(For all you uninitiated, "PDX" is what the cool kids call Portland, OR. Or at least that's what I am told. I sure hope another naming discussion stems from this one*. I'll just stick with it purely for convenience. PDX is easier to type than Portland*.)

Portland, Oregon is a city that is held in high regards by many Northwesterners. It isn't too large to be overwhelming. It is large enough to have all the culture you could hope for. And it is a well planned city with public transportation, city parks, and more. I've passed through here a couple of times before, but never really gotten a chance to really immerse myself in all that is PDX.

Well, in the continuing vein of the Year of Wren, things just seem to go my way. I've landed a 10 day housesitting gig in a gorgeous home in a lovely part of the city. Within being here only a couple of hours, I get treated to dinner with old friends at the 2007 Restaurant of the Year, Pok Pok*. Now, as a cool breeze flushes the house of the warmth built up through the day, thunder and lightening echo in the background really adding to the sense of adventure I'm anticipating for this lovely visit.

So any BdW readers in the area, let's get together! Let's do a movie in one of those famous McMenamin's pub/cinemas. Shall we check out the Farmers' Market? You must know a good swimming hole. Show me your favorite park*. Or if you were here but aren't now, drop a suggestion for what I simply mustn't miss.

Three cheers for a PDX adventure!
Thursday July 12 2007File under: travel, food

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on Fri 13th Jul, 2007 12:56 am PDT Saxtor said:
Well, I'm currently strapped for suggestions, but I will tell you, since you mention geocaches, some of the most amazingly clever ones are in that area. Definitely check some of those out.
Also, be sure to check out some of the CityRepair sites. There are a few Geocaches associated there too, but the draw is way cooler than the cache.
on Fri 13th Jul, 2007 09:01 am PDT gretchen said:
if it ever rains while you are there and are running out of slightly more adventurous things to do, omsi is currently hosting the body exhibit.
on Fri 13th Jul, 2007 10:09 am PDT Amanda said:
I second Gretchen's suggestion. We just went last weekend and it was amazing. Also... Japanese Gardens. It costs $8, but it's worth it. And um... POWELLS.
on Fri 13th Jul, 2007 01:47 pm PDT Sweet Julie said:
on Fri 13th Jul, 2007 01:48 pm PDT Strong Beef said:
Chicago style for Portland. Italian beef ordered wet with hot peppers.
on Fri 13th Jul, 2007 02:06 pm PDT Wren said:
Strong Beef's comment is right on the money. Not a truer word has been spoken.
on Fri 13th Jul, 2007 10:19 pm PDT MOM said:
Wren, The Japanese Gardens are a true favorite for me but for a real cultural experience from the East visit the amazing Classical Chinese Gardens. Talk about a Great Wall of China! They have summer concerts too--like this coming Tuesday already.
on Sat 14th Jul, 2007 09:06 am PDT cardboard said:
HEY Wren, You should check out those city repair sites that saxtor pointed out, I was just looking at the pictures of them and they look like greattimes. You should really have the ROD with you on these adventures.
on Tue 24th Jul, 2007 06:28 am PDT Chris said:
Just heard a quote on NPR you might like "Portland is where all NPR announcers want to go when they die. Either that or be turned into compost for growing hemp." Ohio may not be PDX, but I get a lot less grief for listening to NPR than I did in Texas; "Why you listenin' to that commie propaganda boy!"

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