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    • Day79

      Portland Downtown

      September 14, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Nach den gestrigen schönen Naturbilder, folgen heute die unschönen Stadtfotos. Portland übertrifft alles, was wir bis jetzt gesehen haben. Überall sind Zelte aufgestellt (Obdachlose), es stinkt in den Strassen und an jeder Ecke liegt Müll. Als wir zu der weltgrössten Buchhandlung (neue und gebrauchte Bücher) laufen, sehen wir, dass vor uns ein Mann mit einem Messer in der Hand läuft. Martina ist schockiert und möchte am liebsten die Flucht ergreifen, doch Müggi beruhigt sie. So erreichen wir den Buchladen Powell's- riesig. Er besteht aus 9 Räumen, 3 Stöcken und besitzt über 1 Million Bücher. Müggi kauft sich den nächsten Band seiner angefangenen Buchserie.
      Dann machen wir uns auf den Weg zum Pioneer Corthouse Square. Auf diesem urbanen Platz kann man jährlich mehr als 300 Events geniessen. Zudem wird der Boden immer wieder anders bemalt (aktuell sind farbige Punkte darauf zu sehen).
      Anschliessend laufen wir zum bekannten Doughnutschuppen, Voodoo Doghnut. Dieser ist 24h pro Tag geöffnet. Müggi lässt sich im Laden beraten (es gibt etwa 100 verschiedene Geschmäcker) und kauft sich dann den Homer-Donut (sein Hintergedanke ist natürlich die TV-Serie ,the Simpsons'). Diese Süssigkeiten sehen nicht nur gut aus, sondern schmecken laut Müggi auch SNACKtacular! 🙂

      Eigentlich beginnen wir unseren Besuch in Portland nicht mit der Downtown, sondern mit der interessanten Führung in der USS Blueback Submarine, welche im Kalten Krieg über 30 Jahre im Einsatz stand. Insgesamt lebten über 2 Monate jeweils 85 Soldaten auf engstem Raum, bis zu 200 Meter unter Wasser.
      Scheinbar wird man als Soldat in einem U-Boot sehr gut bezahlt, bekommt 4 Mal täglich sehr gutes Essen und wird im Militär als ruhmreiche Position angesehen. Einmal pro Woche steht eine Dusche zur Verfügung, jedoch mit meistens kaltem Wasser. Diese nutzte man aber vielfach gar nicht, denn erstens war die begrenzte Zeit 1 Minute und zweitens wurde die Dusche auch als Vorratskammer für Nahrungsmittel genutzt. Das heisst, man musste zuerst alles ausräumen und am Schluss wieder putzen.

      Nach dem Besuch in der Stadt entscheiden wir uns, irgendwo noch gemütlich ein Käffeli zu geniessen. Deshalb fahren wir in das Städtchen Lake Oswego, wo wir auch unsere Unterkunft haben. Dieses liegt nur etwa 20 Minuten von Portland, aber könnte unterschiedlicher nicht sein. Denn hier wohnen ausschliesslich sehr wohlhabende Menschen. Das erkennt man auf einen Blick. Krass, zu sehen, wie die Schere zwischen arm und reich so nahe beieinander liegt.
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      Traveler

      Juhuu! 🤤

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    • Day80

      Portland

      September 15, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Unser Programm starten wir heute erst am Nachmittag. Am Morgen nehmen wir es etwas ruhiger.

      Zuerst besuchen wir das ,The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium and Museum'. Dies ist eine eher aussergewöhnliche Kunstgalerie - typisch Amerika. Der Besuch dauert insgesamt viel weniger lang als gedacht, da die Ausstellung sehr klein ist. Doch es gibt einige witzige Sachen, über die wir schmunzeln müssen. Sogar die berühmte Sängerin ,Katy Perry' hat dieses Museum 2018 besucht.

      Dann geht es weiter zum ,International Rose Test Garden'. Insgesamt beherbergt der Garten mehr als 10'000 Rosen, 8000 Rosenbögen und 500 verschiedene Sorten. Portland wird auch ,Rosenstadt' genannt, denn die Wetterbedingungen begünstigen das Wachsen der Rosen. 1917 wurde dieser Park von der Stadt bewilligt. Zuerst diente dieser Garten als sicherer Hafen für Rosen aus Europa, während des 1.WK.
      Der Park ist täglich geöffnet. Freiwillige pflegen diesen. Am meisten lohnt sich der Besuch von Mai-September, da die Rosenpracht in dieser Zeit am sehenswertesten ist.

      Nach diesem blumigen Besuch gehts weiter nach Lake Oswego. Dort trinken wir einen feinen Flat White im Starbucks und unterhalten uns (ja, auch nach 80 Tagen gibt es noch viel Gesprächsstoff 😅).

      Wir machen uns dann auf den Nachhauseweg, kochen etwas Feines (immer wieder müssen wir mit der Pfanne nach draussen, da der Feueralarm auch bei geöffneter Tür und geöffnetem Fenster abgeht 🤔🤣) und schauen dann die heute erschienene Dokumentation über Michael Schumacher auf Netflix.
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      Traveler

      😱 Brudaaah!

      9/16/21Reply
      Traveler

      I leba no! 🤘😎

      9/16/21Reply
      Traveler

      😆

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    • Day55

      Portland

      June 2, 2022 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      On passe une grosse partie de la journée à rouler, toujours en traversant des panoramas magnifiques de plaines entourées de monts enneigés. On s'arrête pour manger le midi et le ciel se couvre. Il se met à pleuvoir et on passe par des routes brumeuses. On se fait suivre pendant quelque temps par une patrouille de shérif avant de se faire arrêter. Il nous reproche d'avoir une plaque d'immatriculation non renouvelée, alors que Julien a pourtant bien payé. Impossible de le prouver mais l'homme croit en notre bonne foi et nous laisse partir. Dans l'après-midi, on arrive à Portland. On se gare proche de la rive droite et on traverse la Willamette River pour se retrouver dans Downtown. Pas de Saturday Market comme on est un jeudi. On passe par le quartier chinois et d'autres où se mêlent des bâtiments au style architectural varié. Il y a aussi beaucoup de tentes de sans-abri dans les rues de la ville. On passe dans une très grande librairie spécialisée dans les livres d'occasion car Julien y avait repéré un livre qu'il cherchait depuis longtemps. Il en prend un deuxième au passage. Pour changer de ses habitudes, Grégoire, lui, achète un jeu de société. On retraverse un des ponts pour retourner à l'est de la ville où on s'autorise un dîner, et bien sûr une bière, dans une microbrasserie. Ensuite, on ressort de la ville et on trouve un coin paisible le long d'un sentier pour la nuit.Read more

      Traveler

      Il manque un selfie avec le policier!!!👮‍♂️😉🤣

      6/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      Quel gueuleton !

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    • Day81

      Mount Hood region

      September 16, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Früh müssen wir aus den Federn, denn heute stehen die Multnomah Falls und der Trillium Lake auf dem Programm.
      Die erste Station ist nur etwa 40 Minuten von unserem Zuhause entfernt.

      Der Multnomah Wasserfall (höchster Waterfall im Staat Oregon) entspringt dem gleichnamigen Fluss. Er ist zweistufig und insgesamt 189 Meter hoch. Zu finden ist dieser am bekannten Columbia River Highway (benannt nach dem Fluss). Das ganze Jahr über fliesst hier Wasser. Im Winter kann es vorkommen, dass ein Teil des Wasserfalls gefriert.

      Nach diesem Besuch gehts weiter Richtung Trillium Lake. Von dort aus haben wir einen wunderbaren Blick auf den bekannten Mount Hood.
      Der Stratovulkan ist mit einer Höhe von 3425m der höchste Berg in Oregon und der vierthöchste der Kaskadenkette.
      Wir erfreuen uns an der Aussicht bei wunderschönem Wetter, geniessen die Ruhe, beobachten Fischer und einen Hund, der eine Ente jagt 🙊 und laufen dann noch 4.4 Meilen (7km) um den Trillium Lake. Sonnengetankt und zufrieden gehts dann wieder zurück nach Lake Oswego.

      Der Weg vom Trillium Lake zurück, bringt uns an Gemeinden vorbei,mit einprägsamen & lustigen Namen wie Sandy, Marmot, Boring, Rhododeron, Zigzag und Cherryville sowie der Skisprungschanze Snow Bunny.😊

      Nach dem Abendessen packen wir unsere Taschen, da wir morgen wieder früh Richtung Roseburg abfahren wollen.
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      Traveler

      😯gewaltig! 💪

      9/17/21Reply
      Traveler

      Wunderschön 🥰

      9/17/21Reply
      Traveler

      👌

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    • Day60

      Portland, weiter geht's

      July 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

      ---UPDATE--- nun mit Bildern.
      Nach einem wahnsinns Frühstück ging es zu Marc und seinem Mitbewohner Scott. “Ihr könnt bleiben, so lange ihr wollt. Bier ist im Kühlschrank.“ Gibt es eine bessere Begrüßung? Zu essen gab es frischen Lachs vom Grill. Perfekt! Die Bilder sind alle im Kopf und nicht mit der Kamera aufgenommen...Read more

      Bent Jansen

      Werdet ihr zu faul, um alles in Bildern zu dokumentieren? 😂😂😂😂

      7/21/17Reply
      Traveler

      Na gut, nun kommen auch ein paar Bilder...

      7/21/17Reply
      Dietmar Segebrecht

      Der eine sieht aus wie ein weiterer Jansen 😊

      7/21/17Reply
      Traveler

      Stimmt

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    • Day21

      Downtown, Portland OR

      July 5, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Portland is a beautiful city and we spent today cramming as much in as possible. The public transport here is brilliant, we jumped onto the Tri-met Maxrail at 8.00am for 5$ a head ride all day for 24 hours. With a quick stop and a coffee at Pioneer Square we boarded the max rail again and wnt up to Washington Park the home of Portland Zoo, the Japanese Garden, International Rose garden, Vietnam Vets memorial, a memorial to the Holocaust Victims and more.
      I was first taken to the Rose garden in 1994 and have always wanted to come back. From the terminus of the Maxrail there is a free shuttle every 15 minutes that runs through Washington Park. We got off the shuttle at the Rose garden, the rose fragrance is amazing and there are literally thousands of roses planted here. The oldest being a rose bush grown from a cutting from a plant 1000 years old.
      From here we went our separate ways with Carl and Paola going to the Vietnam Memorial and the Zoo and us walking the streets and taking in Portland downtown. Noela picked up some good bargains. We really enjoyed all of the different parts of the city including some of the weird ssites like the blue guy below. Reports from Carl and Paola are that the zoo is fantastic, and Carl got to appease his bear appetite again.
      We regrouped at the motel at 4.30 and visited the Columbia river adjacent to the airport where there is a whole community living in houseboats on the river. Portland is truly a wonderful place but for now we are packed and ready for our gypsy train to move on. Tomorrow we move on to visit Mt Hood and Sisters Oregon and some very special friends.
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    • Day33

      An Oregons Küste nach Portland

      September 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      Wir werden langsam müde, weil wir den ganzen Tag unterwegs sind und abends viel zu erledigen ist und wie ihr seht geht meine Tastatur nicht richtig , an sowas basteln wir stundenlang rum, auch die Fotos jeden Abend aussortieren bei 150 bis 300 Bildern am Tag. Und Hotels oder Campingplätze suchen geht nur mit Internet. Ich habe auch meist Kosten abgerechnet grob. Es hieß 200 brauche man in Amerika am Tag yu yweit. Aber das geht auch weit drunter, nur wir gehen nicht oft essen. Kaffee und Tee gibt's hier bei MC Donald für 1 Dollar, den normalen. Die Motels kosten ca. 60, 70 Dollar die Nacht. Im Zimmer gibt's alles Kaffeekocher, Mikrowelle, Fernseher, den wir nie nutyen.
      Ich finde Amerika großzügig und riesig. Mir gefällt es hier gut. Die Natur ist gigantisch!! Nur man schafft es kaum, bei so ne großen Reise alles zu erfassen. Überall suchen wir zuerst das Visitor Center auf und Fragen, was man in kurzer Zeit unbedingt machen und schaffen kann, auf der Durchreise versteht sich. Heute sind wir an der Küste einen Berg mit 240 Höhenmeter raufgeklettert , sehr anstrengend, ohne Asthmaspray, was ich immer vergesse. Schöne Aussicht, aber viel besser war es dann am Meer, speiyende Felsen, die Wasserdampf ausstoßen, gewaltig, welche Kraft hier das Meer hat, wenn es an die Felsen bricht. - Um ca 19 Uhr im Motel angekommen, die sind hier abgelegen, eher an der Autobahn, große Zimmer wie heute und Comfort nicht immer. Essen im Zimmer zu Abend, zu k.o. Nochmal loszufahren. Aber morgen früh will ich kurz mal nach Portland rein, dann geht es 300 km zum Olympic National Park, für den wir uns 2-3 Tage nehmen. 1x zelten. Nächsten Freitag fahren wir per Bus 14:40 Std. von Tacoma nach Redding. Das wird wohl anstrengend. Kommen da nachts nach 23 Uhr an.
      So nun alles Liebe.
      Uns geht es gesundheitlich ok. Sorge macht uns, das wir soviel Stress mit dem noch nicht vermieteten Zimmern haben. Auch Immi wird es zuviel, war ja auch anders gedacht. Mit Sprachschülern wird es nichts leider. So müssen wir oft Anfragen beantworten, die leider wegen der langsamen Reaktion oft wohl ins Leere laufen.
      Ansonsten sind wir dankbar, wie gut alles gelaufen ist trotz aller Hindernisse. Wir treffen auch überall hilfsbereite Menschen, und wenn es nur ist um ein paarfoto zu kriegen, dafür hat jeder hier Verständnis.
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      Heike Schwarz

      Spucken Löcher am CAPe Perpetua

      9/24/17Reply
      Heike Schwarz

      Andreas glücklich mit Eis bei den Seelöwen in Newport an der Pier

      9/24/17Reply
      Heike Schwarz

      Im State Park nördlich Newport

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    • Day27

      USA 4

      September 20, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Day 15 Saturday 8th September Smith Rock - Salem
      Woke up and got up as early as we could so we could get under way before the heat set in. Was another dodgy night sleep as it was still hot when we went to bed so falsely believed we wouldn’t need a million layers but temp dropped as it typically does in the desert and was freezing again. Also was super windy and the dust was fine enough that it somehow got into the tent thanks to the wind so I had really bad sleep apnea and three or four hours sleep. Lily slept a bit better although she had to keep the windows shut because of the dust so was pretty warm start to her night before the temperature dropped.

      Had breakfast and packed up tent etc and made it to Smith Rock by 8:45. Was still about 18ºC at this time of day so we set out on a hike. Took us about half an hour to do the ‘hard’ part of the hike, which was aptly named Misery Ridge Trail. I had to have a 20 minute sit down and my reflux meds once we got to the top as it had seriously tested me. I think the problem was that the entire thing was incredibly steep ‘climb’ up the rocks with absolutely no shade or shelter. A few points on the way up I wasn’t 100% sure I could actually complete it or not. Was glad I did though, and even more of a relief to watch from the top as everyone else (including the regulars who were there to rock climb) struggled with the hike. After I recovered we went on to a joining hike that was just a loop trail (that would take us a long scenic way back to the start). There were heaps of rock climbers and ‘slack liners’ - easiest way to describe slack lining would be like tightrope walking cross high ropes. They had harnesses on, but for the most part they were just walked across a rope bolted between two seperate rocks with huge drops below. We watched one incredibly impressive lady slack line what must have been 100 metres from one section to the other with nothing below. By the time she finished a pretty big crowd had gathered so she got a pretty enthusiastic round of applause. Lily and I were both very impressed but both agreed we probably wouldn’t (and couldn’t) do something like it. As Lily said, you would have to be crazy to do that for fun.

      After we finished our hike (about 3 hours after we started Misery Ridge Trail) we hopped in the car and got on our way to Salem. We stopped for some lunch for but then was a pretty smooth run on to Salem as we had just over a 3 hour drive to get through. Arrived in Salem and found the place pretty easily. Checked in and had showers (and skyped families each). I wasn’t feeling very well (heat stroke) so I skipped dinner and just did went through my endless photos, also booked some things because Lily was having a bit of a panic about things we hadn’t organised yet, and then had an early night.

      Day 16 Sunday 9th September 2018 Salem - Portland

      Got up and went to free breakfast, then got organised and did laundry. I slept really well, but Lily had been really worked up about organising everything so she couldn’t calm down enough to sleep so wasn’t feeling too good this morning. Afterwards had a drive into Salem centre and walked around. Not a whole lot to see and even less people around to see it. Supposed to be the capital of Oregon but it was super hard to plan - I googled “things to do in Salem” and the top 10 list that came up was all things in Portland.

      Went and got some lunch and ate lunch in the park. Was some live perfomances/music happening so stayed to watch. Was average, to be honest, but was still good fun and everyone else seemed to think it was awesome. We then got on our way to Portland.

      Easy drive - about an hour and no traffic. Checked in at AirBNB using self check in (just using a pin) and got ourselves a bit organised. Couldn’t get the wifi to work so ended up just driving into town to see what we could find for dinner. It was about 7:30-8pm on a Sunday night but it was absolutely dead. We found a park very easily (in the middle of the city) and there wasn’t anyone on the streets, and lots of places closed. Ended up at brewery and had some of their “late night menu” food which was actually delicious (marinated cauliflower and mac and cheese balls) and a beer recommended by the bar tender which was also really good.

      We also could use their free wifi to look up how we were supposed to connect to wifi at AirBnB - turns out instructions were on the app which we didn’t have. Anyway was easy enough once we had emailed the host. Back home to do some more planning, and then bed.

      Day 17 Monday 10th September 2018 - Portland
      Slept really well personally, but Lily really struggled (think she was over tired and then started to stress about not getting to sleep) but slow start to get going. Think our sleeping habits (and probably the travelling) were catching up with us as we were both exhausted despite having decent night sleeps. Eventually got going, catching a bus into town centre. Was supposed to be over half hour bus ride according to google but it was probably 20-25 minutes and was pretty straight forward. I really wish Brisbane would take notes on how other countries/places run their public transport because there aren’t many places I go to that have worse public transport than Brisbane (mind you to be fair, I don’t catch public transport if I can’t figure it out so maybe that’s my fault for not taking public transport in badly set up systems). Portland was very straight forward - a flat fee to ride the bus regardless where you were going (you could also use a hops card, or you could use your hops app to buy a ticket and show the driver, or you could even use apple pay, samsung pay, or android pay to buy a ticket as you hopped on). Bus stops were announced over a speaker as well as displayed on the screen as you came up to them and were titled based on the street they were on and the closest intersecting street to them.
      Once in town, went to information centre to get some maps and see if there was anything else recommended to do outside of the things we had already planned. We then grabbed a bite to eat from a street vendor (was AMAZING - was basically just an egg sandwich but best egg sandwich I’ve ever eaten) and headed down to a riverwalk. Based on reviews online and comments made it was a ‘must do’ location and I kind of expected something similar to Southbank - which turned out to be drastically over sensationalised. It was definitely a nice area, but a lot of homeless people had taken over the park areas, and under bridges, and the river wasn’t too nice to look at and was criss-crossed by these massive concrete and/or steel monstrosities of bridges. It also started to rain whilst we were walking along there so we probably weren’t in the right frame of mind to properly appreciate it.

      Our walk ended when it was time to head back into the streets of Portland and find a walking tour we had booked. Found it easily enough and got underway. This was one that went for 2 hours and it was honestly brilliant. The tour guide clearly loved Portland (had been born there and spent a lot of his life there) and history and enjoyed his job. The tour was pegged as an underground tour - both as a metaphorical term and as a literal term - as he talked about the ‘shady’ past of Portland and how it came to be (started out talking about how Portland was founded on the three “b’s” - beds, booze, and brothels, talked about ‘shanghaiing’ which was actually called crimping and how all these legends had sprung up about how the tunnels under Portland were built for crimping - which wasn’t true at all they were flood tunnels and you didn’t need tunnels for crimping because it was completely legal to do). We went back to the river walk Lily and I had just been on and he showed us all these little areas we had missed that were memorials for WWII. Portland had a huge population of Japanese - who ran local businesses and lived in the area - before the attack on Pearl Harbour. After, they were giving a month to liquidate their assets and sent to internment camps. According to the guide (who called the whole thing unconstitutional before he even told the story) Portland never really recovered and it’s only in very recent times that he’s been lucky enough to see Portland begin to diversify again (in terms of cultures and race), which really surprised me because even having been there less than 24 hours Lily and I had seen signs everywhere saying “In our America: All people are equal; love wins; black lives matter; immigrants & refugees are welcome; disabilities are respected; women are in charge of their bodies; people & planet are valued over profit; diversity is celebrated” - this exact sign displayed really proudly in front of peoples houses etc or store fronts. It was almost as common as the flag here (the flag was still horrifically common). A lot of stores had notices on their front windows “refugees and immigrants will always be welcome here” and things to that affect. So was really surprising to hear that it was a very white washed society until recently but I guess it goes to show that ignorance really is a choice for some when Portland appears to have risen above it without exposure (unless the interest in inclusivity was a recent movement due to exposure of different cultures and not an ongoing underlying ideology of Portland).

      After the tour we went back to some of the places we’d gone on the tour to check them out without a tour group around us, and then we went to one of the biggest items on my ‘must see’ list - Powells City of Books. There’s a bookstore in New York that Guinness Book of Records decided was the biggest book store in the world - but this was due to floor space and if it were measured on shelf space Powells City of Books would be the largest book store (new and used) in the world. We spent close to two hours here and in a massive show of self restraint I only bought five or six books. I honestly could have spent a lot longer there but we were pretty ready for dinner and having spent all day walking/standing we were pretty ready to sit down for a bit, too. There was a pizza place nearby so we thought we would go and check it out. Was actually really impressed with the selection - lots of vegan and vegetarian options, and everything could be made gluten free. Got two slices each thinking we’d never finish them (massive slices) but turned out to be hungrier than we’d thought and managed to finish both each easily.

      After dinner we went for a walk back to a doughnut shop our tour guide had pointed out during our tour called Voodoo Doughnuts. Portland seems to be a city driven by its food culture because everything has been really really good and everything seems to be popular. There was a line out the door and up the street when we had walked past it on our tour but when we went after dinner the line was much much smaller. Bought some doughnuts and then headed back to the bus for a trip home. Was a bit harder getting the bus stop right on the way back because neither of us had looked up which was our stop, we just hoped we could guess based on recognising it. We came pretty close, accidentally getting off the stop before. It was fine though and the walk did us good - had to earn those doughnuts!

      Day 18 Tuesday 11th September 2018 - Portland

      Slept well again but still woke up very very tired. Gave Lil one of my tablets so she ended up sleeping really well although she said it made her feel very out of it/stoned (I always feel like it shuts my brain up and I can function properly so I guess that’s a fair comparison). I really really wanted to go out for breakfast because of the food culture in Portland - I wanted to try their coffee and see what kind of breakfast options they had (see if they broke away from greasy and gross and sugared to something actually edible). I had searched the night before places to go and found what I hoped would be a nice one called Gigi’s Cafe. It was along the same bus route we had taken before so we got ourselves organised and headed off. When we arrived, the place was closed because they were treating their staff to a relaxation retreat ….which sounds exactly like our luck. We actually had a pretty decent laugh because it was closed the days we were in Portland only (except for the day we were due to leave it would reopen) and that seemed to line up with a few things that had been happening over the trip.

      There was a bakery nearby that smelled amazing though so we went there instead. Coffee was okay but breakfast was amazing again (omelette inside a croissant for me - Lily had similar but also had a sweet treat for after). There was no where to sit but one women shifted a few things around on her table and we pulled some chairs over and were able to share the space pretty well. This seemed to be fairly common as two more guests were also able to do something similar at other tables around us.

      After breakfast got back on the bus into town and went back to the information centre. We were doing a hop on hop off trolley tour that I had looked into and we just needed to find out where to buy tickets etc. Found in easily enough and had some time to do a bit of window shopping before the next trolley came along. It was a pretty rainy and miserable day so we were happy to be inside in the warmth until the trolley arrived, and then happy to see the sights from the shelter of the trolley. The whole trolley tour (if you sat on it from start right until the end) takes about 2 and a half hours, a new one starting every hour, so we had looked ahead to see and try and plan which stops we wanted to get off at as there wasn’t enough hours in the day to do them all OR to just sit on the trolley. We hopped off at the rose garden, which was gorgeous, and tried to do the Japanese garden but there was a fee to get in and we both felt that seeing as we have both been to an actual Japanese garden in Japan we would probably be disappointed with it after having paid to see it. Checked out the gift shop instead and had a wonderful time there too before heading back to catch the next trolley.

      Was really nice to hear the information and history about things around Portland without having to walk in the rain, and the day started to clear up. One of the stops we got off at was the Riverplace which was probably closer to Southbank than the riverwalk the day before with restaurants and art pieces doting the walk. We stopped in for a late lunch where we had jacket potatoes and I had a smoothie and Lily had a glass of wine and then went for a walk. Was much more scenic and definitely a nicer area with the sun out, although again pretty deserted.

      Ended up catching the last trolley back into town. Lily wanted to do a bit of shopping after that for some more winter gear, and we hopped we would be hungry enough for dinner after that. We weren’t in the end, so we caught a bus out to the Cultural District because Lily really wanted to see it. I had done a little research and wasn’t really keen but neither of us were hungry yet and knew we had to have dinner before going back to the AirBnB so it was a good way to kill time. It was a 30-45 minute bus ride to get out there which was easy enough to sort out. It had been raining again the ride there but stopped by the time we arrived. It was definitely a very artsy area - street art everywhere and the shops were more independents (no chains anywhere) and specialised/boutiques but most were closed. Again there were no people around, and no where to eat (we still weren’t hungry though so wasn’t a problem. We had a walk around and Lily bought some stickers (she is collecting them from her travels) at this one shop that was open. Was a bit of a highlight to be honest because the shop owner had his cat with him in store so Lily shopped and I got to make faces at the cat until she allowed me to pat her.

      Started to rain pretty heavily so we went and caught a bus back into town (another 30-45 minutes) but we missed the stop to get off at by quite a long shot so had a 20-25 minute walk added to the end which was fine. Still weren’t hungry (too many carbs at lunch probably) but it was getting late (around 7:30) so we just sucked it up and walked into a ‘pub’ although Portland doesn’t really do pubs the way Australia would. It was very high end and we were worried we might have been under dressed - but it was still a pub and whilst some people were dressed up there were a lot who weren’t. We got a cheese board and a dip board. It was really excellent, three types of cheese all locally sourced, fruit paired to match the cheese, the dip board had humous and tzatziki and a pita bread and a whole heap of veggies for dipping. Our waiter was also hilarious so ended up being a really good meal and despite not being super hungry it was all so good we finished almost all of it.

      Caught bus home, and then spent the night packing up/getting ready to leave the next day.

      Day 19 Tuesday 12th September 2018 - Portland - Mt St Helens

      Up early and on our way - a pretty good night sleep again but as is now the standard we were still tired. We decided to have another go at Gigi’s Cage which was actually open this time (hoorah!). It was really, really good. I had the waffles with veggie patties and scrambled eggs, and a coffee. Lily had a veggie hash and a hot chocolate. The coffee still had that slightly burnt taste that all american coffee seems to have but it was still a really good coffee especially compared to what I’d been drinking so far. Lily’s hot chocolate was ginormous but she said it was really good.

      After breakfast we went to Forest Park - which is an urban forest reserve. It was basically a forest in a city (although it was technically on the outskirts) and was really weird to hike through it and listen to natural sounds whilst also still being able to hear the trams and buses and cars. Was still a really nice walk though and long enough to feel like a good bit of exercise without feeling over the top. Started to rain as we were heading back to the car, too, so timed it well.

      An easy drive on to Mt St Helens, where we got groceries on the way and stopped to get some petrol. When we checked in there was some things we had to sign and they made us put on these wrist bands but we didn’t really look at it/pay attention to what we were signing. Later found out we had been saying we understood we were within the blast zone of an active volcano and knew the risks and basically wouldn’t sue or try to recover any damages if it did explode whilst we were there.

      Wifi didn’t really work but it was reasonably late when we arrived so we mostly just had showers/cooked dinner/set ourselves up and then went to bed.

      (most of the photos are on my phone so I've uploaded two of our beautiful faces and will add more when I've had a chance to load all my photos to my laptop)
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      Re. Signs I am guessing Portland didn't vote for Trump

      9/20/18Reply
      Traveler

      Wow. I feel tired from just reading this. Sounds like you are finally sleeping well and the food has been great. Voodoo doughnuts was the place I mentioned to you. Glad to hear you are enjoying it so much and getting to do lots of different things.

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    • Day11

      Portland

      June 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Die Stadt begrüßt uns mit herrlichem Sonnenschein und 28 Grad. Starbucks musste unsere erste Adresse sein, weil Jörg ein bisschen arbeiten musste, danach sind wir einfach ein wenig durch die Straßen gezogen. Jackpot Records, Tender Loving Empire und Powell's Books durfte für Jörg nicht fehlen.
      Chillen am Willamette River. Alles sehr entspannt, aber auch unspektakulär.

      Wir wollten für heute Nacht wirklich einen Campingplatz nehmen, aber nachdem wir bei dem 3. Campground ein "no vacancy" gesehen haben und wir schon 19.30 Uhr hatten, entschieden wir uns wieder für die Straße! Wassertank etc. ist auch alles noch ausreichend da, also probieren wir es noch mal. Und morgen buchen wir dann mal wieder, versprochen!
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    • Day54

      Exploring PDX by bicycle

      September 25, 2015 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      We detoured from the coast into Portland because we wanted to explore the city and experience the Portland vibe. We rolled around taking in the city and its great bike infrastructure, including a new bridge, Tillicum Crossing, that just opened and is only for bikes, pedestrians and public transit (no cars, crazy awesome!). We also went to Powell's and read some books...Read more

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