Heading To Portland, Oregon!…


Well, the time has come to begin another adventure!

We decided on Portland, OR. for our 20th Wedding Anniversary Celebration!

So many people asked us, “Why Portland, OR.?”

I would start by saying,”Remember where we live?”

“HOT…STEAMY…TEXAS!” It has been miserable since MAY!

We NEEDED a break from this heat!

I was giddy, I was going to be able to dress in layers, scarfs, boots, vest, hats…the list goes on!


We read, it was a must to take the Portland Aerial Tram up to the Oregon Health & Science Hospital.

The designers and engineers are from Switzerland! So, you can just imagine how beautiful the trams were built.

As many as 20,000 people a day visit the hospital’s main campus on Marquam Hill!

Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the Tram cabins rise 500 feet during the four-minute trip.

Each of the two cabins have a capacity of 79 people, including the operator.

You just marvel at the city’s views!


To witness God at work with his paint brush…SIGH!!!! This was a blessing.


Have you heard of the famous Salt & Straw in Portland? This is some of what I read…

“They’re lining up like rock-concert hopefuls for a taste of something that confounds expectations of what a scoop shop can be.”
-Karen Brooks, Portland Monthly Magazine

Do you see this line? It wrapped around the building!! Yes, my friends…for Ice Cream!


Okay, maybe looking a little guilty…(This didn’t quite fit on the diet itinerary…LOL) But, a girl has to do…what she has to do, right?!

So many flavors to choose from, such as Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Coffee & Bourbon and Chocolate Gooey Brownie.

IT was worth the wait and more!

An hour east of Portland, is a town called Mt. Hood…it ended up being one of my favorite parts of the trip.

I didn’t want to leave!! The people, views, shopping, wineries and the list goes on…just incredible.

We were eating lunch here and this was our view out of the restaurant. Goodness!


Back in Portland the next day, we found this beauty…Laurelhurst Park. It was a local hangout.

Furry friends abounded here, with their owners.


Cheers! To having a terrific adventure on our 20th Wedding Anniversary Celebration!

BTW…the Pumpkin Cider was divine!

You can find this tasty drink and so many others at Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom.

I will be posting more of our trip in the future. The photos above were shot with our iPhone camera.

Hoping fall treats you well…

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52 thoughts on “Heading To Portland, Oregon!…

  1. I missed this post somehow. Congratulations on 20 years together! It seems you picked a great place to get away. The photos are stunning! It seems like you enjoyed the ice cream despite the way. Here’s to many more vintage years – cheers!

  2. Happy 20th Anniversary! I saw some of your images on FB, but did not realize you were celebrating a special event. So glad you had such a great time! I cannot wait to visit Oregon someday … one of the few states I have not been to!

  3. One of my favorite cities as I lived there 4 years in college. A little of everything with the Rivers, Waterfalls, and Mountains. Skiing in the winter and only an hour to the beach in the summer. Glad you had a nice trip. My husband and I were married in this city too.

  4. I enjoyed this visit to Portland, Laurie. You captured the beauties and joys of Oregon so well here, I especially like the photo looking across the water at the mountain. Happy anniversary!

  5. Happy anniversary Laurie! You chose a fantastic city in which to celebrate. Indulging in ice cream at the Salt and Straw is a perfect reason to jump off the diet train. 🙂

  6. Good Morning Laurie and Happy Anniversary!!!! Thank you so much for taking us along, what a wonderful getaway. Portland is definitely a hidden gem, so picturesque and rich in history. I wish I could have been there enjoying an ice cream cone with you lol. Have a great weekend my beautiful friend. Love & hugs, Nathalie xoxo

  7. Oh how fun!!! Here’s something I just found out.. Mt. Hood always has snow on it . Did u know that ?:). My good friend has s daughter in Portland, I hope to get there one of these days;)! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your pics. And,, if your walking around I wouldn’t worry about your little indulgence:)

  8. Happy Anniversary. Portland is a beautiful place to visit so glade y’all our able to travel and enjoy the country side as well as the cities. 🙂 Jim

  9. I can relate to what you’re saying about the Texas heat, we’re still at 90* here in south Florida. I wish you ALL the best on your 20th Anniversary and ENJOY!!!!!

  10. Happy Anniversary. Looks like a great way to celebrate. Love your guilty look – thanks for taking one for the team…. you HAD TO eat that ice cream so you could share with your cyber friends 😆

  11. What a great place to go for a special celebration! Portland, Oregon – I’ll have to remember that. Heck, I’ll just put it on my bucket list right now. Thanks, as always, for sharing. And, BTW, you look mahvelous!

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