By the Oregon Trail I pretty much just mean blazing a trail through the shops and restaurants of Portland with my girls. These are friends I've had since we were in elementary school. With me out in Virginia, one friend in Oregon and the others in California, we don't see each other nearly as often as we would like. But I swear every time we get together it feels like no time has passed and we fall into the old jokes and stories like it was yesterday. I love these ladies and the time we get to spend together.
Truthfully, most of my pictures from this trip involve us either eating or getting ready to order food. But we did take a walking tour that was pretty fun and helped us walk off some of those great meals. It was called the Secrets of Portlandia tour which got my friend Teresa and I pretty excited because we love the show Portlandia. As we learned however - this was not about the show it was about the city of Portland itself. Some highlights:
And the reason the tour is called the Secrets of Portlandia? The Portlandia statue - which is lovely and apparently not that well known, even by locals:
We wrapped up across the street from Voodoo donuts, near this wall:
Portland's doing a pretty good job at this and we attempted to help out while we were there:
A few of us also took the tram ride up to the OHSU hospital. We had a nice view of Portland and cooled off a little once we were at the top in the garden at the hospital.
And did I mention that we did some serious eating? If you live in Portland or are planning to visit Portland, do yourself a favor and go to Pine State Biscuits - it's delicious!
After stuffing ourselves at Pine State, we toddled down the street a bit to a couple of great crafts stores. First up was an awesome yarn store called Close Knit. I might have shopped a little bit.
Interestingly, even thought the Secrets of Portlandia tour had nothing to do with the show Portlandia, Close Knit was actually used for an episode of Portlandia! They were the store used in the "knot store" episode. So I got a little Portlandia insight anyway!
Next door to Close Knit is a great fabric store called Bolt Fabric Boutique. I squeeked in right before they were closing and - again - might have done a little shopping.
Even with all of the eating and shopping we made lots of time to talk, catch up and reconnect. These visits mean so much to all of us and we try to get together as much as possible. I'm counting the days until our next visit.