Sunny Portland

Trip Start Dec 11, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

We woke up hot for the first time in a few days with the sun beating through the car windows at the walmart carpark!
We drove to the waterfront in Portland and went for a run in the sunshine. Pretty good way to see the waterfront. Every few hundred metres was another bridge...all different in style but with the ability to open up for tall ships passing through. While we were running one bridge opened up which was cool. The road system is crazy in Portland. Spaghetti intersections everywhere...thankgoodness for the GPS - I actually don't know how we would have got around without it!
Post run it was coffee time. Stumptown was the best coffee so far in America! We sat for a while...enjoying the coffee shop vibe and uploading photos. Portland city is known for the food vans that line several city blocks. They are generally immigrants that are in the food industry but that can't afford a restaurant space. For $6 each we had the most amazing Thai stir fry ever!!!
We then headed to a community centre for a shower and an unplanned hot tub! Back to the city centre to see Pioneer Square, the first Nike shop and the biggest independent bookstore in the world.
Interesting how many homeless people there are and how many people are asking for money all the time!!
We spent some time driving around the "pearl district" which is about a 5 x 6 block area of warehouses that have been converted into apartments, boutiques and restaurants. After a Mexican dinner we wandered into a tea cafe with live jazz..I tried a hibiscus tea and Phin had a trouble bubble tea (ie. with alcohol)...a good way to end a lovely day in Portland....back to walmart to sleep!

Next morning we were back at the community centre. $4 got us a gym workout, hot tub and shower...too good a deal to miss!
A quick detour to the bank where Phin left his card in the ATM (again...luckily we could get it back this time).
We then drove up hill to Pitlock mansion. The mansion was built in 1914 by the wealthiest man of Portland at the time. It has amazing views over Portland and had some very modern features for it's time...elevator, intercom, indirect lighting (lit cornices), ducted vacuum and a shower with 6 jets. Crazy!
After a quick lunch at an all day breakfast place it was time to say goodbye to Portland.
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