Blogs from Portland, Oregon, United States, North America


North America » United States » Oregon » Portland November 27th 2022

Truth be known, I am beginning to dislike ALL airports. I have spent too much of my life, both for business and pleasure in good and bad airports around the world. For every Changi Airport in Singapore, there is a dump in Katmandu. And it seems the dumps leave a lasting impression! Out of 30 ranked midsized airports, here are WSJ’s top 5: 1.) Sacramento International Airport (SMF) I have not been there for about 10 years.2.) San Diego International (SAN) Always easy to get in and get out quickly. Food needs to improve.... read more
Love the grand old flying days
Big travel mess

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland August 3rd 2022

2nd August, 2022 Sandra was awake early but I slept in till nearly 9am. We missed breakfast .. dammit! Showered and walked to the post office so I could send some postcards and to get a price on sending some stuff home. We walked past a little park that had an elephant statue. As usual, there was a bum sleeping in front of it so trying to take a photo was almost impossible, but we got one. We then walked into downtown to see if there was a hop on hop off bus but Portland doesn’t have one. They do have a tram that goes around the city though for $5 for a full day ticket getting on and off. We got on and went south and got off at Providence Park where they play baseball. ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland August 3rd 2022

3rd August, 2022 The alarm had been set for 7am. We took the box with all our clothes to the post office when it opened at 8am. Friends had told us a courier would be cheaper but after the frustration of last night we just went with the US postal service. AND it turned out to be about $50 cheaper. Back to the hotel for a big breakfast and then check out. Got a Lyft down to the car rental place and it was packed. The guys there seemed to be extremely young and not really sure of what they were doing. Eventually though, we were given the keys to the car, a Subaru Forrester. Pretty good car to drive. Thank god the pick up place was on the edge of the city so drove out ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland August 1st 2022

1st August, 2022 It ended up being another very late night last night. We got on the train at about 10:30pm, but our sleeper room wasn’t ready yet, so the conductor asked us to wait in the Observation Car till the room was ready. It was dark so there wasn’t a lot to observe so we got the UNO cards out and started playing. A kid on the other side of the carriage was watching so we invited him to join in, which he did. We then saw that two other guys were playing UNO as well so they asked if we could all play together. Of course, the drinks started to flow and we were having a great time playing the game and making a bit of noise. Luckily, no one was trying to sleep ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland September 17th 2020

We woke up early this morning and finished cleaning out the fridge, cabinets and packed away all of the kitchen items. After breakfast we hit the road at around 9, with our first stop in downtown Stevenson at the local ACE hardware store to have our propane tanks filled. The young man that was helping us said that he was sorry that we were not able to view this area, The Columbia River Gorge, as it was quite beautiful. As you would expect the visibility did not get any better the closer we got to Portland, in fact, it only got worse. We arrived at Mt. Scott Motor's at 10:45 to drop off the RV's. The check in process was quick, and the people could not have been any nicer. While seeing a major part of ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland September 8th 2020

Our Trip began at 4:45am. We were pretty much packed up the night before, so just needed to get ready, have some coffee, and leave for John and Diane's house. The limo was there promptly at 7:00, and the drive to Logan Airport was pretty quick. No traffic due to the holiday. Check in went without a hitch, with John getting his perfunctory pat down by TSA. I'm starting to think he puts metal on his body just so they'll do it. They told us at the ticket counter that there would be no food served on the flight, and we should get something to go before we left. Well, either the restaurants/kiosks were closed, or they had no more food left. Sandy managed to find one place that had one chicken wrap. Gonna be a ... read more
Masks suck
Puddle Jumper - SEA to PDX

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland June 23rd 2019

Langsam muss ich vom Urlaub mal Urlaub machen. Heute habe ich nach dem Frühstück (leider gab es keine Pancakes) etwas World of Warcraft gespielt, bevor ich meinen Spaziergang gestartet habe. Dabei bin ich zuerst zum Pioneer Courthouse Square, laut Lonely Planet eine der wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten. Aufgrund der kühleren Temperaturen habe ich keinen Frappuccino, sondern einen heißen Mocca Venti getrunken. Seit Los Angeles liegt meine Jacke auf dem Rücksitz des Mietwagens und vielleicht werde ich sie noch brauchen. Dann bin ich etwas weiter und habe in einem Seven Eleven meinen Getränke-Vorrat aufgefüllt. Von dort bin ich ans Ufer des Willamette Rivers, wo sich der Tom McCall Waterfront Park befindet. Viel mehr gibt es in der Stadt aber nicht zu sehen. Nach Chinatown bin ich nicht, weil ich dort erst in San Francisco war und außerdem ist das ... read more
Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Pioneer Courthouse Square.

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland June 22nd 2019

Für gestern hatte ich die längste Etappe dieser Reise eingeplant. Knapp 600 Kilometer von Mount Shasta nach Portland. Nach dem Frühstück ging es wieder los und es war eine lange Fahrt über Berge und durch Wälder. Ich machte zwei Wasserpausen und einen Trinkstopp und musste zum Glück nicht auf die Toilette. In Portland habe ich mein zentrales Hotel gut gefunden. An diesem Tag habe ich meinen Bargeldvorrat und meinen Wasservorrat weiter abgebaut und möchte beides bis zum Ende der Reise natürlich auf Null bringen. In meinem Hotel gibt es kein Restaurant, aber nachdem ich auf Google in Laufweite ein Fonduerestaurant gefunden habe, wusste ich wohin ich gehen will. Es gab ein 4-Gänge-Menü mit Käse-, Fleisch- und Schokoladenfondue und Salat. Das war sehr lecker, kommt aber nicht an die Käsefondues in der Schweiz heran. Im Hotel bin ... read more
Der berühmte Mount Shasta.
Der berühmte Mount Shasta.
Erste Wasserpause.

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland January 15th 2019

Well here goes my first foray into the world of blogs. Thus far Amy and I ars getting stuff done relatively well. We've gone through about 6 iterations of bags. Finding the right combination of weight, size, and comfort is the challenge. I can't wait to get this show on the road, metaphorically and literally.... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Portland October 11th 2018

Woke at 2:00am Dublin time, left our B&B at 3:00am in order to drop off the rental car. At the gate for our flight to Amsterdam all checked in. Now breathe. Ended up with lots of room on this flight, too. When looking at seating charts last night, only the last row — the VERY last row by the bathrooms and the galley — was available. Thought we were going to be sardined for the 10-hour flight, the two middle seats of the middle section of four. But no! The two seats to the outside of us never did fill, so we moved out and both of us have an aisle and lots of personal space. Woo hoo! Simple pleasures and reasons to rejoice at the end of a long 12-day vacation. Just watched an HBO ... read more

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