April 6-8, 2018
We drove through the intensely green Tillamook forest on the way to Portland. There was a particularly beautiful rest stop for us to stretch our legs and for Poppy to wet her feet.
Our main reason for stopping in Portland was to see our friends George and Monica, whom we met in Europe in 2014. They live on a float home (how cool is that?!), and they have extra parking (with power) at their moorage. We arrived on Friday afternoon, after stopping in the city to do laundry. George made us a delicious chicken & pasta dinner, and then the four of us went to hear Carol Hasse speak about trimming your sails. Hasse is a sailmaker and public speaker. She included useful images and spoke clearly so that even I could understand something about sailing. Of course, our Hobie is a pretty basic sailing trimaran, but I am fascinated by sailboats.
On Saturday, George and Monica took us to the Japanese garden. It rained most of the day, but look at how beautiful it made the garden.
Later, we went to Voodoo Doughnut. What a crazy place! The doughnuts are out of this world! No wonder people line up in the rain. Mango Tango was my favourite, but I also loved the maple and bacon one. I don’t think they make a bad doughnut.
Afterwards, Monica took us up to her office and we got a bird’s eye view of the city, and then off we were to the food trucks. What a selection! Of course, we searched for the elusive Indonesian food truck, but we struck out again.
One final picture of the washrooms near the Rose Garden: