Portland part 1

We really had such a good time in Portland. Our oldest son was away at a FBLA leadership conference at the same time, so it was just Tom, B, and I. We flew the “red-eye” flying out of DC Sunday night at 10:30 pm. We then arrived in Portland at 1am. This really worked out well because Tom was still able to work Sunday day, and we were able to mostly avoid jet lag by going to bed when we arrived. Although we did wake up early ever single day, by 6:30am or so. I’m not going to post stuff in any particular order (although you will notice B wearing the same sweatshirt the whole time since it was chilly and it was the only pull over we brought), it will hopefully give someone else some pointers if they plan to make a visit.

In these photos…
Ground Kontrol-Classic Arcade meets bar. We went at noon when they open, and kids are permitted until 5pm. They have over 90 arcade games from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. We played some pinball, Simpsons, Q-bert, Miss Pacman, and a few others.

Mount St. Helens-It is not everyday that you can visit an active volcano, so this was really cool. The drive is very beautiful with a few scary/spectacular views along the way. We were all in awe over the volcano and agreed photos can never show how amazing it is in real life. We had a really beautiful day when we went too.

Alberta Street– We ate a few times on this street, but I think I will save the food stuff for a post of it’s own. My favorite thing was the sheer volume of flyers/posters on all the poles. This one had so many old layers.

Enchanted Forest– Located about an hour south of Portland we could not pass up the opportunity to visit this park which first opened in the 60’s. I love that much of the park remains the same, very much worth the visit even just to walk through Storybook Lane.

Cannon Beach– We loved Cannon Beach + Haystack Rock. It was sunny but chilly and windy (so perfect beach weather in my opinion) We got to check out the tide pools, and we were all amazed by the starfish (you can see them in the photo and a huge pile of them in the right side of the photo)

More on Portland soon :) I hope everyone has a wonderful Father’s Day. Tom is back to work so we had a big Father’s Day breakfast and have some plans for this evening when he gets home.