Powell’s and Burnside:
On my first day in Portland by myself I started with Powell’s books. After a quick stop at Pete’s coffee, and a couple of turn arounds I made it to the biggest book store in, I assume, the U.S. (I actually have no idea if that’s a true fact, but it’s big). I honestly probably got more lost in there than I did in the whole city of Portland. When I finished at Powell’s, I still had a couple of hours left before most of the shops opened so I decided to set out to find the Burnside Skate Park. This was more of a challenge than I originally thought because as it turns out Burnside in the morning is one of the sketchier parts of the city. Once I finally made it to the Burnside Bridge, It had become evident that finding a skate park under a bridge was not only challenging to navigate but also potentially dangerous so I decided to postpone the trip…so I guess this section is actually just called Powell’s.
Kenny and Zuke’s Delicatessen:
After the Burnside stuff I tried to go back to the shops I saw earlier…but I couldn’t find them, so instead I just decided to get lunch. I stopped in a cute looking lunch shop, got a table for one, and got another grilled cheese. This one was on bread this time but it was still pretty delicious.
After eating lunch I walked out and realized the shops I was looking for earlier were right down the street! I stopped at Wildfang, Animal Collective, Back Talk, and I bought a sweater at HydenYoo New York. It’s grid print, it’s super cute, and it was also 30% off. After this I tried to go into a weed dispensary, but you apparently have to be 21 so I got kicked out… I wasn’t even going to buy anything, I just wanted to go in.
Salt and Straw:
This is the portion of my day where my phone dies and I sit at an ice cream shop for an hour. After waiting for twenty minutes in line I got two scoops of ice cream. one lavender honey and the other strawberry balsamic with black pepper. Then I sat on a bench for an hour eating it. truly delicious. no pictures obviously.
grabbed my morning cup of coffee at Public Domain this morning and sat there until around lunch time when I went to meet Laura. Some important lawyer ladies were sitting next to me and having the most passive aggressive conversation ever but other than that it was still a pretty good time.
Burnside Skate Park (for real this time):
Hey I found it! with the help of my aunt and uncle. going to skate parks really makes me wish I could be a pro skateboarder, unfortunately it’s to late for me, I am doomed to photograph skate parks for all of eternity.
Shittiest looking doughnut shop ever but best tasting. I don’t know if I can eat any doughnut that’s not a grape doughnut now.
Boxer Ramen and 23rd street:
I have never had ramen that wasn’t from a bag but it was good and also adorable. I bought more stationary and that took up the rest of my day today!
Next post Friday. Last Portland Post and it will be a good one.
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Here’s a link that explains the plastic horse tied to the old horse ring. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_rings_in_Portland,_Oregon
It is SO FUNNY that your Uncle Chris told you about them on the way to the skate park. And then you ACTUALLY SAW ONE later that day!!!! I’m still chuckling at the thought of it. 🙂