After the wedding in Idaho, we drove to Portland to visit some friends. We had zero plans ahead of time at this point. We hadn’t even planned where we’d sleep while in town, which is not normal for us. It was a fun adventure. Being pretty worn out at this point we ended up stopping for a night in the town Hood River. It was very hot and humid (for what we’re used to) and we pretty much just got some food, ice cream, and then we to bed. I’d love to go back to Hood River at some point in the future though! It seemed like a cool lil’ town.
Once in Portland, we got connected with some friends. Walking around Portland would have been a lot more fun if it weren’t for the fact that there was a massive heat wave and it was well over 100 degrees. A lot of our time there was spent looking for places that had air conditioning, quite frankly. So we went to the movies to see 500 Days of Summer, which was a great film. And we went to the Portland Museum, which I thought was so cool! There was an exhibit on M.C. Escher and I LOVE his earlier lesser know stuff. It was very inspirational. Oh, and there was a cool exhibit on body art which was pretty interesting (though I have no tattoos).
Our friends Chad and Liza Hughes were gracious enough to offer their home to us, so we got to crash at their place while we were in town.It worked out really well. We even got to go out with them to a nearby Lebanese place, which was fantastic! I wish I could remember the name of that place at the moment. It was so much food and I liked it quite a bit.
As a way to escape the heat during out stay, Melissa and I ended up taking a trip to Tillamook which is near the coast and home of the Tillamook Cheese factory. Funny enough, one of our friends from Santa Barbara, Camille, happened to be in Oregon while we were and so we ended up spending quite a bit of time with her and her mom and brother while we were in Portland. We even got to go to Tillamook with them. Melissa and I really enjoyed the Oregon coast. Neither of us are big fans of crowded, hot southern California beaches but we love the kinds of beaches in Oregon – with tide pools, fewer people, and big rocky cliffs. I could care less about surfing so that’s not a concern (sorry surfer friends!). Plus, I was convinced that the Goonies couldn’t have been filmed that far away. It was beautiful out and the temperature was about 20-30 degrees less (at least) than what it was in Portland.
Stay tuned for Part 4 (it’s the last one) of our Summer Road Trip 2009.