Not nearly, but that would have been grand! We were in Portland two full days, and two half days, which we can call three days. I am already filled with a longing to go back and do it all again, and more. When we cannot travel as much as we would like, when a moment is unlikely to recur, I feel so thankful for our photographs, our best souvenirs. I do hope we will go back, some day, and I hope it will be with the rest of our family... that will be it's own pleasure, with its own moments. In the meantime, I am thankful for this adventure, and the opportunity to travel again, to relive the journey, details, and feelings in our memories.
And yes, by now, there is no way our acquired treasures, and the stuff we left home with, are ever going to fit in our luggage. Nope.
The plan: Buy an insulated grocery bag from Trader Joe's and use it to carry only our necessities for the train ride home, and the new found treasures can be stashed and crammed into our luggage. Voila!
That was a good lunch, and a good plan.
Good, then, let's walk!
I sampled... Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon. I do not think of myself as an ice cream person. But, I am going to try and do this justice, because this place deserves a righteous representation. The Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon ice cream was amazing. It was cold. It was creamy. It was only a spoonful, but it had a luxury of rich flavors, like a flavor spectrum. I felt like that one sample was a sensory meal, complete, satisfying. Have you ever enjoyed a spoonful of anything that left you feeling like it had achieved the fulfillment of its destiny?
Next, I tried Honey Lavender. Again, a spoonful of a complete expression, the subtotal of its purpose: A field of sweet lavender inside my head, cool, refreshing, and satisfying. Wow. Maybe I am an ice cream person, now.
Then... yes, I went for three samples! Caramel Corn on the Cob, because, honestly, why would I pass up on that?? It was wildly fabulous, like a great carnival ride, on a pretty day, and my favorite fair day indulgences... corn on the cob and caramel corn! I laughed out loud, from the pleasure.
You are welcome to come along. Even when it was too dark to expect good pictures, I kept holding up my camera, capturing moments, scenes, everything I wanted to fit into our bags, to visit again, if only from our desk at home. These are some of our postcards...