Saturday, August 17, 2013

Portland...Day 1...Downtown and Voodoo Donuts!

Last weekend we packed up the car, drove to Sacramento, and caught a flight to Portland to celebrate Chad's best friend's wedding.
This was Landry's first flight...and after a rough run in the airport...screaming, the entire time...he did an awesome job on the plane. He LOVED flying!

Our first day, Friday, we decided to hop on the MAX Line...their version of BART...and check out the Dowtown area. I have to say that Portland was much more diverse, urban, and poverty stricken than I expected.

There were a lot of homeless people in the Downtown area...and I have to say...some of them were quite creative. Here are some shots of my favorite signs for the day...

In the center of Downtown is the...

After exploring for a bit...we all decided that we were...HUNGRY! So we stopped in this delicious sandwich shop and grabbed a bite to eat.

Then the adventure continued. The architecture in Downtown was absolutely beautiful. Here is a stunning coutrhouse.

Across the street was a beautiful, brick courtyard area with visitor's information, water fountains, food carts, and these cuties...

Feeling lost? Here's your sign!

Having fun with a statue...Chad's parents joined us for the trip.

After we explored Dowtown, we hopped back on the MAX Line to the Skidmore Fountain area...
where we found...

My sister's friend had told me all about Voodoo Donuts and told me it was a must-do in Portland! If you haven't heard of the Food Network favorite, it is a crazy, bizarre, fun, slightly inappropriate donut shop.

They have three locations in the Portland area...this is the original. We were told that there is normally a line, three blocks long, to get in. Imagine our excitement when we found that the line was only about 20 minutes long. :)

Here you have their glazed donut, Fruit Loops, Captain Crunch Berry, and Oreo topped donuts.

I asked the gal what flavors she recommended and she said the Voodoo doll...duh...and the maple-bacon bar. I have to say...the maple-bacon bar was DELICIOUS!!!!! Hands down my favorite. :)

After a day full of checking out the was time to hop back on the MAX and go back to the hotel for the night.

And here is one more pic... so you don't forget...

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