Monday, August 4, 2014

And we’re back!

We arrived home last night on the late ferry from Port Angeles… and it was a lovely boat ride in the dark.  We saw the Symphony Splash fireworks over the Inner Harbour in Victoria from about 15 miles away… sensational… and passed very close by a cruise ship all lit up in blue and white deck lights, that had slowed down to allow the passengers to enjoy the distant fireworks, too.

Was good to get home and sleep in our own bed… and of course today the work of putting everything away begins… and also a trip to the market to get a few freggies to get us through the next couple of days.  Coming home is hard work!  But I am doing it a bit at a time and not getting all stressed over it.

There were two packages awaiting me upon our arrival… one from One Bar and another from NuNaturals.  Jody at Truth 2 Being Fit hosted a NuNaturals giveaway recently and I was one of the lucky winners.  I am always on the lookout for them because we cannot purchase NuNaturals in Canada and I do love their products.

Aug 4 NuNaturals OneBar 001

And the One Bars were a nice surprise.  I didn’t win the giveaway that Laura from Mommy Run Fast hosted a while back, but the pr representative contacted me and asked me if I would like to try them…. they are fruit bars and couldn’t have come at a better time for me. 

I am back on the clean eats train for a couple of weeks now till it is time to head back to Washington to get our flight to Colorado.

So… all in all, our trip to Portland was great. I always enjoy visiting new places, and sampling a bit of what is local.  It was quite different from what I had expected.  Here are some highlights and lowlights, in my opinion.

What I loved:
  • The Oregon Zoo and Washington Park
    • we spent almost a whole day – we both love zoos and this one is really nice – lovely enclosures and habitats and there is some construction happening right now that will make things even better for some of the resident animals
  • The public transit system
    • there are commuter trains, buses, and street cars and we used it quite a bit – the prices are very reasonable an the connections are good – very easy to understand and use - much better than trying to park in the congested downtown area and so much better than getting caught up in freeway snarls
  • The weather 
    • it was in the upper 80s and low 90s the whole time we were there and it was great because the air is quite dry – apparently it rains there a lot but we did not see any sign of that at all - just blue and amazing
  • The shopping
    • I won’t bore you with all the of the details but there is no state sales tax in Oregon and everything was on sale everywhere we went – we especially loved the outlet mall South of the city and of course found a big Trader Joe’s – we were newbies to Dick’s Sporting goods and I think that I have to tell you that The Captain found a great pair of Under Armour kicks there on sale clearance for $7.48  !!  we filled up the trunk of the car … enough said about that.
  • Our hotel was great… we stayed on Hayden Island on the North side of the city 
    • it’s kind of a resort style community with lots of marinas and some small beaches and I loved watching the sailboats on the Columbia River… very new to me – our hotel was really nice, even if very busy and popular
  • The architecture
    • Portland is an older city than I was expecting and much of the downtown core is very old… some beautiful detail on the buildings… and some wonderful old mansions near Washington Park
A few things I didn’t care for:
  • The traffic
    • OMG!  I know it is a big city but wow!  so many cranky people on the BUSY, CONGESTED freeways... here we think nothing of waving people in to a lineup or hitting the brakes if someone makes a mistake... we didn't see any of that there
  • Voodoo Donuts
    • okay, not the donuts themselves… cause we never did get to try them – the lineup outside the store was over 3 hours long and it was 90+ outside and there was no shade… there is no donut in the world worth that wait, is there?
We had a wonderful time…walked our feet off; didn’t run because it was too hot, and never did use the fitness facilities or the hotel pool.

Now, I had better get back to my unpacking!

Have you ever been to Portland, OR?


  1. Welcome back! Sounds like a fun trip. I have never been to Portland.

  2. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So glad you got them!!!!! That traffic & all sounds like southern CA!!!! YIKES!

  3. Sounds like a great trip! 3 hours for donuts! That's crazy.


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