|Beautiful sculpture in front of the headquarters of World Vision|
After our whirlwind trip to Seattle, we began the trek down to Portland. We began to be interested in Portland a year or so ago when we started watching Portlandia on IFC. The opening song and comedic segment of the show stated that "The dream of the '90s is alive in Portland" and reminded us that it is the city where "young people go to retire." We thought this was hilarious (and let's face it, we've met people from other cities...cough, Minneapolis-St. Paul...who remind us greatly of the characters who people Portlandia). We (cough, I) also enjoyed being poked fun at a bit. One of the first sketches involve a couple who are so deeply interested in where their food comes from that they want to know the name of the chicken they are being served at a restaurant, as well as all of the aspects of its life, and finally decide to visit the farm where he was raised before ordering dinner. This is foodie/locavore taken to the extreme. I can take a little good-natured ribbing!
We were only in Portland two nights, but I can testify that the slogan you find on a building downtime ("Keep Portland Weird") is entirely warranted and will not be a difficult goal to achieve. I saw all of the following downtown during our visit: Rastafarians, a "gang" of guys on segways decorated with roses in a parade, people trying to get Oregon voters to sign up for a bill to make pot legal, a street preacher, street musicians, a dad pushing a baby car seat in an umbrella stroller, a piano player who was playing the piano on a rigged-up bicycle, one and only one very dressed up trendy lady, artists molding your face into a garden gnome in 10 minutes, a guy dressed up as Spiderman (complete with full face mask) on a bike, and a very fine variety of street food. Quite the collection of folks!
|Seaside, OR--the end of Lewis and Clark's journey.|
|I am always at my most peaceful at the ocean.|
All in all, it was a great family vacation, made even nicer by a shorter drive than our usual massively long trek back to the Midwest. We had never visited Seattle or Portland before so it was wonderful to experience new places.