“All the roads you took came back to me
So I’m following the map that leads to you.”
-Maroon 5 (from “Maps”)
Vancouverites are lucky. We can make a run for the border, leave town to escape the daily grind and literally be back home in a few hours.
We loved checking out Portland last weekend. Admittedly, it’s not a lazy day trip like Bellingham, Lynnwood or Seattle. Think long, traffic-choked drive across Washington state on the I-5. Then exhale, finally crossing the state line into Oregon.
We have yet to take the scenic route along the Oregon Coast because we are simply hell-bent on just getting to Portland ASAP.
The Canadian dollar has been weak, so we skipped Portland last year. But it stands out as one of our favourite places to visit. So this year, a dangling carrot in the form of tax-free shopping – crappy dollar be damned – and a chance to get out of town changed our minds.
Does anyone else feel like Portland checks boxes of a sister city? Hippy, environmentally-conscious and casual locals – check. Cyclists – check. Typical wet weather – yes. Obsession with good coffee and food – tick both boxes.
But there’s enough of a difference between both cities to make the trip interesting. From the staggering number of Beautiful British Columbia license plates seen in Portland, we always feel at home.
We’re psyched to be able to share what we experienced in a series of future posts in our “detour” series. For now, enjoy flipping through some photos from our trip today.