. When we got to the top we realized that it cost $9.50/person to go in so we decided to skip it and walk the five minutes back down to our bikes. I did take some pictures of flowers on the way though.

After finishing up at the gardens we rode back down to head to Deschutes Brewery to try out some microbrews. We each did a flight of 6 beers. They basically had 6 different categories they separated their brews in to so we each picked one from each category making sure we had different ones so we could try each others. They give you 6 small glasses with the beer in them and it was $6. My favorites were Bachelor Bitter and Hop-in-the-Dark. Jared’s favorites were my Bachelor Bitter and then his Cask Pale Ale.

After finishing up at Deschutes we headed over to Rogue where we would be meeting Maggie and Logan for dinner before they headed to the Timbers game. We got there early so we killed some time by walking a store we believe was called Cargo.  It was full of items that had been shipped over from China. There were lots of neat pieces of furniture and we spent a while checking everything out. Before we left we found fortune teller fish that were free. It is a thin film that is shaped like a fish. You hold it in your palm and the way it moves tells you your fortune. Both of ours curled up all the way which means Passionate. When we finished up in the store it was time to head over to Rogue.

Jared and I each did a tasting flight again, which consisted of 4 beers this time for $6.75. Jared liked the Irish Lager and I liked the Mocha Porter. We also had dinner so I just had some chicken strips and Jared had the Reuben.  After we finished up we said bye to Maggie and Logan since they were going to the Timbers game and we are leaving tomorrow morning.  We biked back to the bus stop and caught the bus home.

Sunday, June 12th  

We decided last night that we were either going to do brunch this morning before leaving or get donuts from Voodoo Donuts. When we were with Jared’s family Kara had suggested that we go to Voodoo Donuts because they make unique donuts and are tasty. We decided that brunch is brunch and we have done it a bunch if Philly, but we have never been to Voodoo Donuts so we would check that out. We drove to Voodoo Donuts and were able to find a parking spot on the street. We headed over to the store and the line was huge. We had Nash with us so Jared waited in the line with me outside the store and then when I headed inside he went back to the RV. Once I got inside I felt like the line moved pretty quickly. We each had picked out two donuts so we could try a variety. You can get a dozen donuts for $10 but they pick them out and they aren’t any of their more crazy ones aka the ones we picked wouldn’t be in the box. Jared chose Memphis Mafia (fried dough with banana chunks and cinnamon sugar covered in a glaze with chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts, and chocolate chips on top) and the Dirt Donut (raised yeast donut with vanilla frosting and oreos). I picked Old Dirty Bastard (raised yeast donut with chocolate frosting, oreos, and peanut butter) and Bacon Maple Bar (raised yeast donut with maple frosting and bacon on top).  I took pictures and they were all delicious, but Jared’s Memphis Mafia was definitely the best. My maple bacon one was good, but it was a little bit weird with the bacon on top. It wasn’t really the flavor it was that the bacon was a little bit hard and crunchy so it was just a weird texture.
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Bev on

Oh Kara will be so happy you were able to visit Voodoo Donuts while in Portland! Sounds like you've seen some nice country since leaving us last week. We sure enjoyed your visit and hope you'll come back again some day.

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