Visiting family and friends is my favorite way to use miles and points!
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!
The Oregon wilderness was gorgeous. It’s now one of my favorite places in the US!
Mother-Daughter Trip to Oregon Index:
- Part 1 – Introduction and Planning
- Part 2 – Discovering Portland
- Part 3 – Discovering the Oregon Coast
Portland is known for its natural beauty, so I wanted to spend a good while wandering outdoors.
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!).
We hiked for miles towards the top.
My hard work was rewarded with great views of soaring cliffs and the Columbia River.
We hid in the bear caves.
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.
We were getting tired, and were so happy to find a stream with fresh, cold water.
We put our feet in and relaxed a while.
We soon continued on our switchback journey, getting all the way up to #8!
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.
Kristen and I were so happy to see each other again! And spend the day hiking such a beautiful place.
We took a few last pics, and headed back into the city.
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!
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)!