Oregon is a gorgeous state. We spent a lot of time camping and sight-seeing around the Columbia River Gorge, visiting a few waterfalls, and enjoying some down time. We filmed a "Live from the Pilgrim Trail" video of our song "Chase Down The Moon" while camping in that area as well.
After some one wonderful time in Nature, we decided to explore the city a bit. We parked the Airstream at a Park & Ride and after figuring out how to buy a ticket and get on the right train, we made our way into the city! It was a bit rainy that day so we didn't have the camera out much- mostly just on the train! I think that was Magnolia's favorite part anyway :-)
Portland had a wonderful feel to it. There was such a great energy in the air. We were starving when we first got in so we went straight to the first breakfast joint we found, which happened to be Fuller's, established in 1947. It was a delicious good ol' country breakfast.
Afterward we walked around the city, did a little shopping at some boutiques and also Buffalo Exchange (we really didn't bring enough cooler weather clothes on this trip!) and then made our way to the famous Powell's City of Books. The bookstore was all we had hoped and we really could have spent all day in there! We got Magnolia a new book and ourselves a couple coffees.
For dinner we found a place for our favorite- Pho- a Vietnamese noodle soup perfect for a dreary day. I can't remember the name of the place but it was good!
We we moved on from Portland to head out to beautiful Bend, Oregon. When we get to a new place, we're usually hungry, and always trying to track down a local specialty or something unique to the area. The meal we ate when we first rolled into downtown Bend, though simple was one of the best of the trip. I mean, is there anything better than grilled cheese and tomato soup on a crisp fall day?? Add to that a bottle of local Kombucha and I'm a happy camper.
In Bend, we met some new friends, went to a pumpkin patch, filmed our cover of Adele's When We Were Young out at beautiful Smith Rock, and toured the Two Old Hippies guitar factory (which produce Breedlove Guitars, Bedell Guitars and Weber Mandolins).
The beauty of Oregon is certainly breathtaking and we hope to be back again soon!