A Taste of Portland
Trip Start May 09, 2009
96Trip End May 27, 2010
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On our first full day here, we made our way downtown (thank god for our GPS!) and parked in one of the city’s SmartPark garages. We walked along the Williamette River waterfront where there is a long wide pathway for bikes and walkers. Then we took a four hour "Epicurean Walking Tour" of Portland. Our tour guide, Herb, is an actor and improv comedian, so he was quite entertaining
The next day, we had lunch at Kell’s Irish Pub with Ryan Kramer and Mariah Dunn, who we had met at the Norris campground in Yellowstone and have lived here for a couple of years. It was great to catch up with them. Then we went to the Portland Saturday Market – an arts and crafts market with food and music that happens every Saturday by the river. We aren’t really in the buying more stuff mode, but it was a fun atmosphere. Since the weather was not great, we headed back to our campsite to catch some football on TV; we had limited cable access at this campground – unfortunately, we saw MSU lose to Notre Dame but couldn’t see FSU trounce BYU (yea, Noles!!).
Portland is, hands down, the coolest city on our trip so far. Downtown is a combination of modern and old architecture, with small and large parks everywhere, and an accessible waterfront. It is situated perfectly for taking advantage of nearby mountains and rivers. The only downside for us would be the weather which is too gray in the winter and too wet for our taste. But a great city, nonetheless.