Mother-Daughter Trip to Oregon: Part 2 – Discovering Portland

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Visiting family and friends is my favorite way to use miles and points!

Family visits may not have the same lucrative redemption rates as a trip in First Class, or foreign 5-star hotels.  But the memories I make are priceless!

I recently spent some much-needed time with my mom in the beautiful state of Oregon!  I spent a few days in Portland with my friend Kristen before my mom arrived.

The highlight of my travel was road-tripping with my mom to my cousin Rachel’s wedding.  The wedding was a long overdue family reunion.  I hadn’t seen some of my cousins for years!

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

My Friend Kristen and Me at the Stunning Columbia River!

The Oregon wilderness was gorgeous.  It’s now one of my favorite places in the US!

Mother-Daughter Trip to Oregon Index:

Portland is known for its natural beauty, so I wanted to spend a good while wandering outdoors.

We drove our rental car to Multnomah Falls, a magical waterfall near Portland.  It is a 2-tier waterfall, totaling over 600 feet in height.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

Multnomah Falls Was the Highlight of Our Trip to Portland

The water current wasn’t too strong during our visit, because it wasn’t being fed by rain or melting snow.  We were lucky enough to visit during a sunny day (a rarity in this part of the country!).

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

You Don’t Have to Cross an Ocean to Find Heart-Stopping Beauty

We hiked for miles towards the top.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

I Had Heard the Falls Are Usually Crowded, but It Wasn’t Bad at All

My hard work was rewarded with great views of soaring cliffs and the Columbia River.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

Build Me a Cabin Right HERE, Please

We hid in the bear caves.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

If Only Bears Were as Friendly as Kristen

We had fun counting the switchbacks.  Switchbacks guide you up steep mountains, leading you in a serpentine route.  It lessens the incline for hikers, and helps to preserve the mountain from human wear and tear.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

The Switchbacks Helped Us Gauge How Much Energy We Still Needed to Muster!

We were getting tired, and were so happy to find a stream with fresh, cold water.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

Oregon Is One Photogenic State

We put our feet in and relaxed a while.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

Hiking Tip: Use Photo Opportunities to Mask Your Exhaustion!

We soon continued on our switchback journey, getting all the way up to #8!

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

We Didn’t Want Our Northwestern Narnia Excursion to End!

It was now getting late, and I had a conference call for work to attend.  The farther up I went, the less phone service I had.  So we made our way back down.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

Beautiful Sights Are Most Enjoyable When You’re Sharing Them With Someone!

Kristen and I were so happy to see each other again!  And spend the day hiking such a beautiful place.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

A Little Tired From the Hike, but All Smiles!

We took a few last pics, and headed back into the city.

Mother Daughter Trip To Oregon Part 2 Discovering Portland

Our View Reminded Me of Scandinavian Fjords

The next day, we went to a few coffee shops around town, including Case Study Coffee.  And no trip to Portland is complete without a visit to Powell’s Bookstore! If I had more time, I would have loved to visit the Japanese gardens.

On my next visit, I would love to try Nomad.  It’s a splurge restaurant, but looks amazing!  One of my new friends from Portland (thanks, Micah!) highly recommended it.  He also recommended Tasty and Alder and Le Pigeon, which also sound excellent!

You Can Find Creative, Delicious Food at Nomad

You Can Find Creative, Delicious Food at Nomad

Bottom Line

Visiting Multnomah Falls was the highlight of our trip to Portland, as well as walking around downtown and visiting some of the coffee shops.

I’d love to come back to explore the rest of Portland (and ALL of Oregon)!

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