2 Hours in Portland

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You know when you’re on a very tight schedule and you start out on track, but then it deteriorates very quickly? That was my family and our planned day trip to Portland last summer. When we drove up to Oregon, we decided to stay on the coast, but we also planned to spend a day in Portland. Here was the itinerary for the day:

– Leave the beach house very early in the morning and drive about 2.5-3 hours to Multnomah Falls
– Drive into Portland and spend the day there
– Drive to Beaverton and meet my cousin for dinner

Instead we:

– Drove into Washington (since we were so close to the border, my mom thought it would be a shame not to cross the state line for a bit)
– Drove to Multnomah Falls
– Drove to Portland and spent less than 2 hours there
– Drove to Beaverton to have dinner with my cousin

Although the day didn’t quite go according to plan, we were able to squeeze in a few fun things during our brief time in Portland, including Powell’s (the place I was most excited to visit), Voodoo Doughnut, Blue Star Donuts, and Salt & Straw (yep, I dragged my family to all the sweet shops in town).

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From the few bits that I saw, Portland seems like an awesome city. I’m already thinking that I need to plan another PNW trip and spend more time in Portland and Seattle!

Multnomah Falls

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I am back from my whirlwind, two-week vacation on the West Coast and it was absolutely wonderful. I’ve caught a bad case of the post-vacation blues, but I’m slowly working on easing back into my routine here in the city.

Of course, I’m so so behind on my posts, that I’m still recapping the vacation that we took last year! I’m going to try and wrap up our Oregon trip in the next week or so so that I can get to this year’s vacation pictures.

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Let’s rewind back to last year… Since we planned to drive inland one day to visit Portland, we thought it’d be a good idea to also visit Multnomah Falls, which is less than an hour outside of Portland.

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When we got there, we had a small snafu- we ended up parking in a spot that was a lot further away than we’d realized, and had to hike through the woods to get to the falls. Let’s just say that I was not prepared for a hike and not wearing the proper footwear. Since this was such a last-minute trip, we hadn’t done a ton of research. Later, we noticed that there is a paved parking lot directly in front of the falls that provides direct access to the site. Ah well, you live and you learn, right? Now we know for next time!

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