Hi. I’ve been gone a bit blah blah, life happens, blah.
For the most part, I’m not a big vacation taker. Growing up, vacations consisted of my parents packing the 4 kids in a sleeping trailer of some kind and driving somewhere that we could sleep at an RV park. In the sixth grade for example, it was 8 people in a conversion van for 26 hours straight to California. Worst. Trip. Ever. I didn’t take my first plane ride until I was around 22 years old. Crazy? Probably. I haven’t fallen in love with many vacation spots, much less places I would love to live in simply because I haven’t been to that many places. Tragic, I know.
A few weeks ago, Courtney and I took a trip to Portland to see one of her best friends. She had moved away right when we started dating and it has been on the to-do list ever since we started getting serious. We also had decided to use her friend as our wedding photographer and did some engagement photos while up in Portland.
Here are some things I learned while in Portland.
1. Trees. Oh my word, there are trees everywhere. Really. Everywhere.
2. Everyone has lush flowerbeds. Rain plus plants equals every house a Better Homes and Gardens ad.
3. You can’t pump your own gas. It’s weird. Something about not wanting people topping their tanks off…environment…something, something. So you get to wait 15 minutes because the gas station has two attendants and 12 cars to service.
4. The homeless people downtown are pretty nice. They aren’t all up in your pockets demanding money.
5. The food trucks would seriously make me weigh 500 pounds. So good.
6. A short drive from the Portland area to Cannon Beach is beautiful.
7. 55 MPH is the top speed on the highway. Fifty-five.
8. They have the last place MLS soccer team and if I lived there, I would get season tickets. That’s just how it is with me.
9. Seriously, with the trees.
10. It’s a totally different vibe from anything I have known. I think those are the times and places where you grow as a person. Right?
At least I can start a “move to” list now. Maybe buy an umbrella.