Next stop on this roadtrip of ours is Portland, Oregon and let me give you a little spoiler alert I fell in love with this city, the people, the food, the margaritas and I might have to move here one day.
Leaving San Francisco we decided that we were going to take the long route and drive up the coast for a more scenic drive (because it would only be about 4 more hours than the other route... so they said). We left San Fran at 7:00am... we arrived in Portland at 1:00am... Yes, we drove for about 18 hours in the car that day. But... it was so worth it.
Eureka, Oregon was our long stop and best stop. We ate lunch here (faster than you can say we ate lunch here because we were so hungry) Our salads were gone in point two seconds. We got some local beer for our pals back home from Lost Coast and drum roll please we found an ice cream shop called Living The Dream Ice Cream. So of course we had to stop and leave some of the movement love (Which they accepted graciously and posted about it on their Instagram account. you could say I was giddy about that!)
Highlights of Portland had to be hiking Multnomah Falls. This hike made us feel like we were smack dab in the middle of South America and by no means anywhere in the U.S. It was so green, so foggy, and between the trees and the waterfalls you felt like you were in another universe. Outside of the hike we ventured downtown to the food trucks (so many options and all so good) and Powell Bookstore (I could spend an entire day inside of this place). For dinner we sat at a bar for almost five hours talking with all of the regulars and being a local as much as possibly could (we met the best people inside here and chatted with them all night long). Before we left Portland we posted up a Black Rock Coffee to get some work down and wind down before our next city (Seattle). I have to say that the people in Oregon were so friendly, easy going, and had the best vibes.
Roadtrip Wisdom: Portland Edition
- Keep Portland Weird (it's okay to be who you are, own it and go for it)
- Never surrender.
- Small victories have the ability to create large opportunities.
We met some of the best people we have ever encountered in Portland and were able to gain so much wisdom and perspective from the new friends that we made in this city. Here are a few treasures we got while asking people what they think livin' the dream means.
“Having a good friend. Not a whole lot like Facebook. Just a few good friends. Like one, four or five. Not more than 50. Im not impressed by people who have 700,000 likes.”
"Its actually peace. Satisfaction, in going for it in your endeavor.”
“Living on your own terms without inhibition”
“If you have goals, things you want to do, go do them. From very small to very large."
"Today, this is Livin the dream… everyday it’s a little bit different but that would be my answer."
"I don’t think it’s defined by someone else, I think you define it. It's this, it's the life I dream of now. Why do you take one step at a time to get there, and if you can be on that path then you're where you're supposed to be."