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July 18, 2014

…is what Portland is.  I have to remind myself that the weather isn’t always this nice, because man—this place is pretty great.  We had an awesome time exploring all that Portland has to offer today.

After showering up, we ate breakfast at the hotel and then headed out to the zoo, which was only about 15 minutes away by car:


All of the usual suspects were there—lions, tigers, bears.  The weather today could not have been more perfect, so we took our time strolling through the various exhibits.

As usual, the hippos were the biggest hit.  I don’t know why, but Lila loves hippos. 

Actually I guess I do know why—they’re pretty funny, right?

We headed back downtown for lunch at a bakery, and then went back to the hotel where Lila proceeded to nap for a solid three hours—I think yesterday’s day of travel caught up with her!  She woke up rested and ready to go, so we went out for another adventure.  Around 4:00, we drove to Forest Park, which our friend Whitney had recommended.  It’s pretty amazing—a HUGE park with hiking and biking trails, literally about 10 minutes away from downtown.  One minute, we were sitting in traffic, and fifteen minutes later we were on the trail:


Lila has become quite the little independent hiker over the summer.  She insisted on walking on her own for much of the trail.  We stopped to throw rocks in a little splash pool, where the light was just gorgeous:


Seriously—it felt like an enchanted forest. 

For the last bit of the hike, Lila asked to ride in the Ergo…and I was happy to have her on my back.  Smile 


After such an active afternoon, we were ready for some serious dinner when we got back to the hotel.  We walked to Prasad, a vegetarian restaurant attached to a yoga studio that had good yelp reviews.  It did not disappoint—the food was beautiful, tasty and fresh.  Just what we wanted:


Even Lila, though initially skeptical, dug into her brown rice, avocado, and bean bowl:


…though I do think she was more excited about the ice cream we got after dinner.  Winking smile 


Mmmm…cookies and cream from Ruby Jewel.  Amazing.

Quick, somebody tell me something bad about Portland—otherwise I might try to convince Ryan that we should move out here!

Have a good one!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Patti permalink
    July 18, 2014 2:48 pm

    Portland is only an hour from the Pacific Ocean, another plus! I’m glad you are having a wonderful time

  2. Laura permalink
    July 18, 2014 3:16 pm

    My brother left Malibu California for Portland almost 20 years ago and has never looked back. He loves life there. Be sure you check out the Pearl District on your visit.

    • July 18, 2014 3:37 pm

      We’re staying about five minutes away from it and have been walking around there every day– so much fun to explore!!

  3. Granddad permalink
    July 18, 2014 4:17 pm

    Now u know why we put up with the rain.

  4. July 18, 2014 5:21 pm

    Looks awesome! I’m with Lila, the ice cream looks more exciting 😉

  5. ginger635 permalink
    July 19, 2014 6:16 pm

    It DEFINITELY is on my list now! Looks like an amazing place! Glad you’re having such a good time!

  6. July 21, 2014 4:05 am

    Be still my heart. We so so so fell in love. And yep, I’ve decided we need to move there. So maybe we can be neighbors? 😉

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