Hey there, lovely Today Was a Fairytale readers! I’m Susannah from Simple Moments Stick. Since Kelly’s gone, she asked me to fill in for her today. I’d love to share with you all about my the city in which I live, Portland, Oregon.
The name of Portland should really be Rainland. Seriously, it rains 9 months out of the year here. Here’s a fairly good portrayal of winters here from Portlandia’s point of view.
Why do people stick it out, you might ask? Why don’t we move to places like Arizona or Hawaii or Texas? It’s because, the other three months are fabulous! Seriously, there’s no place like the northwest in the summertime! If you’re looking for a location to vacation – come to Portland! (And let me know so I can show you around!!!)
1. Portland itself – The city of Portland is fabulous! There are always things to do and places to go. Where else can you find the world’s largest bookstore and smallest park? Portland has amazing coffee (Stumptown!!!), beer (so I’m told – I really don’t like beer), and food carts. Be warned – you could get really fat visiting Portland! With a city motto like “Keep Portland Weird” you never know what you’re going to come across when walking around downtown. I’ve come across everything from a flower festival, to dancers, to the naked bike ride. (yes, that last one did scar me for life. Thanks for asking)
2. The Mountains – Honestly, I haven’t taken advantage of the mountains around here as much as I should. There’s hiking, caves, and even SNOW all year round! This summer Nate and I have plans to head over to Mount St. Helens to enjoy the beauty there. We’re going to explore the Ape Caves and I can’t wait!
3. The ocean – The city itself isn’t all there is to do in our area. Drive just an hour and a half away and you hit the ocean! (Probably don’t drive so far that you actually hit the ocean) No, it’s not like the warm, luscious beaches of Hawaii. You don’t really want to swim at the Oregon coast unless you’re into freezing to death. There are so many other things to do, other than swimming. There are beaches you can drive onto where you can have a bonfire, there’s great hiking, you can visit places the Goonies was filmed, and so much more! It’s just a gorgeous place to relax and unwind.
4. The Gorge – Drive about half an hour in the other direction and you hit the Gorge, with some of the best hiking. Seriously, there are gorgeous hikes for any skill level. (Gorgeous hikes in the Gorge… See what I did there?) Since it rains so much, everything is green and beautiful! Nature at its finest!
5. Rivers – There are so many rivers surrounding the Portland area and it’s fabulous. You can do everything from fishing to white water rafting up and down the same rivers. Swimming, camping, kayaking – you can do it all – and it’s so beautiful!
Do I sound like a travel agent yet? Well, come to Portland, let me know you’re here, and I’ll show you around. We can be friends and I’ll be able to show you how true everything I’ve said in this post is – and I’ll show you that I’m NOT a travel agent. 😉