On this road trip we decided to visit Rob's sister in Portland, Oregon. I've always wanted to visit Portland because of its cool, artsy, and environmentally conscience vibe. Portland is a seven-hour drive from Cottonwood so I had to plan a stop and do something fun with the kids. We decided to go to Galice and try white water rafting on the Rogue River.
|Taken with my iPhone in my Dicapac case.|
We got there early so the Rogue River was pretty calm with just a few areas where there were rapids. It was a beautiful three-hour ride down the river and I hardly got wet! I bought a waterproof case called Dicapac for my iPhone so I could take video of our ride. It worked great and it's amazing how clear my videos and pictures were.
As we headed into Portland it was a beautiful cloudy day.
The next day we parked our car in the city and got around by streetcar, which the kids loved.
|Waiting for the street car.|
I love that everybody rides their bikes in Portland to get around.
They even have Brew Cycle Portland, which is a great way to tour all the local breweries in Portland. The website says, "The brewcycle is a 15 person, 100% green, party machine", the kids liked how all the seats were bike seats.
|Having fun on the brewcycle!|
What I really love about Portland is that locals own most of the restaurants and retail shops. I don't remember seeing any chain restaurants or stores. I loved shopping and walking around in the Pearl District. Just looking at all the business retail signs was inspiring; there were so many cool graphic designs. We stopped and had a sandwich and an ice tea at Love Joy Bakers, which has yummy sandwiches and drinks.
|Having bottled soda and a sandwich on the sidewalk at Love Joy Bakers, it's like the kids have never seen a soda in a bottle before!|
Just walking around and looking at all the cool old architecture was fun. I also checked out a few record stores (not cd's but vinyl). I couldn't believe how many there were; I think I went to three or four all within walking distance of each other. I just happened to find a Van Morrison record my dad has been trying to find.
|Always goofing off!|
There are really cool parks in the middle of the city made with recycled materials. This park used train tracks and made a really beautiful fence.
We had to visit the famous Voodoo Donuts even though the line is always out the door! The kids had to try a donut topped with bacon and other crazy toppings. Check out their website on my link above, it's something to see!
This is why I really like Portland;
it's a little weird just like me!