Sunday, August 26, 2012

The City of Trees

Last Sunday night, I received a call from Shalis at around 5:00 pm asking me if I wanted to go to Portland with her and her mom in an hour.  It took me all of about ten seconds to realize that if didn't go with them, I would probably spend the next week eating lots of food and spending way to much time on the couch. As a result, my answer was a very quick and excited, "Yes!" You see, I've been on summer break from school for about four weeks and I'm kinda losing my mind. When Gabe and Nathan are at work, I pretty much just sit alone in slience for hours. I digress, back to the point.  I have always loved Oregon ever since I was little and my family would make trips up there every year to go visit my Grandparents. It's such a beautiful place and it's full of a bunch of tree huggers just like me.  
We spent most of our time in Portland, but we also branched out and saw the Oregon coast. I've made a list of our favorite things, seeing how I am quite fond of lists. It is the best way for me, a person who is by no means a writer, to organize my thoughts.

The frist place we visited was the Multomah Waterfall. It's absolutely beautiful, but to be honest, I think I was more intrigued by the awesome bridge in front of it than the actual falls.  Unfortunately, while I was walking down the stairs away from the falls, I kind of sprained my ankle, so pretty much the whole trip I was hobbling around like an old woman. 

Portland was our next stop and its such an amazing city with so many awesome things to see.  I loved all the bridges there and am quite upset I didn't get any pictures of them.  

The Pearl District was the place to be in Portland, where most of the cool shops are at.

Every trip to Downtown Portland, or anywhere for that matter, looked like this picture.  Shalis and I would program the address to our desired destination so we wouldn't get lost. Guess what? We still got lost, but I like to consider it more like..we were going on unplanned adventures.

 We found a Buffalo Exchange, which just so happens to be Shalis and I's favorite store, but sadly, there isn't one in Idaho.  We were pretty excited.

We also went to the biggest bookstore I have ever been to, Powells books.  This bookstore is a block long and is so ginormous that it has a map to help you navigate through the store. I was basically in heaven.

The Map.

Shalis reading up on dictators, so when she takes over Cuba, she will be prepared.

Portland has this amazing Donut shop called Voodoo Donuts. Now, I'm not the hugest fan of donuts but this place is the bomb diggity. I mean, every night there is a line outside this place like 40 people deep, its just that good.

And yes, that is bacon on her donut.

We visited the adorable little town of Newport when we visited the Oregon Coast.

Ate at Mo's and honestly this sign isn't kidding, "Everyday is a great day for Chowder," if its made at this place.  Hands down the best clam chowder I have ever tasted!

Learning how to blow glass was probably my favorite part of the trip other than the food.  It was just so awesome to learn how to manipulate glass into something. 

While at the coast we decided to visit the aquarium, which was pretty legit, I mean your weren't allowed to feed and pet the sharks like at the Boise aquarium, but they had Sea Otters.

Look at this cute little fellow enjoying his crab leg.

I also went to the Spa for the first time ever and I got the best pedicure ever on my jungle women feet. They warm up rocks and then message your legs with them. It might not sound that great, but let me tell you, it IS!!

Sadly the fun had to end sometime, sometime being Friday morning.  It was an awesome trip and a great way to end summer break and I am grateful to Shalis and her mom for letting me tag along. 


  1. How fun! And you nerd you shouldn't have been sitting around all summer alone you should have come over and sat around with us silly! We've been to Newport! I liked it, Jacob didn't. Did you see the big lazy CA sea lions there?

  2. Ugh I know, I totally should have. I miss you guys! I'm going to have to find a whole in my school and personal bus service to come visit you!!