Portland, OR, Again 2017

Was here 5 years ago.  And I find myself doing the same things again.  Alder Street Food trucks.  Stumptown and Southeast Grind Coffee houses.  Streetcars around downtown.

Alder Street Food Trucks.  Asian Food.  BBQ.  Mexican.  Indian. Mediterranean. Get it while it lasts.  Downtown is building new buildings.  That parking space is going to be valuable one day.

Stumptown Coffee, a local favorite.  But closes by 6 or 7p, usually.


Southeast Grind, 24 hours


Greasy Fried Rice hits the spot sometimes, and Thai Basil Fried Rice with chicken has become a favorite, $7.  Now, if I only can find a dirt place with Kim Chi Pork Belly Fried Rice.


This time, able to explore Beaverton, Mongolian Hot pot at least.  All you can eat for $20 at Little Sheep.


Not NBA season, but home of the Trailblazers.IMG_8568.JPG

If you want to see downtown, parking is mostly pay lots only.  You may want to consider parking on the east side of the river, and taking the streetcar ($2/ride) to the other side (what the modern chicken does).


Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the west side of river, has a nice view of Mount Hood.



Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

It’s FREE! Hallelujah!  But it’s packed on weekends.  Good luck with finding parking between 11a and 3p.

The River has several waterfalls on the Oregon side.  You can see 5 driving on US-30 or Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway.  To get there from Portland, on US-84E, exit for the Vista House at Crown Point, which is 20min east of Portland.  There you get a great view of the Columbia River, a huge cousin of the great Mississippi River, but looks cleaner.  FREE!

Next is Latourell Falls, if you can find parking.  I gave up, so no pictures.

Next is Bridal Veil Falls, again if you can find parking.  Again, no pictures.

Next is Wakeena Falls, which also has a small picnic area (maybe a campground, but I saw no tents) across from it.  Parking is cuthroat.

Past Wakeena Falls, is Multnomah Falls, which is the one to see, if you had only time to see one. You can actually reach it from US-84E, there is an exit there for it’s own parking lot from I-84, and a short walk. The parking lot for I-84 might actually be bigger than the one on US-30. So if you only want to see the Multnomah Falls and nothing else, the interstate is probably the way to go and only 30min east of Portland. FREE!

Then past Multnomah Falls on US-30 (not the interstate), you see Horsetail Falls.

Once past the falls, you need to get back on the interstate. You can head back west to Portland, or head east and stop to see Bonneville Dam.  There is a great display in the basement of the Army Corp of Engineers (yes, that’s correct, they have a visitor center for the dam) in the basement for seeing salmon (and a lot of pacific lampreys/eels) swiming upstream, from the fish stairs they built so they can get past the dam.  You might actually be able to see them jumping the stairs too.  And you get a great view of the dam and pass the locks that allow ships to pass through.  FREE!

If you choose to keep going east, you can see the city of Hood River, an hour east of Portland.  There in the summer, you can see para-sailing, and windsurfing on the Columbia River. You can also see the houses on the Washington State side of the river. What a great view, during the summer.  Cost to rent equipment is unknown, but there are signs up that this is a day use fee area.  LIKELY NOT FREE, BUT YOU GET TO DO MORE THAN LOOK AROUND.


2013, Day 5-6, Bus pulls into Portland, OR

From upper-left, wrapping normally from top to bottom:

  1. Crowd gathering for free band and eats at Italian festival in downtown
  2. Food vendors behind band
  3. Train / Trolley system stop
  4. Chinatown gate
  5. “All dogs deserve to be spoiled”
  6. Shops
  7. Bar / restaurant
  8. Hostel
  9. Coffee shop
  10. Shopping
  11. Food trucks
  12. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream
  13. Train / Trolley
  14. Chairs at Ben and Jerry’s have a interesting noise and shock reduction system
  15. Repurposing old snow boards into benchs

BBQ.  The brisket was so smoky.  The pulled pork was flavored perfectly.  The ribs had a perfect soft but firm consistency off the bone.  I had a food coma afterward.

Japanese Garden

Sunday Farmer’s market at Portland State University