We spent a couple days in Portland, and found we liked the city quite a bit. It almost had a San Francisco vibe (hipsters, hippies and the just plain crazy), only it was cleaner, less confusing directionally, and the downtown light rail was free. Free! This poor MUNI prisoner was in heaven.
Anyway, upon arriving, we checked out the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
|Giant mouse made with a bowling ball, and tons of "brain puzzles".|
|Seriously, they had patent books! I'm so glad they didn't give my man Tesla the Edison-shaft like he usually gets.|
No pictures allowed either for their special exhibit on gaming. Let's just say Sak and I spent more than half the museum time there...playing old favorites of ours like Lemmings! It was basically a big arcade. Very popular.
|They also have a submarine, though we didn't go inside.|
|Pineapple fried rice! Yum yum.|
It was a maze of fantastic finds, and I left with some postcards and a used Star Wars novel. I liked that they even had vintage maps and posters of Oregon, and a "rare books" section on the top floor.
The next day we had breakfast at Kettleman Bagel Company - Stumptown coffee and an Oregon lox bagel! Mouthwatering.
Then it was off to the zoo!
|Loved all the little statues placed around the zoo.|
|Bobcat and bear!|
Though I was bummed that the beaver family was sleeping, there were still lots of other animals out and about!
|Wolf and giraffe!|
But it turns out these guys are senior citizens, and can't handle a steep termite mound. :P
After the zoo, we headed back downtown for lunch.
|These water fountains were all over the place. Are they drinking fountains?|
Then we kind of did the "wander" thing. And I took my obligatory Chinatown photo.
|This marks my 7th Chinatown location. Someday maybe I'll go to real China.|
Not too far from Chinatown was the famed Voodoo Doughnuts!
Though I wanted to try all the weird ones, we stuck with a bacon maple bar and a classic voodoo doughnut.
Though the bacon maple bar looks really simplistic, it was amazing. So amazing that I think next time I buy doughnuts I will put bacon on top of them. A definite, no-fail, food pairing. It was worth the line and prices for this place.
Though we only had a little taste of Portland, we definitely liked what we saw! I would definitely visit again, maybe for an anime convention? That would be fun!
|Me and the world's smallest park. Nothing screams "tourist" than standing in the middle of a intersection and posing for a picture! :D Thanks Marie for all your trip planning help!|
Up next we had the long (but fun!) trip home.