Living just 3 hours away from Portland my entire life, would you believe I've never been? Yeah, neither did most of my friends when I told them of our plans to head down their over the weekend. When researching things to do, oh baby was food numero uno on my checklist! Of course everyone recommended shopping (with the whole "no taxes" and everything), but I had different plans.
Is anyone else a big reality TV junkie like me? About a month ago I was doing the usual bored browsing thing on Netflix (it's a real thing) and stumbled across TLC's "Little People, Big World". I hadn't seen this show in forever but was quickly reminded of its awesomeness. I jokingly told Eric that we should go to their pumpkin farm just outside of Portland over Halloween season, and to my surprise he was totally on board!! We had been planning a weekend trip down there for quite some time, and seeing as this would most likely be the last good weekend, it was the perfect excuse!
We left Seattle around 7AM, driving through countless clouds and a crisp Fall chill in the air. A few hours later, Portland welcomed us with open arms, blue skies and rows upon rows of bicycles. Oh Portland, you had my heart at Food Carts, but your cute streets around Pearl District really sold it for me!
First stop on our adventure was right outside Portland, at Roloff Farm. We wanted to get here as soon as it opened to avoid any traffic. Unfortunately our GPS got us a little lost but there were signs all over this back road to lead us on the right path. And there she is in all her glory! First thing we did was take a tour of the property. Eric said that I could have practically given the tour myself, I knew where everything had happened on the farm (ex. Where Jeremy got married, where Matt bought Noah's Ark, where Jeremy and Zach played soccer growing up, the list goes on). It was so surreal though seeing everything in person. Amy even joined in on our tour. See pictures below!!
^^ Look at that face of pure joy. I don't know what it is, but Eric is obsessed with llamas. He's determined that we will own a llama one day. If we do, I shall name her Tina. ^^
^^ Stealing kisses in the corn maze. We actually did get lost at one point. Thankfully a 4 year old boy showed us the way out, ha. ^^
^^ Picture taken during our tour of the farm. This is where Jeremy got married in the latest episode of LPBW. ^^
^^ Eric told me to stop taking pictures, but I had to prove to you guys that I really did see Matt and Amy. Here Amy joined us half way through our tour and showed us secret tunnels that are around the property, as well as her issues with their neighbors. We're practically BFF's now, so... ^^
After dropping off our things at Eric's aunts house we drove into downtown Portland. We had a few key places we wanted to see and do, but for the most part we have both come to enjoy just relaxing and taking things in while aimlessly walking around (we find thats when you stumble across the best gems). We parked the car in Pearl District and headed out on foot.
^^ Pretty blossoms everywhere. I almost forgot it was the Fall season all together. ^^
Funny story, after we walked around for an hour and our meter was up, we headed off to our next destination. I really wanted to go to the Ace hotel and get our pictures taken in the old photobooth. So we found garage parking (where we wouldn't have to worry about meters and such), and made our way through the staircase and up out on the street again. Once we got to the street we noticed that we had popped out right where we had parked previously. We both looked at each other and were so confused. It felt like we had driven blocks to our next destination, come to find we just did a giant circle. Turns out Portland is a lot smaller than we thought.
^^ I must admit that we didn't end up getting Voodoo doughnuts. *Cue the gasps* I know this should be a crime and while we did have the full intention of going by the time we got there we weren't in the mood for doughnuts and we didn't feel like waiting in an exceedingly long line. But we went and took a peak inside. Good enough, right? Please don't judge! ^^