Thursday, May 23, 2013

Portland: The Final Day

Our ventures finally led us back to Portland for our final glorious day of vacation. Our day started in the hills overlooking the city at the Portland Rose Garden that was this huge park with many levels and areas of hundreds of different types of roses (who knew that there were so many?!?!). There were SO many people here enjoying the view over the city, the beauty of the park and the roses, and the absolutely perfect weather...lots of people laying out reading on their own, hanging out with friends, and enjoying picnics. It is the PERFECT spot for a picnic. There were really cool areas organized in this part such and an amphitheater with grassed stadium seating and a small Shakespearean garden to host outdoor plays (and you could even imaging some awesomely photographic wedding occurring here).

Following this Jeremy took us the the MOST FANTASTIC PLACE IN THE WORLD TO HAVE EVER EXISTED! One of my mad passions in life is libraries and bookstores. I seriously LOVE being surrounded by all of the books and love reading. Powell's Books is a new, used, and out of print bookstore that is MASSIVE; the largest bookstore that I have ever been in and I felt starstruck being there...needless to say I was very overwhelmed. It takes up an entire city block, is several stories high, and is set up exactly like a library with the Dewey decimal system minus the actual numbers on books. Ahhh, we all immediately split up upon entry to wander around, spent at least an hour there, and I didn't even make it past the first two rooms. I WILL GO BACK HERE. For anyone who enjoys reading and bookstores/libraries, this should be on your life list. And the prices...oh the prices were fantastic...unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) our excess luggage space we came with was now filled with wines, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
After that (Note, I am shocked I left Powell's under my own free will versus kicking and screaming) we headed down to Deschutes Brewery Public House to enjoy some libations and take in the Pens game. This was a REALLY popular place for the weekend, but we had enough of our own space, and the drinks and appetizers were great. If you like beer, this is the place for you.

For our final meals on the West Coast, it was determined that we absolutely could not leave without indulging in sushi. So to Sinju we went! If you enjoy sushi, you will enjoy this place...they have some unique (and really tasty) rolls that I have never seen elsewhere, so it is fun to try new things!

What Jeremy, Shawna, and I enjoyed

Adam's seafood ramen

So this marks the end of one of the best vacations that we have ever had and I would love to repeat any of our adventures, they were that great. You cannot go wrong visiting any of our adventure sites. Ahhh...until the next time!