Until recently, I had a vague notion that I might like to visit Eugene, Oregon one day being a famous runner’s city but Portland was just a name. I asked my brother who lives in the Yukon whether he thought we would enjoy visiting Anchorage, Alaska and I received a flurry of emails detailing the wonders of Portland. We spoke on the phone and he assured me that I would love it and if I didn’t love it, he would give me my money back.
And that is how we ended up sipping coffee in the lobby of the ultra-hip THE NINES hotel. My brother sent me a Hotwire alert that was offering rooms at THE NINES for nearly half price. The same price as what we will pay for a very modest rooms in Juneau and Haines in Alaska and where the internet will probably not be free. So we arrived mid-afternoon on Thursday and fly to Juneau, late Sunday afternoon through Seattle, touching down in Juneau around the time the sun will set.
In pitching Portland to me, Jack described the city as being very Lynn-esque. Hmm, my husband and I have been mulling this one over, and he says, “Well, not my Lynn particularly.” The key elements, I think are a bike, runner friendly place with great coffee and bookstores, extensive public transit and casual outdoorsy feel. But, the birthplace of grunge and a skateboarders haven, not really. I’m definitely into low-risk sports and if pressed, would have to name jazz as my favourite music. On the other hand I was a huge fan of Patti Smith when in art school and her bio was the top seller at Powell Books, which is a far better showing than on the NYT best seller list.
Highlights so far have been; Powell Books, which far outstrips the Strand in New York City, the Japanese gardens in Washington Park, the amazing light rail transit, Stumptown coffee at the ACE Hotel and the best cheese blintzes ever at Kenny and Zuke’s deli just a door away from the ACE Hotel.
So much to do, and so much to report but I have a run to get in so gotta go . . . adios!