Tuesday, October 29, 2013

road trip recap: portland, or

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I was really excited about our visit to Portland, not only because it is where K and I met but because one of my very best friends still lives there (she was my spontaneous cross-country moving companion all those years ago).  We were only staying overnight, but she planned quite a few adventures for us and it was so much fun!  We met up with her at her friend Bryan's house, which was this incredibly awesome little multi-level apartment built into the side of a hill surrounded by vegetation (like a jungle!), and then all of us drove downtown for a "surprise."  We rented a double surrey and pedaled it all around the waterfront, ringing the bell and yukking it up.  We ended up also riding a little bit downtown and were going to stop at Voodoo Donuts (I never ate a donut there when I lived in the city because I was always on a diet in those days) but the line was wayyyyyy too long so we just skipped it.

After we'd returned our surrey we drove out to Sauvie Island to do some berry picking and hear some music.  This is my kind of festival atmosphere.  It was relaxed, not overcrowded, and we were able to take our time strolling through the berry patches with drinks in hand, picking (and eating, lets be honest) at our own pace.  When we had enough berries we headed back to  hear music, which was just getting started.  It was actually really good music, too!  AND there was a Voodoo Donut truck there, so we were able to get a couple of donuts without the insane line (double-plus).  So delicious.

We picked up some produce at the farm store there and then stopped at the actual grocery store for some wine and other necessities, and then headed back to Bryan's to make dinner.  Sarah makes this really amazing Thai curry that I always want to eat whenever I see her, so that's what we had!  We ate outside by a little fire and then retired inside to play "Cards Against Humanity" late into the night (best.game.ever.)

The next morning it was time to hit the road, and K and I swung by our old apartment complex on Barbur Boulevard to reminisce. His apartment apparently had just become available to rent again, and a handyman was there painting and getting it ready, so we were able to peek inside and snap a picture sitting on the stoop where we spent many an evening way back when.  It was a really great day with some awesome people.  :)

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