Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Road Trip: Portland

We started our first full day in Portland exploring the downtown area. We walked along the river and then went to Voodoo Doughnut. We arrived mid-morning and only waited in line for about 15 minutes.

Alex really liked the display of spinning doughnuts. We each picked a doughnut and headed outside to eat them.

Alex chose the one with M&M's (Marshall Mathers doughnut) and I went for the Portland Cream doughnut. Of course, John had to try the Voodoo Doll doughnut. Alex has not had many doughnuts in his four years, but he ate it like he eats a cupcake. He goes for the topping and icing, but leaves most of the cake part behind. In some ways, traveling reminds me that there is still a lot of explore in our new "backyard". It turns out that you can get Psycho Donuts in San Jose and Campbell.

We tried to walk off our doughnuts by going to Powell's Books. We had fun browsing the store and I got lost in there a couple of times. Then we checked out the giant elephant statue nearby.

We still were not hungry for lunch, so we walked from the hotel to the Portland Aerial Tram for some cool views of the city.
We could see another volcano in the distance, Mount St. Helen's, from the balcony viewing area at the top.

We were finally hungry and checked out one of the food carts in Portland. The food was good and I was happy to have some pineapple friend rice.

Alex and I started our second full day in Portland with a yummy brunch while the guys slept late.

In the afternoon we headed to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. My favorite part was touring the SS-581 submarine. Alex liked all of the hands-on activities.
(The visit brought back my memories of COSI, including the over nights there with our Girl Scout troop. I think that this science museum in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the best!)

We enjoyed staying at a hotel downtown by the river. We could see Mt. Hood from our balcony. Alex loved swimming in the indoor pool, especially since it had a large 2 ft. section for us to play. We had a good time in Portland!


Alison said...

Definately sounds like you've had fun...
Alison xx

Susanne said...

Great snaps, but you'll never believe what caught my eye among all those photos. It's that little creamer (syrup pitcher?) on your brunch plate. I see those all the time in antique and flea markets around here, but I've never been to a restaurant that actually uses them.