We Went to Portland (And It Wasn’t Weird) (Day 30)

Yesterday morning we headed inland to Portland! First stop: Target. Is it weird the red-and-white bullseye made me feel a little closer to home? It was such a friendly place, too …


From there we headed towards the waterfront, grabbing a food cart lunch on our way. Ryan opted for a gyro from A Taste of Greek and I got a delicious burrito from a Mexican cart. Then we stopped to admire the Willamette River.

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From there, it was on to our ultimate destination: Powell’s City of Books. (If you don’t care about books, you pretty much should not be reading this post.)

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It. Was. A. Mazing.

For those who have never heard of Powell’s, it claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world, occupying a full city block and about about 1.6 acres of retail floor space. CNN rated it one of the ten “coolest” bookstores in the world and I definitely think it lived up to its reputation. It was just … books. Everywhere.

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I spent most of my time in the colossal mystery/thriller section, and perusing their (excellent) shelf of running books. And we all know where Ryan could be found …

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After spending a few hours in Powell’s, we decided (sadly) that it was time to move on and try to make it to our campground before dark. We had really enjoyed our time in Portland and knew there was much more we could have seen (and eaten!) in the city. (And I didn’t find it weird at all … is that weird?)

We had one final stop on the way to our campground: the Tillamook Cheese Factory. We saw massive 40 lb blocks of cheese being cut down and packaged for selling, tasted (and bought) some delicious extra sharp cheddar, and ate some awesome ice cream. Definitely a worthwhile and delicious detour!

But fog and rain were rolling in, so we hit the road for our next campsite at Cape Lookout State Park. The rain held off until we set up camp, and we could hear the sound of the waves from our site, so all-in-all it was a pretty fantastic night.


I’m the oldest of 12 crazy kids and two pretty awesome parents. My love of travel developed during my early years traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. I’m a runner, a writer, and a reader, and I love cooking up good food and cozying up our camper.

One comment

  1. Rebecca,

    Cape Lookout was our favorite campground when we lived in Portland! Wasn’t it great? On a clear night you can see amazing stuff in the sky. The Oregon coast is so awesome!

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