Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Fall Trip - Day Four, Portland, Oregon

Sweetie and I had gone to bed early, but Aly had arrived aftermidnight and came up short on sleep.  Still she was up with us at six and we were all out the door by seven.  Our first stop was a local favorite restaurant called Elmer’s.  They’re famous for their German Pancakes which Aly enjoyed, Sweetie had a wonderful omelet and I had terrific crepe’s.  We also had some Latke’s on the side.  Delicious!  It was great to spend some time catching up with our wonderful daughter.

Multnomah Falls was next on our agenda.  Not far up the Columbia River Gorge this breathtaking set of falls is a favorite of ours.  It was also breathing because Aly and I decided to hike up to the bridge.  It was a great view from up there as well.

Our next stop was Crown Point and Vista House, which is celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary this year!  The scenes from there up, down and across the river are spectacular.  It had been cloudy, but the sun came out just for us!

The Lan Su Chinese gardens, downtown were next on our agenda.  Sweetie and I have been there several times and never tire of the peace and serenity we always find there.

We watched a couple of artists do some wonderful work and then stopped in the Tea Shop for some Herbal Tea.  Aly introduced us Edamame, wonderfully tasty Soy Beans seasoned and steamed.  We also were entertained by a gentleman playing a two stringed, Chinese violin called an Erhu.  Charming experience to be sure.

A little shopping and we were off to our next stop.  The Pittock Mansion, by way of Salt and Straw in the Nob Hill district for some more ice cream.
The grounds around the mansion provide terrific views overlooking the city.  Interpretive signs told much of the history of Portland.

Aly had developed a headache so we decided to call it a day.  We drove through Washington Park and on to our hotel where we rested and Aly took a nap.  At seven, she still wasn’t feeling well and opted to stay in bed.  Sweetie and I went out to Kell’s Irish Restaurant and Pub where she had a great wrap and I nearly foundered on Bangers and Mash!  The best ever.  No one makes them as good as Kell’s!  It’s been a great day!  Tomorrow we’re off for the Coast!