Monday, July 25, 2011

The Grand Portland Seattle Adventure part 1

For the 4th of July weekend I took a trip to Portland and Seattle with my two fellow summer interns, Abbey and Shane. We planned to spend two days in each city, and compiled lists of things to see and do.

Friday morning Abbey and I rented bicycles at Portland bicycle tours and The guy who worked at the shop was really friendly, the shop was right down town, and it was only $20 to rent a cruzier bicycle from 10am - 6pm. Shane had brought his bicycle with him, so we all pedaled off to start a grand day in Portland.

We rode our bicycles over to Voodoo Doughnuts and stood in line for awhile with other tourists waiting to see what all the hype was about.

I had the bacon maple bar which was delicious. We spent the morning/early afternoon riding all over downtown Portland and up and down the water front.

One of the stops we made was at the 24 hour church of Elvis, a coin operated art instillation piece.

After our scenic ride we went to Powell's bookstore and browsed the bookshelves.

At Powell's I found a copy of the Boxcar children book that instilled my love of house boats.

We had a glorious lunch at Kenny and Zuke's. It was a bit pricy but the pastrami sandwich was worth it.

Shane then tried to get his hair cut at a man cave of a barbershop. Abbey and I did our best to embarrass him and then rode off to find roses.

Which were beautiful.

After discovering that there was a sign up sheet at the barber shop that he didn't know about, Shane gave up and we all took off to search for a bicycle shop. That's when Shane got a flat tire. Over all that hour or so wasn't the most enjoyable for him, but I got a nice picture out of it and some time in the shade.

The next morning we drove into downtown Portland, had some tasty bagels, and found a place for Shane to finally get his hair cut.

We did some walking and shopping, stopped in a library which had glorious carved steps, and took in an exhibition at the museum of modern craft.

When we left town we stopped and ate dinner at the overlook restaurant. It was dark, had round stained glass windows, red lighting, and slot machines in one corner. As sketchy as it was we decided to try it.

They had waffles with bacon in the batter, something that my friend Jac discovered was delicious awhile back. I didn't get one so I can't report on whether it is or not.

Feeling pleasant after having breakfast for dinner we took off towards Seattle.

To be continued in part two

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