Wow! Thanks Blogger. I had most of this post typed out and for some reason it’s no longer in my drafts. Fantastic. I’ll just spend another few hours rewriting it. Hopefully it’s as good as the first.
We recently traveled to Oregon to celebrate FOUR years of
not killing each other marriage and had the BEST time ever. Here is a day by day of what we did. I hope this post inspires you to add Oregon to your list of must-travel places because it’s amazing how much beauty this state has to offer.
We took an early flight from Houston to Portland and when we arrived we headed straight for the car rental counter. The line was really long and annoying. To make up for it, the manager upgraded the class of car we reserved #basic…providing us with a Mercedes GLK350. Note: Beautiful car. Not practical for two very tall people. Even with the seat in the lowest position, we still had trouble seeing through the windshield. Besides that, it was a great car to get us around Oregon. For eats we went to Sizzle Pie; I had a pizza with basil cashew pesto topped with their signature cheese blend, grilled chicken, mushrooms and olives. BRB starving now. Okay I’m back. Real talk: since being diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, I avoid red sauce because the tomatoes are too acidic and cause a reaction. I’m always on the lookout for a place with sauce options and Sizzle Pie is by far one of the best!
For our first night in Oregon, we stayed in the Jupiter Hotel. When I originally did my research for Portland, I learned there were quite a few boutique hotels. I saw that Jupiter was in a great location and offered a unique experience with wall murals and chalkboard doors. Any bloggers’ daydream really. Or toddler. You decide. When we arrived we really didn’t get a great vibe. Our room was stocked with condoms and ear plugs. Not what we were expecting on a relaxation trip…staying at a party hotel. With that being said, we didn’t have any issues and we each rested really well for our busy day ahead…without having to use earplugs.
Hubs and I woke up early and walked across the street to Grendel’s Coffee House for some caffeine and breaky. I had a cappuccino and a breakfast sandwich. Both were really tasty and did the job. Note: Does Grendel sound like grundle to you? I’m not sure why I didn’t pick up on that when we were there. (No filter here today folks. I’ve had a long night at work and the give a shit is gone). We sat by the window and people watched while we planned our day. Afterwards, we went back to the hotel and loaded up the SUV and headed out of Portland for a little hiking. We started our day at Multnomah Falls. From what I’d researched, the best time to go is early morning…around nine because there’s less people. We probably passed ten people on our way up to the top of the falls and fifty plus people on our way down.
The bridge is less than halfway up, although the aspect of the photos make it seem like the middle. For a small hike, it’s all uphill so we should have taken more water and an extra lung. I blame the thin air but I really don’t think it makes that much of a difference. The trail is marked to make it easier for beginner hikers or anyone with a bad sense of direction
(me). I wish I could describe how clean and fresh the air smells there…very different from Houston that’s for sure. I wanted to bottle it and bring it home with me. With about one-third of the trail left, we stopped off to have a little chat…and to stage a photo. I knew I should have carried my travel tripod. A rock did the trick though.
Reaching the top was really weird. Everything flattened out and actually went down hill a bit. I was expecting there to be something blocking people from jumping off but there wasn’t. Literally, there is a river that leads to the cliff and the water plummets over. Maybe I’m surprised because I don’t see many waterfalls…actually I think this may have been my first one.
Above is a photo leaning over the fall. If you look closely, you can see the bridge waaaaay down there. Scary but amazing at the same time.
After Multnomah, we drove east and found another waterfall. Horsetail Falls is less than ten minutes from Multnomah and in my opinion way prettier. The water falls into a clear/blue pool and you can see the bottom. Had it been warmer I would have gone in. because the water was so close.
To finish off our day, we drove out to Mt. Hood before driving all the way back down the coast. Here are some snaps from the roadside. You guys, I wish I could describe the scent. There is nothing like fresh pine tree sap!
We stopped off at a Packer Orchard for the BEST baked goods and some really hot apple cider. The cookies were about the size of our face and were only 5/$1. We decided to share five and have our own ciders. Everything was made in house by a few older ladies who like to smile and wave. So cute!
I think that’s enough for now. I will share the rest of our trip and our time on the Oregon coast in the next post.