Being from the east coast I didn't know what to expect from the west coast. My sister and I planned this trip for about a month. We knew Oregon was huge, but only had three days to venture out. After researching for days on Google, Instagram, and asking for recommendations from an awesome photographer (thank you Joshua Abels ) we chose where to visit.
My sister and I arrived to our hotel Thursday afternoon. After unpacking everything, we drove out to Powell's Book Store on West Burnside street. My sister and I were surprised in how big this store was, but for the most part- it was the people. We saw folks of all ages reading books. In Miami we never really witnessed that sort of thing. We stayed there until the evening. We then walked in to Everyday Music, which is a couple blocks off of Powell's Book Store. This is an awesome old school music store that sells new and used CD's, record vinyls, and DVD's.
Friday morning we drove out to Eagle Creek Trailhead. Here we saw greenery, tall trees, hills, waterfalls, and discovered why Portland's motto is "Keep Portland Weird". We hiked the Eagle Creek Trail all the way to Punch Bowl Falls (which was two miles long). We met an awesome couple while hiking, they showed us where Punchbowl Falls was. Throughout that hike, they told us why Portland's motto was "Keep Portland Weird". This slogan represents local businesses, self individuality, expressionism, local art, and lifestyle that makes them stand out from other cities. One of his examples to prove his point was that one day, as he was making a regular drive...a group of people with their motor bike choppers were driving completely naked.
Saturday morning we drove out to Mount Hood, Oregon and spent the day there. This was a special moment in our lives because in Miami, snow does not exist- meaning we finally touched snow for the first time. It was weird. It was cold, but if you held it for too long...it burned. I felt like a caveman discovering fire for the first time. First thing I did was make a snow ball and throw it at a tree. I saw it explode against the tree and was amazed. I felt like a kid again. After that, I threw a snow ball at my sister. Which started snow ball fights and snow angels.
We spent Sunday (our last day in Oregon) doing a west coast drive from Canon Beach all the way to Hug Point Beach. If you are ever going to the west coast, this is the first thing I would recommend. The elevations were breathtaking. Looking across the ocean you see a vast space of water and huge rocks sitting in the middle of it. Behind me, I am covered in trees and mountains.
I am in love with Portland, Oregon. This was just 0.1% of Portland, Oregon. It's huge. It made we wonder how vast this world is...and not being able to discover most of it in our life time. Anyhow, I do plan on making another visit here. 0.1% just isn't enough.