I had a huge wishlist of things I wanted to do while I was in Portland. I added things to the list. Somethings were to redo the classics like a walk through Mt Tabor, see as many friends and family as possible, and do some hikes. I also added things that have been on my Oregon bucket list for a very long time (try a Voodoo Doughnut, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Crater Lake). You've read about all my Pacific Northwest adventures, but here's a few things that I didn't get to do:
1) Salt & Straw
I'm an ice cream fanatic. I'm a slow eater...until it comes to ice cream, frozen yogurt, or gelato. My family used to get ice cream cones all the time when I was a kid. If we didn't eat it fast enough, Mama or Daddy would help us out to "avoid drips". So when I heard about Salt & Straw and their crazy ice cream flavors, I immediately added it to the list. I was actually at their storefront on 23rd, but the line was ridiculous.
2) Portland Farmers Market
Italy's weekly markets have given me an appreciation for farmers markets. I don't usually buy anything, but I love browsing the stalls and the overall atmosphere of the square. So when I read this article and saw that Portland's market was ranked, I knew I wanted to check it out. I heard it was huge and had all kinds of awesome things for sale.
3) Oneonta Gorge
I actually did this hike when I was in middle school, but I don't really remember it. Google it or search it on Pinterest. You'll see some absolutely gorgeous pictures. They'll speak for themselves.
When I tell people I love reading they usually nod and say, "Me too!". To really get my point across, I have to tell them that I used to get grounded from reading when I was growing up. That's how much I love reading. Sure, I got grounded from video games and tv...but the real ball buster was when Mama took away my books. So now that you understand how much I love books, you'll understand why I dream about spending the day at the downtown Powells store. It's one of my favorite things to do, but I just didn't have the time to spend hours drooling over all the books. I did get to visit the Hawthorne store, but I was rushed and had other things to get to that day.
5) Potato Champion
As far as food carts go, Portland is like Mecca. I got to go to the Food Cart Festival and eat some amazing cart food, but I didn't get to visit my favorite cart over on 12th & Hawthorne. I loved going there after a night of bar hopping and getting a large cone of fries with their pesto mayo dipping sauce. My mouth is literally watering just thinking about it. So good! I've always wanted to try their poutine too. Someday...