Portland: Town of Bikes, Beer, and Weird Hipsters
The Rose Test gardens is an area on top of Washington City park, a large hill-top park on the west-side of town. They've got an inordinate amount of roses there. Like proabably millions of them, all different species, colors, sizes, etc. I felt like the Queen of Hearts and her many card soldiers from Alice in Wonderland were going to collect me up at any moment and have me headless. It smelled great though!
Powell's Books was described to me as the largest bookstore in the world. Naturally I had to check it out. Once I got there, I only needed to look in the window and realize that I didn't want any part of the madness contained inside, so I just kept rolling.
The next stop was VooDoo Doughnuts. I didn't really know much about it but it had been recommended by a few different people so I decided waiting in line for 45 mins was worth it. It was miserably hot though and after a certain point, there was no shade for like half and hour. For our waiting-in-line entertainment, there was a duo playing funk/jazz/blues tunes on guitar and buckets. They were actually extremely good musicians. The best part was that the bucket player had a frying pan as one of his "drums." Turned out the selection of doughnuts was gigantic so I simply opted for the VooDoo dozen, which is just 12 picked by the staff. I got an apple fritter too and as it would turn out, that was the best one. Haha.
I finally did get out of there and made my way to Huts' place, where he let me do some laundry as I planned my route out of Portland towards Bend. We made a spaghetti dinner and went out for a beer later in the evening at the Hair of the Dog (HotD) bar. On the way to the bar, we stopped at his studio. What a place! It was a giant warehouse-turned-studio that was the most perfect creative adult playplace I'd ever seen. We went up on the roof too for a great panoramic view of the city. The studio is right next to the Franz bread bakery and the whole neighborhood smelled wonderful because they were making cinnamon-rasin bread at the time.
After our sampler tray at HotD, we headed back towards his place to a little park with another, different view of the city. I think that area is referred to as "The Bluffs" as it's a little grassy spot perched on top of some pretty steep cliffs on the NE side of town. We got there right at sunset too. T'was a nice ending to a weekend in Portland. We rolled back to his place and crashed almost immediately into our beds.