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  • Day79

    Portland Downtown

    September 14 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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    Dario Furger

    Juhuu! 🤤

    9/17/21Reply
     
  • Day43

    Short stopp in Portland

    August 4, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

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    After a workout and stop at Cannon Beach 🏝 we went to buy new sleeping pads. Our mattress (RIP) is gone... 😫 and for the rest of the trip we definitely needed new ones. After getting two pads at the sales 🤩😅 we took of for the next stop on our road-trip - Portland. Just south of the city we found a nice rest area to sleep. And thank good the new pads are still working!
    In Portland we visited the UPS store to send the broken mattress back to amazon. We have never done something stupid like that! Amazon is paying 160$ for the shipping of a 75$ worth broken mattress, to destroy it anyway, instead of relaying on our pictures and just refund us the money for the mattress 🙁😂. Weird story - welcome to the world of online shopping 😨.
    After that we went through town, saw the Pioneer Courthouse and Square, the Steel Bridge and a market right at the waterfront.
    We weren’t flashed by the city, so we decided to head back to the coast towards Lincoln City and further south towards Florence 🏝😍.

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    Nach einem kleinen Workout und Zwischenstopp am Cannon Beach 🏝, haben wir uns heute eine neue Luftmatratze gekauft. Unsere Matratze hat nun für immer das Zeitliche gesegnet 😫. Da wir für den Rest der Reise unbedingt neue Matratzen brauchen, fuhren wir los. Nachdem wir zwei Pads im Sale 🤩😅 bekommen hatten, machten wir uns auf den Weg nach Portland, der nächsten Station unseres Roadtrips. Südlich der Stadt fanden wir am Abend einen schönen und kostenlosen Rastplatz zum Schlafen. Und Gott sei Dank funktionieren die neuen Pads auch noch nach der ersten Nacht!
    In Portland besuchten wir zunächst den UPS Store, um die kaputte Matratze an Amazon zurück zu schicken. Wir haben noch nie etwas so Unnötiges und Dummes gemacht! Amazon zahlt uns lieber 160$ für den Versand der 70€ teuren kaputten Matratze, um diese dann sowieso zu zerstören, anstatt nach unseren Bildern zu urteilen uns einfach nur das Geld für die Matratze 🙁😂 zurückzuzahlen. Seltsame Geschichte - willkommen in der Welt des Online-Shoppings 😨.
    Danach fuhren wir durch die Stadt, sahen das Pioneer Courthouse und den dazugehörigen Square, die Steel Bridge und einen Markt direkt am Wasser.
    Wir waren nicht von der Stadt selbst Mega begeistert und beschlossen daher zurück an die Küste nach Lincoln City und weiter südlich nach Florenz zu fahren 🏝😍.
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    Antje Konopka

    Auch keine Städte-Freaks wie wir, wie?😂

    8/5/19Reply
    Ilona Davidovic

    Auweia! 😉 liebe Grüße 😘❤️

    8/5/19Reply
    Sophie96

    Ne Mama nicht immer 😂

    8/6/19Reply
    Sophie96

    Oh ja Loni du sagst es!❤️

    8/6/19Reply
     
  • Day59

    Portland

    July 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Diese Stadt kämpft gerade mit Boston um den Titel zur schönsten Stadt der USA.
    Marc getroffen, den wir in Island kennengelernt haben. Beim “Soccer“ gewesen und seit dem stolzes Mitglied der Timbers Army. Großartiger Tag und Abend.Read more

  • Day59

    Roadtrip from SF to Portland

    July 18, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    What a ride. Typical problem: too much to see and so little time! Great views on the road on highway 1, a night in Eureka (wouldn't recommend that) and on we went on highway 101 - mountains, lakes, beaches, sea, 2000 year old woodsRead more

    Cornelia Schleising

    Das kann nicht mein Auto sein! Wieso zu wenig Zeit? Kuss Ma

    7/19/17Reply
     
  • 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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  • Day9

    Portland

    March 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Ziel ist Portland. Gegen 8.00 ist es noch ziemlich frisch und neblig. Scheibenbremsen sind was schönes, wenn sie funktionieren. Öl (Bremsflüssigkeit) ist ausgelaufen und die Bremsen haben permanent gebremst. Also habe ich die Vorderradbremse ausgebaut und gehofft, dass ein Fahrradgeschäft die Bremse wieder repariert. Berg hoch, Berg runter mit nur einer Bremse ist höchst spannend. Die eine Hang war mir zu steil, und deshalb habe ich das Fahrrad den Berg nach unten geschoben. Die ganze Tour habe ich gehofft, dass die Hinterradbremse hält. Nach 2 Akkuladungen fuhr ich sofort zum Fahrradladen und ließ die Bremse wieder in Ordnung bringen.
    Anschließend Zimmer suchen Essen und dann schlafen. Die Bilder zeigen paar wenige Eindrücke von Portland. Mein Hauptinteresse galt dem Fahrrad. Es fährt gut. Ansonsten will ich morgen an die Küste fahren.
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    Uwe Dierks

    Harte Tour, 2 mal Reifen und die Bremse. Wünsch Dir mehr Glück für die nächsten Meilen. Schöne Aufnahmen.

    3/30/19Reply
     
  • Day137

    Major League Soccer, Portland Timbers

    August 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    29.08.2019
    Auf dem Weg zum PacificCrestTrail musste ich eine Übernachtung in Portland einplanen. Wie es der Zufall so will, fand an genau diesem Abend ein Fußballspiel der Portland Timbers (Major League Soccer = erste Fußballiga in USA/Kanada) statt.
    Die Stimmung im 21.000 Besucher fassenden Stadion war fantastisch und der FC Toronto zu Gast. Die Fans der Portland Timbers Fans sind wohl die gay friendliest auf der Welt und gehen richtig mit. Das Stadion ist voll mit Regenbogenfahnen und ein schönes Vorbild, dass Profifußball und LGBT funktionieren können. Das Niveau des Fußballspieles lag wohl zwischen 2. und 3. Bundesliga in Deutschland.

    https://www.google.de/amp/s/www.outsports.com/platform/amp/2017/7/25/16014958/katelyn-best-portland-soccer-gay-rainbow-flag-coming-out

    Nach jedem Tor werden Pyro-Fontänen in den Vereinsfarben mit gelben und grünen Pulver in die Luft geschossen. Das Maskottchen ist ein Holzfäller und von einem vorbereiteten Baumstamm wird bei jedem Tor eine Holzscheibe abgesägt. Der hält das anschließend hoch, wie die Meisterschale bei uns und das Stadion flippt aus :) Die Portland Timbers haben an diesem Abend mit 2:0 gewonnen.

    31.08.2018
    Bei Ankunft in Sisters/ Oregon war die gesamte Umgebung wieder in dicken Smog gehüllt. Gerade vor ein paar Tagen sind Feuer in der Nähe ausgebrochen und der Rauch zieht in Richtung Stadt. Die Brände liegen glücklicherweise außerhalb des PacificCrestTrail und der Weg nach Norden ist offen. Heute hatten wir dann blauen Himmel und kein Rauch mehr in der Luft. Die Windrichtung wird in den nächsten Tagen über die Luftqualität entscheiden. Morgen früh werde ich von Trail Angel "Gretchen" zurück an den McKenzie Pass gefahren und es geht weiter auf dem PacificCrestTrail.
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    Andre Müller

    Powell's Books - der größte Buchladen der Welt (fast ein Straßenblock groß)

    9/1/18Reply
    Andre Müller

    Straßenszene in Portland

    9/1/18Reply
    Tina Schmidt

    Da kommen wir im November auch hin!😊

    9/2/18Reply
    Andreas Müller

    Lieber André, Mit großer Freude haben wir gestern Deine wunderschöne, selbst gestaltete Karte erhalten. Zuvor hatte schon Tante Ingrid ganz happy und aufgelöst von Deinen lieben Zeilen berichtet und uns die wunderbaren und tiefsinnigen Gedanken über Euch Wanderer vorgelesen. Als sie aus dem Garten kam und den Briefkasten öffnete, flog sie direkt auf Wolke sieben, so glücklich war sie über Deine Post. Gaaanz herzlichen Dank und liebe Grüße auch von ihr. Wie Du siehst, ist Dir die Überraschung für uns voll gelungen. Nun ist es nicht mehr allzu lang bis zum großen Familientreffen. Wir alle freuen uns sehr darauf. Bis dahin wünschen wir Dir noch eine schöne Zeit auf dem Trail und auf Hawai.. In Liebe Mama und Papa

    9/6/18Reply
     
  • Day45

    Portland, Oregon

    October 1, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Aujourd'hui, on sort du parc national du Mont Rainier pour aller voir le Mont St-Helens, un icône de la région et surtout un volcan actif! En route, on fait le plein d'essence et de nourriture. Nous nous heurtons à un mur plus loin car le chemin est bloqué, impossible de poursuivre du côté Est du mont. La route pour aller du côté ouest est beaucoup plus longue mais c'est aussi le chemin qui mène vers Portland. On ne baisse pas les épaules et on rebrousse donc chemin pour aller dans cette direction.

    En route, on se rend compte de plus en plus que le ciel est pas mal enuagé et que possiblement nous ne pourrons pas voir le mont. On évalue nos options. Notre arrêt suivant sur l'itinéraire était Canon Beach puis Portland. La météo s'annonce ordinaire à Canon Beach alors on choisit d'inverser les deux. Portland ce sera! On poursuit donc la route sur l'autoroute qui s'élargir jusqu'à 3 puis 4 voies près de la ville. Nous avons trouvé un stationnement dans une partie de la ville qui ne coûte que 1,50$ pour la nuit!! Pas pire deal ça!? En arrivant, nous constatons qu'il y a bien une place pour nous, que nous prenons et allons se promener dans les environs en poussette. Dans le coin, on trouve des restos, des boutiques sympatiques et des food trucks. C'est une rue commerciale mais dans un quartier moins achalandé de la ville. C'est parfait pour la soirée et la nuit. On essaye une microbrasserie qui faisait des excellentes bières!! On reprend notre marche et on s'arrête dans des petites boutiques sans rien acheter. Plus tard, on va souper à un food truck qui prépare des sushis burritos et des poke bowls. C'était vraiment excellent!

    Le lendemain matin, on se lève, prenons notre café expresso dans le camper et on part pour le Visitor Center au centre-ville. Le premier défi est de se trouver un stationnement mais étant donné qu'on est sur semaine, on fini par trouver plutôt rapidement. La ville est divisée en quartiers bien définis grâce à la rivière qui les séparent et l'artère principale au centre. La dame du centre d'information nous explique tout ça et on fait rapidement un petit planning pour la journée. La plupart des endroits du centre-ville sont accessibles à pied, ce qui facilite les choses. On va d'abord marcher vers le quartier chinois et on s'arrête dans un café en chemin. Vraiment excellent et on y fait des provisions!

    Après il est bientôt temps de déplacer notre véhicule (limite de 2h!). On en profite pour faire une marche dans le parc qui borde la rivière Willamette pour se rendre au parking. Ça nous donne une belle vue sur la rivière et les multiples ponts qui la traverse. On se rapproche ensuite du Chinatown et on se trouve un bon resto où on peut manger des excellents dumplings et des ramens. On va ensuite se gâter un dessert dans une institution et où les donuts sont emblématiques de la ville: Voodoo Doughnuts. Ouf... vraiment cochon ça! Ils ont une foule de choix tous plus sucrés et cochons les uns que les autres! Même un gigantesque en forme de falus, pour les intéressés! Et ils s'appelle bien le cock and balls où les Balls sont fourés à la crème!!! Sacré Américains! On a quand même pris un chacun mais ouf, on aurait peut être pas dû! C'était bon mais juste bien trop gros et sucré!! En tous cas, on a survécu en marchant jusqu'au Chinese Garden. Vraiment un bel endroit. C'est très compact car, le jardin occupe seulement un bloc au beau milieu des édifices, mais c'était très joli et apaisant comme endroit.

    Après cette belle visite, on quitte la Chine pour se rendre dans un quartier complémentaire différent, Pearl. On y trouve des magasins en tous genres et beaucoup de restaurants et microbrasseries. On fait une boutique ou deux et on va dans une première micro. La bière est pas mal mais le clou de la visite c'est de jaser avec un couple avec enfant de San Diego. C'est un des endroits où l'on veut aller dans notre périple alors on prend avec joie les conseils et idées qu'ils nous donnent. Leur petite fille a un mois de plus que Samuel mais elle est plus petite quand même. On a vraiment un beau gros bébé nous!!!! Lol

    Après ça, on marche encore un peu pour profiter du beau temps, on fait quelques boutiques et on arrête dans une dernière micro avant de regagner le véhicule. On se déplace vers le jardin des roses. C'est un jardin, a l'accès gratuit, qui regroupe une quantité impressionnante de sortes de roses. Pour être plus précis, le jardin rassemble plus de 7 000 rosiers de 550 variétés environ! On peut s'y promener librement et sentir les fleurs à notre guise. Pour la nuit, on tente notre chance au stationnement de la veille. Après tout, on a déjà notre billet valide jusqu'à 7h le lendemain matin! Encore une fois, on a un espace de libre! Sans trop perdre de temps, on se prépare et on part souper dans un resto pratiquement en face. C'est un resto végétarien qui était très bien noté. Sans dire que ça vallait le détour, on peut dire que c'était bon! Il nous reste un peu d'énergie alors on décide de marcher un temps sur la rue principale, nommée Alberta Drive. La région semble avoir un lien avec le Canada puisque la ville juste au nord s'appelle Vancouver. Original! Sur cette pensée, c'est l'heure du dodo!!
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    Danger!!!!

    10/4/18Reply

    Wow, difficile de faire un choix...est-ce-que c'est votre bière et bouteille d'eau qui tourne aussi? Ha! Ha! Ha!

    10/5/18Reply

    La caméra a changé de mains...une photo de gars cette fois! H!

    10/5/18Reply
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  • Day2

    Portland night 2

    August 25, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Kev couldn't find his glasses that were hanging off his shirt.
    Photo of craft brewery we were at.
    Kev ordered this dark beer that tasted like crap
    Craft Beer was something we struggled with for the entire trip
    More on this later
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    Shareen Stone

    Nice one dad haha

    8/25/18Reply
    Cheryl Closter

    thats you tim

    8/26/18Reply
    Rodrigo Torres

    What happened to your hair Stoney. You didn't have much but there was one or two strands last I saw you. Hope you don't the cap you gave me. Enjoy your belated birthday trip. Take careRodrigo Torres.

    8/31/18Reply
     
  • 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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    Jack Quinn

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    Adrian Quinn

    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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