I started planning my weekend on Monday morning. By planning weekend trips, I’m trying to feed my wandering thoughts and find a place to run away to from a place I’ve run away to. I like where I’m staying honestly but small town life, without the anonymity of the big town bustle, can be claustrophobic after years of big city living.
So my adventure this weekend hopefully takes me to Portland, OR. There are a few factors weighing on that but otherwise, I’m off to Portland.
Why Portland? Why not somewhere closer to where I’m staying? Couple of reasons:
- The books.–If you know you me or have been on my blog longer enough, you know I’m a book connoisseur. I love books. I love reading. I have books that I’d like to getting and some that I need for my collection to complete series that I have finished and plan to read again or series that I need to finish.
- The food.–The last time I was in Portland, there was a great food culture there. Pinterest was littered with what to eat in Portland, from the usual touristy things to the little known places that people have stumbled upon. There are food cart clusters, each specializing in a few key things like pizza or burgers. There’s restaurants with international fare and fantastic beer. Speaking of beer…
- The beer.–This outside of the books and the food, is probably the number #1 reason to check out Portland. There are over 100 different brew works so Portland is a micro-brew, small batch beer lover’s paradise. There’s Rogue, there’s Deschuetes, there’s Hopsworks, there’s McMenagmn’s (first time I ever knew there was anything like a growler), and the list just keeps on going!
- The transportation.–Very rarely will I ever say I go to a city because they have a good transportation system. I dog D.C. and Baltimore out like crazy, but Portland… Only place I am trying to find a park and ride so I can take public transit. It’s well done, well scheduled and pretty well maintained. And goes to the airport now.
Do you really need any other reasons to visit a great city that’s not so much a tourist trap as just an awesome place to be who you are?
Listening to: Dinner cooking.
Reading: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban and Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Quote of the Day: “Times of transition are strenuous, but I love them. They are an opportunity to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new habits. We can make our new normal any way we want.” ― Kristin Armstrong