Earlier this month, Mike and I spent a week in and around Portland, Oregon. Sadly, a large wildfire started burning the day we arrived, so for most of our trip visibility was poor and everything was covered in soot. We had never experience a wildfire up close and personal and it was just awful to think about its devastating impact.
Despite those circumstances, we had a wonderful visit with friends and family. Half of the time we stayed in Happy Valley with the sweetest, most adorable hosts ever, Jean and Jeff. From there, we took day trips to see the coast (Cannon Beach) and to do some hikes (Mirror Lake Trail and Silver Falls State Park).
The rest of the time, we stayed in the Pearl District with Natalie and Scott, exploring downtown by foot. Other highlights include: eating Salt and Straw not one, not two, but three times, seeing the sea lions at Buoy Brewery, visiting Powell’s Books and the Pittock Mansion and the International Rose Test Garden, discovering sour beers, relaxing with Roan on a rooftop and sitting around the dinner table chatting for hours.
Thanks to Hanna Martens for taking the last photo of me in the water.