When we made the decision to full time RV, we knew we wanted to spend a good chunk of time in Oregon, specifically Portland. We visited Portland a few years ago and instantly fell in love with this city. It’s very similar to our hometown of Austin but with less people, better weather (in our opinion), and proximity to so many beautiful places. Meaghan’s family came to visit and we were able to catch up with our friends who live in Portland.
Portland is one of our favorite cities and we were SO excited to visit for three weeks in September. We stayed right outside of the city at Jantzen Beach RV Park. It was a great location to explore the city. We had amazing weather while we were here!
One of the things we were most looking forward to was the food. Portland has so many delicious restaurants and we took full advantage of that. Our “Out to Eat Budget” went completely out the window because we just couldn’t resist. Some of our favorites were Cha Ba Thai, Angel’s Donuts, Pine State Biscuits, and Ken’s Artisan Pizza. We probably ate 3 or 4 dozen donuts between the two of us while in Portland because Angel’s is just too good. We also finally got some great Mexican food!
Exploring with The Fam
Meaghan’s family came to visit and we had such a great time! We went to Multonomah Falls, Forest Park, Cannon Beach, Tillamook (had to visit the cheese factory of course), and spent some time wandering some of Portland’s hip streets. We did a bike tour with Meaghan’s dad and were the only ones on the tour! This tour was so much fun and we learned a lot about the city. If you are looking for a way to explore the city, check out Cycle Portland. We also did a walking tour that explored some of Portland’s shady-ish history. It was so great to spend time with family after being a way for a while and we loved showing them around a city we love!
We enjoyed walking around Laurelhurst Park, Mt. Tabor, and of course Forest Park. The city has so many beautiful city parks to enjoy. We also checked out the weekly Portland Saturday Market. It was a bit rainy so we didn’t stay long, but there were so many cool things to buy!
Meaghan splurged and got a manicure at FingerBang. If you are ever in Portland, and you like getting your nails done with crazy amazing art, this is a must. The nail techs are awesome and can literally do anything on your nails, seriously- anything. Also, this manicure has lasted almost two months and is still in almost perfect condition.
If you’re looking to try a new way to work out in Portland, you should definitely check out The Circus Project. Before leaving Austin, Meaghan got super into aerial silks. She was able to do some aerial workouts at this studio and it was great!
Reuniting with Friends
We had so much fun hanging out with our friends, Justin and Lauren. We love being on the road but it’s really hard to be away from everyone. It was so great to get to spend time with them and they introduced us to the super fun game of Anomia. Check it out.
First Aid Kit
In the summer we found out one of our favorite bands, First Aid Kit, was playing in Portland. We knew we had to go and did a little rearranging of our schedule to make it happen. We actually returned to Portland after spending time in Mt. Hood to go to this concert at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This is an amazing venue and the show was fantastic!
In the last post we mentioned we would update on the mice and here it is. Matt found two mice while opening a drawer. They had made a home in a zip loc bag box. They were so cute, but also needed to find a new home. Don’t worry, we cleaned the drawer and threw away the bags. This prompted us to head to Home Depot to purchase some no kill traps. We eventually caught these guys and set them free in Forest Park to live happily ever after, but the mouse story doesn’t end here unfortunately. More on them later.
Although we were sad to leave Portland, we were excited to get back on the road and back into nature. Check out our last post about our travels in Washington State.