We were actually in Portland last week over Emily's birthday,  just in case you are trying to figure out where we actually are on the day this is posted.  I'm a little behind, but I'm catching up.

Portland was our first try at public transportation in a big city.  We parked at the Lloyd Center mall and rode the Maxx line downtown.  We walked and walked and walked.  First stop HAD to be Powell's bookstore.  All it is cracked up to be!  The store covers a whole city block.  Spent over an hour browsing for books.  Found some deals and bought some books.  Kids then read some books.  And then the next day...we need more books!  We are utilizing the downloadable book, but still we are running out!  We are going to try some book exchanging in the next town.  As Mrs. Walker would say, "Readers are Leaders!"  
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I'm pretty sure Max is spitting in this picture...awesome
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Our friend, Grant, gave us a great tour of Portland.  Here we are at Multnomah Falls.  Then he took us to Guiseppe's Italian Restaurant for dinner, and I think their pizza was the best I've ever had.  Really.  A few years back, Grant saw my parents at this little place!  They were visiting Portland, and they got lost. They stopped into this place for dinner and Grant spotted them across the room.  That's about the time Grant came back into our lives after losing touch for a while.  We are glad to have him back and we had a great time with him.

Emily's Epic Entry into 14-dom

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We celebrated Emily's 14th birthday in Portland. She exited the bus in the morning to be engaged in an epic silly string fight!

Grant chauffered us around to see his new log home, Mt. Hood, and some other fantastic sights.  He took us to see "Despicabe Me", which we all loved.  Favorite line from the movie:  "It's so fluffy!!!  I think I'm gonna die!!!"

Grants cabin has vertical logs...very unique.  It sits close to the Zig-Zag river in Rhododendron, OR.  Rustic and beautiful!

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Timberlake Lodge at Mt. Hood
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Grant and Joe
Here we are at Mt. Hood, only a 40 minute drive from Portland.  Skiers and snowboarders had all the snow they needed.  Amazing.  In July!  The boys had a snowball fight while Em and i viewed the scenery from a distance.  We had lunch at the historic Timberlake Lodge.   Beautiful!

For Emily's birthday dessert, we couldn't find a cupcake shop, so we for dessert to alodge out near where we were parking for the night in Forest Grove, OR.  She had some delicious caramel brownie thing and Joe had a chocolate milkshake made with stout beer.  Interesting.  


We didn't get enough of Portland, so we will be back in a few weeks on our way back to California.  Check back for Portland - Round 2!

 





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