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Return to Portland Oregon

Back again for a month in a great city with many of our amazing friends!! Even when it’s raining so you just laugh in the car 🙂

This was a whole ago, sorry for the delay, but here are some highlights.

We were at Alberta Park and a little girl randomly asked to paint Anikka’s face… It was good practice 😉

We played with friends…

And went on many many bike rides. The weather was great in April!

And played golf at Top Golf in Beaverton.

And parks…

Aaaand Wintler Beach on the Washington side…

Aaaand enjoyed lots of beer and pizza between Hot Lips Pizza and Breakside Brewery!!

Otherwise, were happy to say, Portland is about the same as it’s been and we like it that way!

A quick flight to Portland for some fun!

A good friends daughter who is also a good friend happened to be turning 21. I also happened to make her a promise when she was 11 or 12 years old that I would be there for her on her 21st birthday and no matter what. So that was very important to me and we made it happen. The flight leaving Sacramento was very full, but it was a clear sunny day for flying.

1 hour and 20 Min later…. Portland!

On her birthday, I took Kendra to shop and have drinks at Thirsty Lion! Because what else would we do right??!?

We drink lots of IPA and had a great day out. Then we had Kendra’s birthday party at the Rock Woodfired Pizza in Beaverton.

We went out to Portland afterwards and spent time on Alberta with friends…

The next night we grabbed a drink at Waltz Brewery.

Before I knew it, it was time to leave!

Our second home Portland Oregon

There’s just so much to do here, and for us it involves seeing as many friends as possible. We would love to spend more time here and catch up a bit more, but between Tiffany taking grad school classes working towards an MBA, a growing 3 year old, and a super busy, multi tasking Scott, we did about all we could in 2 weeks.

We stayed at the same RV park as in the spring June of 2017, which is the Colombia River RV park near the airport along Marine drive. There was an amazing Thai place close by so we must have ordered 10 meals from them over our stay…but PDX seems to be one of the best places for Thai food. 

We didn’t go to OMSI, which would have been amazing. We even have free passes but we just couldn’t find the time.

We did however get to trick or treat on Mississippi for Halloween with friends! In reverse order… (Thanks phone) from pumpkin patches on Sauvie Island to Halloween evening…

I got to go to a blue grass concert at Revolution Hall.

We played at Alberta Park with friends..

Anikka had TONS of friend time!!

Finally we discovered the City of Vancouver library. It is amazing for kids and adults alike. It is a 5 story building where the entire 3rd floor is dedicated to kids with so many play places, touchable objects, visuals, and books!

Cheers to one of our favourite cities!! Just watch out for traffic.

Onward to escape the city… heading to the Oregon Coast for 4 weeks! Pacific City here we come!

Best things to do in Portland Oregon!

Okay to be fair we did live in Portland for about 7 years so we definitely know the ins and outs of the city and the local places to go that are really awesome. So this is our recommendations if you’re ever in Portland for some of the best things to do there. There’s an abundance of indoor and outdoor activity depending on the season you arrive. If you’re there during the rainy season (which is nine months out of the year) I would suggest going to something indoors such as a science center, mall, restaurant, bar and grill or any other local event!

1. Visit friends 

If you have friends in the city, obviously go see them. Which is what we spent the majority of our time doing!

2. Go to a park!
There are dozens if not hundreds of parks throughout the city they’re absolutely gorgeous green and fun to visit. Most have kid friendly play equipment. A few suggestions for parks to visit include Alberta Park Laurelhurst Park Mount Tabor, and we visited Kelley Point Park which is along the Columbia River.

3. Go to a bar

This goes without saying as Portland is the microbrew capital of the u.s. Almost everywhere you go has local specialty beers with full range of flavors and they are absolutely amazing. Look up any bar just make sure it is not a dive bar unless you want that kind of ambience period you can find anything from El cheap local dive bar to a high-end restaurant at the top of a tower. A well-known local company is Mcminnamins Bar which have multiple locations around the city. Their restaurants are cool and unique because they do things like purchase old school buildings and convert them into a multiple bar system. They also have an indoor soaking pool to do during the day but there are most known for their restaurants and bars.

We went to Anchor Bar on Jantzen Beach and also Island Cafe which is at the end of a dock floating on the river.

I got the ahi tuna burger!

We also went to Vendetta Alberta Street Pub, and thirsty Lion in downtown..

spare room…

And Donny Vegas in the Alberta district…They are famous for their Frito pies…This is a popular spot anytime of day.

4. Play disc golf

Disc golf is extremely popular around Oregon and especially in Portland. If you don’t play disc golf you’re just not cool LOL

We played at Pier Park which is in northeast Portland due to the easy access from our RV park. However there are in abundance of courses throughout the city including Greenway Park, lunchtime, Rooster Rock, Horning’s Hideout, and many more. Most have elaborate and fun courses with lots of trees and long throws for anyone from beginner to expert and Pro. It is not uncommon to see people walking around drinking beers as well.

5. Go for a bike ride

In the city that is known to be extremely bike-friendly you can get literally just about anywhere on a bicycle. You can also take your bicycle on the max which is there high-speed train system if you need to get anywhere long distance. We opted to park downtown and ride our bikes along the riverfront all the way up to the brand new bridge which is called the Tillikum Bridge which is a bike walk and train bridge only so there are no Cars allowed across it at all. The entire ride was gorgeous and very safe. Highly recommended for a free day trip full of  GREAT views and lots of fun!!

6. Walk the Riverfront

Here are some pics during our bike ride in front of the Willamette River.

7. Eat!

I think this may be the best thing about Portland. Any platter that you get in Portland will be either local handmade Super Fresh or absolutely amazing and foreign. They have an abundance of Thai food places to eat and they are very reasonably priced for what you get. No I mean literally every single corner like how Starbucks is in Phoenix there is a Thai food place to eat at. Pick one look it up on Yelp get some reviews ask the locals and go eat. Not only is there Thai food there is good Mexican food Chinese food American food Sushi is everywhere and just about any other food you can think of so really grab a beer and go eat! Most of the Thai places you will eat at will ask you to order level of spiciness that you want on a scale from 1 to 5. I think Scott went with a four or five and really paid for it haha even three is pretty spicy for me.

We went to e-san Thai in downtown and we had great service, and awesome eats for $8.50 per plate. 

8. Voodoo Donuts
Yes this is what Portland is known for and honestly I’ve never had the donuts there but everybody says they’re amazing and they do all kind of Custom Creations so there is typically a line out the door so plan to wait for a while if you want to grab some donuts …. But it’s probably worth it!

9. Go to OMSI

OMSI is the Oregon Museum of Science and something else but more importantly it is an awesome place for Science and educational things for kids of all ages and even adults too. For me the most exciting exhibit a real submarine that they have sitting outside their facility in the Willamette River. I believe you have to pay for a tour of it but it is really really neat and totally worth the price. That tore itself lasts over an hour and they really spend time explaining details about it. But they also have a whole room dedicated to Hands-On learning and play equipment for toddlers up to age 7 or 8. So that’s where we spent most of our time and of course they had a huge sandbox stuff to crawl on and touch and feel is very Hands-On and Onika had a lot of fun there oh they had an awesome water play are for them too!!

10. Drive around the city

Portland is a very diverse City with all different areas to explore. The majority of the city is split up into Northeast northwest southeast and Southwest then there’s also Vancouver Washington. The drive around the entire Place could take from 2 hours to all day just depending on how many stops you make. You will cross the river several times and you can even make it out east to Beaverton, then back down the 26 into downtown for an evening drink. Just BE PREPARED FOR TRAFFIC!!

11. Visit Vancouver, WA

OKAY SO NUMBER 11 IS KIND OF A BONUS BECAUSE VANCOUVER WASHINGTON IS DEFINITELY NOT IN THE STATE OF OREGON HOWEVER IT IS A STONE’S THROW ACROSS THE RIVER SO IT MAY SO IT MAY BE WORTH THE TRIP! There are a number of things you can do in Vancouver including disc golf and wintler Park which is on the Columbia with lots of beautiful sand and easy beach access or you could go out east to Lacamas Lake for a beautiful bike! There are two routes to get from Portland to Vancouver and one of them is to take I-5 North across a bridge which frequently goes up and down stopping all traffic so it can be risky. The other way is to take the 205 bridge which is beautiful and typically Less Traveled. Both offer amazing views it’s totally worth the drive!

These are our favorite things to do in Portland, what are yours?

Portland Oregon for 8 days in 2 different RV Parks!

First of all I want to share some pictures in regards to the beautiful drive between Ashland and Portland Oregon. We had amazing weather with scattered clouds and no rain so we really got to enjoy the green and lush surroundings. 

Keep in mind these pictures were taken from a large moving vehicle through the window…

We passed over several Rivers including Umpqua River the Willamette River three times in Eugene Wilsonville and Portland and then the Columbia River.

The drive took about 5 hours total but we did not rush at all!

Once we got into Portland with our 40 foot RV and attached tocar we remembered something that we had long forgotten… The traffic was really really bad! Everywhere, pretty much all the time. I guess it’s worth it when you live in a city this pretty. It is amazing how Mount Hood stands out as such a powerful symbol and backdrop to the entire landscape.

Anyhow our first RV park was Jantzen Beach RV Park located in North Portland. This RV park is literally on an island called Hayden Island which you can only access from one exit off of I-5. This becomes challenging because during rush hour there’s no quick way to get back on the eye without sitting in traffic. However the good thing is once you’re on the island there’s not much traffic there and there are definitely some shopping centers and restaurants and bars to go to. I will do another blog later as far as where I would recommend to go and what we did with our time in Portland. 

Jantzen Beach RV park itself felt very safe however it was quite a drastic change from the spacious spots we had an Ashland as these spots had no grass although we did get a picnic table. 

The entire park was booked solid so we had lots of Neighbors. Our least favorite part of this park was the noise level. 
It was loud… not from our neighbors at all!! …but from the airport, the trains passing by, and the constant air horns from the ships going to Port. It was very loud. Probably a little too loud. Anyway we did get a pull through spot with full hookups there are some spots there that have grass but we did not get one of those. They do have a fantastic playground area for our toddler and swings and a patch of grass to play in. 

They also have three swimming pools and one of them is a kids pool. 

The pools were just opening up on Memorial Day weekend while we were there and when we finally stepped our toes in the water was ice cold so we did not do much swimming.
We had to move to another RV Park after a couple days because Jantzen Beach was booked solid and could not extend her stay which was fine due to the noise level.

So we packed up all our stuff from spot 963 and went 2 miles east, closer to the airport to Columbia River RV Park. 

Spot #108 –

The location we found to be much more convenient as you do not have to access I-5 to get here. It is also a stone’s throw from the Columbia river which makes for a gorgeous drive when you’re heading home. This spot surprisingly was much quieter even though we were closer to the airport we did not hear the air horns from the ships or the train at all. It is also very close and easy access to Vancouver Washington and both I-5 and 205. This RV park was very easy to access with a nice layout.

This park however did not have any sort of accommodations for kids, no playground, no swimming pools or anything like that. I did not use the facilities but they did have a bath house. This place was completely at capacity as well and could not extend our stay more than the couple days we had reserved it. 

I would definitely recommend this place over Jantzen Beach RV Park…and you can’t beat the price at $35 per night!!!
Here is the view right across the street of Portland Yacht Club and the Columbia River…

We really enjoyed our stay in Portland and feel fortunate because we had so much sunny weather. Now off to new adventures in Hood River as we make our way towards Canada!!

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