09 September 2010

eat, hike & repeat

Finished up my too-short visit to Portland with a run along the Willamette River, a scrumptious burrito from Santa Fe Taqueria and a mini-hike through Forest Park, which is this insane 5,100 acre park with a 30-mile trail and more than 112 bird and 62 mammal species.  It's the largest, forested natural area within city limits in the U.S. and it's awesome.  I made chocolate cookies at night and nursed a certain left knee of mine that apparently couldn't handle the hike-run-hike triple header.  Wuss.
 Forest Park:  More forest than park.
 
I also got to spend a bit of the day wandering around the city solo while the doc saw patients and did other doctor things.  We circled all the places I wanted to check out on a map with big fat marker and I was on my way.  Among other places, I visited Canoe, Knit Purl, The Button Emporium & Ribbonry, Powell's (again), and Voodoo Doughnuts.
 
"Hi, can I have a mixed half-dozen of your most popular doughnuts?" 
"One of our most popular has bacon on it, do you want that one?"
"Oh.  Um, no skip the bacon I guess."

On my last night, I convinced Al to take me to Grant Park in NE Portland.  Why, you ask, did I want to go to a park on a dark, rainy evening?  Let's see, maybe because there is a RAMONA QUIMBY SCULTPURE GARDEN!  You know I couldn't resist.  I noticed this little cultural gem during a last-minute flip through a visitors guide and determined that it was my destiny to visit these somewhat creepy bronze statues.  You can read more about the park here.

Me & my home girl Ramona Q.

Before heading to the airport for my midnight flight back east, we ate dinner at The Screen Door and ran into these two guys.  No joke.  They were sitting right behind us.  (For those of you not in the know, they are Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen from Saturday Night Live.) 
 (Photo via fan pop)

I read somewhere that the three B's of Portland are Bikes, Books & Beer.  And well, that's just perfect, isn't it?

6 comments:

  1. 1. can't wait to hear all about it...so far it sounds like an amazing trip.
    2. what the eff is going on with those donuts...do I spy cocca puffs? the voo doo doll-shaped one caught my eye and then I remembered Man v. Food went there. sweet.
    3. love a good celeb sighting...ramona statues or SNL folk.
    4. the doc looks fabulous (and wicked skinny).

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  2. I can't get over the donuts!

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  3. wait a tic...

    i thought your homegirl was beyonce? :)

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  4. You make me wanderlusty. I need a vacation. Stuff me in your suitcase next time, K?

    You and Doc kinda look like you could be siblings, no?

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  5. Yes yes, the doughnuts! You correctly spy cocoa puffs, captain crunch, m&ms, a voodoo doll with a pretzel stake in it, etc. Had to skip the Maple Bacon one. Doc won't be so skinny after those doughnuts :)

    And Katie, GOOD POINT. Beyonce is indeed my #1 homegirl. I hope she doesn't get offended reading this post... Although I think I like the combination of having both Beyonce & Ramona Quimby as my homegirls. Something about that describes me perfectly.

    Dee, remind me to show you a picture of us from freshman year of high school. Super sibling-y.

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  6. Can't stop chuckling....but yeah Beyonce and Ramona...explains a bit.

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