Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Beat Da Beavah Up - Part One

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,
 
Catching up at work has occupied most of my days back… and finding new roommates has occupied the rest. Yes, apparently my apartment has turned into a constant chain of monthly squatters. Well, not exactly… but still… anyway, you don’t care about all that. You want to know about my recent adventures all over the Beaver State of Oregon. So I’ll just get right to it then…
 
Saturday
 
We drove a little over 700 miles to our first stop Portland. Basically, once we got there, we decided to just grab some grub at the Applebee’s across from the hotel & snuggle up watching yet another marathon of “Naked & Afraid” before passing out. That’s really about it that day. Fun fact: Did you know that it’s illegal for you to pump your own gas in Oregon? Me neither! Apparently it’s for your own safety… but really it’s so that they can employ more people… and the gas is still a good 20-30 cents cheaper per gallon than California. Think about it.
 
Sunday
 
In the morning, we first stopped at the Portland Zoo, which is actually a pretty amazing zoo. They have all of the usual animals that you might expect… and nothing extraordinary like Pandas or Whale Sharks… but they’ll soon have condors… and it’s really just the layout of the zoo & how well done all of the habitats are… and how comfortable it is to walk through. Hogle Zoo in Utah definitely has some work to do to reach this level. Here are some pictures…
In case you didn't know...
Dizzy loves goats...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love it when Nature happens...
Wild dogs eating a carcass...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After the zoo, we stopped by a wonderful festival hosted by our favorite brew masters Rogue Ales (passed in Oregon) with their Bones & Brews Festival. Basically it’s $5 to get in, then you have a wide selection of barbecue & beers to sample for about a dollar a pop, live music & basically just an overall good vibe. Here are some pictures…
 


Later on we grabbed a flight or two at Rogue Ales & met up with Dizzy’s friends C&H who have lived in Portland for a few years. These guys… were pretty f**king amazing! Sweetest couple you could hope for, very knowledgeable of the city, hilarious, just fantastic people through & through. I’m totally blessed to have met them & hung out with them on this trip… but more on that later.
 
Our first stop was a quick walk over to the legendary Voodoo Donut… home of the Voodoo Donut (of course) and the Bacon Maple Bar. Unfortunately we had to stand in the sun for a little over an hour to get them, but an interesting cross section of America entertained us & we drank plenty of fluids to keep cool. Pictures…
 

CREAM get the money... dolla dolla bills yaaaaall...

Next stop, C&H drove us out to a park at the top of Rocky Butte, where we had panoramic views of the city…
 

Then we drove about 45 minutes out of town to see… I believe it was Bridal Veil or Wahkeena Falls first… but then the absolutely amazing Multnomah Falls. Simply breathtaking… but my phone was dead by this time... and I guess the better pictures were on Dizzy's camera... but these are the ones I have from her phone... so enjoy... and I'll share better ones in another post...
 

Afterwards, we drove back to town & had a few drinks & dinner at Henry’s Tavern in downtown… and the food was great… and they have like 80 beers on tap. Check it out if you’re in town! Anyway… slept like a baby that night.
 C&H... Pure Cane Sugar...
Monday
 
That morning, we were off to our next stop… the Oregon Coast. We headed out after a quick breakfast… and there’s nothing but trees lining the highway… and then all of a sudden… BOOM!!! There’s a 747 on the right side of the freeway! Luckily it wasn’t a crash landing… but a pleasant surprise… the Evergreen Air & Space Museum, home of the Spruce Goose and countless other treasures of aeronautical exploration. Here’s the thing though… they wanted $25 each to check out their museum… which you can basically see from the entrance… so… here are some pictures from a distance…
 

 
Spruce Goose... and American Flag




Why yes... that IS a water park out of a 747


Tiananmen Square

Don’t worry, we put that $50 towards lunch at Gallucci’s in Lincoln City (great pizza & salad bar place) and our next stop which I will elaborate on next entry… the Sea Lion Caves… and honestly still had about $20 left over that I spent on fancy beer at… you know what? You’re just going to have to join me next entry. Have a great day everybody!!! Beat da beavah up, beat da beavah up…

1 comment:

Izzy Gerbil Tamer said...

Mmmmm I may need more pork and beer soon :3

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