On Thursday, Nov. 14 at around 5am I left my home in Dallas to leave for Portland, Oregon. My girlfriend Rachel goes to the University of Oregon in Eugene and we decided to take a mini vacation to Portland for the weekend. Not to mention I hadn’t seen her in 3 months. The trip was simply wonderful. Full of long walks, cold weather, coffee, and MAX trail rides. 4 days just weren’t enough.
Friday night we walked from our hotel to the Wonder Ballroom to see the band Cults on their Static Tour. Cults had a great set that seemed almost short but was enough to fit in all the favorites.
Saturday morning we took the MAX to Oldtown/Chinatown and hung around the Saturday Market. From there, we walked through most of downtown stumbling through some neat places including Voodoo doughnuts and Stumptown ending up eventually in Pioneer Place Mall. After getting back to the hotel and getting some rest, we decided to walk almost 40 minutes to experience Hawthorne Street at night. To our surprise, it was pretty much dead. We had heard so many good and fun things happening here but apparently these things end soon and early because we were there around 9pm on a Saturday night! Oh well.
Due to the success of Old Town and downtown in general we ended up back there on Sunday. Spent a couple of hours in Stumptown working on homework and drinking their delicious special Holiday drink. As fun as this day was it was also full of bittersweet moments where we knew we would soon have to say goodbye.
It was a great 4 days where all I wanted was a feeling of happiness and carelessness and that was exactly what I got. I know I will be back very very soon.