Today was really nice. The weather was PERFECT from the moment we woke up. NO wind, not too hot and tons of sun. It was beautiful.
We got up and got ready for the day. It was Uncle Gary's birthday today. Gary and I were both up earlier than the others so we had a really nice little breakfast together and we talked.
Gary and Joseph took us up to one of the many hills in the city. After a long drive through a BEAUTIFUL hillside neighborhood, we were at the top of the hill. In the middle of the city. And it was really quiet and off in the distance you can see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and the whole city of Portland. It was so beautiful! Portland is definitely the most beautiful city I've ever been to. It's so full of trees and hills and beautiful houses and beautiful places to go. If we ever move to the states, this is where you'll find us for sure!
Then we went downtown to a GREAT Japanese food buffet. Definitely the best Japanese food I've ever had! They had tons of great sushi and cooked dishes. Their teriyaki chicken was the BEST I've ever had. Then they had tons of tiny deserts you could have. They were ALL good. Yes I tried them all. They were all bite sized :)
After lunch we wandered downtown. We went to a COOOOOOL bookstore! It's a new & used bookstore that is so big that you need a map to get around it. I would love to have something like that close by!!! We also walked along the Willamette River and saw some fountains, the bridges and the world's smallest park. I'll post lots of pictures in a couple weeks when I am home :)
After that, we went to a famous mansion in the city named Pittock Mansion. It was built by one of the city's more important men back in the late 1800's. He owned the city's paper and was very influential. So he built this house on top of a tall hill so you can see the mountains and the city from every window. And there are rose gardens all around the house. After he died and his children were older, they wanted to sell the house. Lots of companies wanted to knock it down because it is prime real estate up there, but the city stepped in and bought it to save it. Now it is a museum that you can walk through. It is beautiful and amazing to see that they would have had a view of Mt. Hood while going to the bathroom. Incredible.
After the mansion we came back to the house and rested for a bit. Gary had to go to work for the night, so Dale and I went to the HUGE outlet mall about 20 minutes from here. It's amazing and we are going back a couple more times before we leave!
Anyway, now we are home and have planned out lots of stuff to do in the next couple of days. I'm going to use this as a bit of a traveler journal so I won't forget things, so watch for posts all through my vacation!
Now I'm going to sleep! This coastal/mountain air knocks me right out!
Oh yeah and the Red Robin burger and limeade aren't helping either. Can you say sugar crash?