Day 19 – I woke up, took a shower and then did a little work on the computer. It takes a bit of time to put all of these posts together, and I’m constantly falling behind. But it’ll be worth it in the end! Juan and I decided to do some more exploring downtown. We started at a breakfast place near us called the Arleta Library Bakery Cafe. I got the most amazing sausage gravy and biscuits with a side of potatoes. The biscuits were yellowed with butter and there was a thin slice of pork covering the top. Some of the best I’ve ever had.
After stuffing our faces, we jumped back on the bus and rode into town. Juan needed a battery booster for his phone and I decided I might need some sort of waterproof pants for the coast. We grabbed both and then meandered our way to the Deschutes Brewery. We both got the flyer of 8 beers to sample. They had a couple of IPAs, a Black Lager, a Red and some others. They were all full of flavor, and nothing too overpowering. The conversation was good, so we grabbed another beer and talked Australia, traveling, the web and film business.
We were feeling pretty good so we moved on and wandered around town some more. We both had to try a burger that Cayleigh told us about, so we headed to Killer Burger. We each got a beer and the Peanut Butter, Pickle, Bacon Burger. It sounds like a terrible combination, but just weird enough to work. When I bit into it, all of the grease and peanut butter blended together with the crunch of the pickles and bacon. Wow! How could this taste so amazing, I thought. It had to be one of the best burgers I’d ever had. Definitely recommend trying that one if you’re ever in town.
At that point, I was totally stuffed and a bit buzzed. We continued our walk around town and we decided to take a train up to Washington Park, in the mountains above Portland. The train ride was fast, and soon we were deep in the forest on dirt trails. At the top of the mountain was a lookout, where you could see 5 volcanoes across the river into Washington State. The weather was perfect, and it was great how quickly you could escape the city and be in nature.
Cayleigh messaged us that she and some friends were going to be in Mount Tabor City Park near the reservoir, if we wanted to hang out. It was on the other side of town, so we decided to make the slow journey back. We took the train into town and then jumped on a long bus ride over to the park. We were going to make a detour when we realized the house was locked, so we had to back track to the park entrance. It was nightfall when we entered the park. Cayleigh said to meet at the reservoir, but we soon realized there were at least 3 big reservoirs.
We made it to the top of the hill in the park and had an amazing view of downtown Portland all lit up. We both snapped some shots, before hearing voices below us. There we met up with Cayleigh and a bunch of her friends. Shortly after, Mislav showed up and we were all reunited. We had some drinks, listened to Purple Rain and gazed at the stars. It had been a long time since I looked up at the sky like that. It always seems to relax me and put things into perspective.
A few of us went back to our new friends’ house to have some more drinks and hang out on the porch. We talked about music, vampires, the movie Iron Eagle, and all of Portland’s amazing food choices. It was a great day. with some amazing people. Portland is definitely a place I could see myself going to again. It was 3am before I got to sleep. I had a long ride ahead of me the next day. I tried not to think about it as I dozed off.
(Repost of my 2014 Pacific Coast Tour Instagrams)