We settled into Columbia River RV Park, right (nearly) on the shores of the Columbia River north of Portland.  There were pretty fall colors and we could peek at the Columbia, though there was no access.  There was a little creek and not much more to recommend it — except that it was very close to the city.

We had assumed that Portland would be among the top contenders as possible places to retire, so we settled in for a couple of weeks to get a better sense of the city.  We toured around and then started looking at neighborhoods and real estate.

We had a couple of opportunities to meet up with friends.  Jane and Pat met us at Jake’s Famous Crawfish and introduced us to Clyde’s, a great place for local music.  And met us again at Acadia for some cajun food and an Irish pub.  And Ellen (and Nathan) guided me from the Goose Hollow Inn to the Multnomah Central Library (where I blogged about Washington, after a long spate without wifi).

We thought we had found a good way to see downtown without having to park the dually on crowded city streets.  We’d drive to the convention center and park at a nearby lot for $7/day and then take the streetcar wherever we wanted to go.  This worked well one and a half times.  When we returned to our truck the second time, around midnight, it had been broken into.  We had just replaced the binoculars we lost in the Baltimore break in and they got those.  We think they were interrupted, though, as they didn’t get the replacement GPS or the back-up iPod.  They did take my daypack, which had the usual essentials, like keys and glasses.  We didn’t do that again.  Ted took care of the window the next morning, because of course it was raining.


We took a few hikes around Portland: Mt Tabor, the Arboretum, Council Crest, and we took the Aerial Tram.

And we caught an amazing double-bill at the Aladdin Theater, James McMurtry and Anders Osborne.

While we really liked Portland and especially some of its quirky neighborhoods, the rain was a bit daunting.  We weren’t surprised at the amount of it, but rather by our reaction to it.  [The pictures in this post were mostly taken in rare rainless moments.  The rest of the time it rained.]

2 thoughts on “Portland

  1. I’m sorry about the truck break-in. I went to school in Oregon and love the state. If you travel away from the Willamette Valley a few times during winter, the rain is much more bearable. 😄


  2. Sorry to hear about the break in. I didn’t remember there was a first one; very unfortunate. I am interested in your comments on Oregon as friends recently bought 10 acres there and hoped I would join them. But the rain seems daunting to me. Your comment on your (surprised) response to it interested me. I love Portland too, its walkability and neighborhoods. Expensive now though as more of us look for places outside CA to retire.


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