West Coast Adventure – Portland

Monday morning we got a super early start on the drive from Oakland to Portland. We decided to break up the 10 hour trek and detour out to Crater Lake. Despite tacking a couple hours onto the trip, it was an excellent decision.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Spectacular view, vibrant blue water, clear skies, and the greenest trees.

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CL-Alyi-Crater Lake

We continued on to Portland and crashed at our Airbnb once we arrived. The next day, we did what every basic Portland adventurer must do: bike everywhere. Armed with bikes (and locks, lights, and helmets) compliments of our Airbnb hosts, we took on downtown Portland.


The self guided tour started with a ride along the Springwater on the Willamette bike/run path. We saw many cool bridges and parks and views.

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After lunch, we rode around to some of our favorite spots from Portlandia,

 and then spent time perusing the shelves of Powell’s Bookstore. Awesome place.


After washing up and a nap, we headed to a place called The Cultured Caveman for dinner. Not only was the food delicious, we bought a lot of road trip snacks there for our next leg of travels. (We may or may not have consumed a lot of assorted dried meat over the course of this road trip).


That night, we stumbled upon a block of food trucks on Alberta Street. I felt like this was an unplanned find, but now I am thinking the master-planner-and-finder-of-cool-things-to-do (not me) might have found this on some reddit post. It was really cool. We chowed down on some pho with ramen, while I also tested out some vegan chia pudding. It was way better than any I have attempted to make to date. It was a neat way to experience “the real Portland”.

 

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