Views, Doughnuts, Bikes, and Books

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Memorial Day Weekend – Day 6
I spent the night at a hotel in Lake Oswego, which is just south of Portland. My flight wasn’t until 2PM. I wanted to explore Portland a little more. Surprisingly, I was up early which is not like me. I had laundry list of things I wanted to see and I was determined to see as much as possible.

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My first stop was the Portland Aerial Tram at OSHU. The ride was $4 roundtrip. The tram gave me an opportunity to capture these images.

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Mount Hood

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View of downtown Portland

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Tram on its way up

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The tram ride was brief and treated me to some great views. However, truth be told, it wasn’t anything to write home about. I won’t complain too loudly… It only cost me $4.

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Next stop was Voodoo Doughnut. My cousin Marnie and I happened to watch a segment on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” about this little “hole in the wall”.

After watching the above clip, I was determined to find this place. It took a bit of maneuvering to find it, but I did.

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The verdict on Voodoo? They were good, but so sweet I nearly put myself in a sugar coma.

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Final stop – Powell’s City of Books. This is a bibliophile’s version of heaven. Powell’s in an independent book seller that takes up an entire city block and is comprised of floors and floors of book.

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If people in Los Angeles think they are “green”, they have nothing on the folks in Portland. There as many bikes parked everywhere. There are bike lanes everywhere. It’s a cyclist’s dream. Public transportation is fantastic.

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I kid and say that the folks are “crunchy granola”, but they really do take caring for the environment seriously. If I was surrounded by as much natural beauty as the folks in Portland, I would too.

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