a day in pdx.

This past weekend some of my friends who are working at camp came to Portland for the day. One of my favorite parts about having friends visit Portland is that I get to do ultra-touristy things that I reserve for… tourists. What can I say… #hipstersgonnahip

I joined them at the part where we went to Saturday Market. Actually we started in Whole Foods where I (unfortunately) did not find a boyfriend but (fortunately) did buy an apple, sun butter & coconut chips. Just in case you were wondering. I managed to spend $0 at Saturday Market.


After Saturday Market, we went to Killer Burger for food. At that point I didn’t really care about food… I just wanted more coffee. But! I discovered that one of the girls visiting is really good friends with my really good friend, Rhoda. So naturally, we had to take a picture to send to Rhoda…

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Then we spent endless amounts of time in Powell’s (I bought a new L’Engle book, Penguins & Golden Calves!) before Cameron, Deaglan & I walked over to Stumptown… where Cameron spent the best $4 of his life at a photo booth where we all basically failed at taking photo booth pictures. But now the photo strip is the bookmark in my new book.

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(I am 90% sure Cameron had no idea that I took this picture, but I guess that’s just what happens when you don’t pay enough attention to me #onlychildissues)

From Stumptown, we headed over to Alberta Park where we spent a lot of time laying around and talking. But only after we merry-go-rounded.


I drank every last drop of my Stumptown iced mocha as we talked. I would have been okay if my coffee and my time with my friends never ran out. But the day was coming to a close.

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We initially were going to eat dinner on Alberta (some wanted Pine State Biscuits and I was all about that Grilled Cheese Grill because I’ve recently discovered that while I don’t love tomatoes.. I LOOOVE BLTs.. so weird) but that didn’t really work out so we aborted mission and skipped straight over to Salt + Straw.


I was REALLY upset that they didn’t have their coconut with salted caramel bars, so I went for the Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon and YESSSSS… it was so good.

Can I just say that I found it so amusing how my ice cream in a little cup was so neat and tidy and then Cameron sat there with ice cream dripping all over the sidewalk.

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and then our day together came to an end. They drove back towards camp and I went home and wished I was going back with them.

Moral of the story: everybody come visit me.



  1. Travis
    July 7, 2015 / 7:28 am

    I think you should start planning the itinerary* for when Megan and I come. We don’t have any money at the moment and no plans to leave the 50 mile radius around Nashville anytime soon, but we will come to Portland/Vancouver/Camp Arnold and we will conquer it. Amen.

    *Mostly we will want to eat.

    • July 7, 2015 / 12:54 pm

      dude. that’s basically all people do. our day was like going from one place to eat to another place to eat. we’ll spend two days eating in portland and then we can go to camp and do a juice cleanse while we go canoeing and hiking and stuff. & we should start a gofundme.

  2. July 7, 2015 / 9:35 am

    I’ve been to Salt & Straw once and got the coconut with salted caramel bars! You mean they don’t have that EVERY SINGLE DAY?! They really need to. But the Stumptown coffee sounds delish too. I love your dress (or skirt/shirt combo). And I need to go to Grilled Cheese Grill. Because I love me a fancy (or unfancy) grilled cheese.

    • July 7, 2015 / 12:55 pm

      it’s SUPPOSED to be a regular but it wasn’t up there! there was a coconut with something else and i was like… THIS IS NOT IT! THIS IS NOT RIGHT!!! but the stumptown coffee… oh man. that might be my new regular (even though it’s dairy and dairy does NOT do well with me).

      you’ve never been to grilled cheese grill!? omg what. this needs to happen STAT.

  3. July 7, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Okay, so I don’t know who Cameron is, but you two look really cute together!!!

    • July 7, 2015 / 12:56 pm

      oh boy. cameron has a girlfriend!!!

        • July 7, 2015 / 1:40 pm

          no worries!!! i didn’t mean to be misleading at all! sorry if i was 🙂

          • July 7, 2015 / 2:46 pm

            Oh, NO, you weren’t….not at all. 🙂 You did NOTHING wrong. It is just this cupid-matchmaker part of me…always hoping for you to find Mr. Right. 🙂 Silly me…sigh!

          • July 7, 2015 / 2:59 pm

            I LOVE IT, THOUGH!!!!
            i’m so glad you’re in my corner! and when it happens….
            it’s gonna be SO GOOD!!!!

          • July 7, 2015 / 3:20 pm

            YES, amen and amen!!! I can’t wait to see you post about it!! It’s coming, sweet sister…just hold on. God is working behind the scenes, I just know it! Jeremiah 29:11 & Romans 8:28

  4. July 8, 2015 / 8:02 am

    Aw this day sounds so fun! I’ve wanted to go to Salt & Straw the last few times we’ve gone to Portland, and didn’t! So sad.

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