Our time in Portland was as good as it gets. We packed in a few full days of all the top (in my opinion) Portland tourist destinations: Powell's City of Books, the Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, the Chinese Garden, the Waterfront, and a few staple restaurants (Nong's Kao Man Gai, Salt & Straw, Voodoo Doughnuts, ¿Por Qué No? Taqueria). The best part, however, was being able to hang out with Amber, my brother, sister-in-law and my two nieces. I always get really bummed out when I have to leave my brother's family and it seems to get worse as I get older.
The next stop was Seattle. Originally, we were going to have three days but due to the threatening wildfires in Eastern Oregon shutting down I-84 briefly, we decided to leave after only two days. In Seattle, we went to the Space Needle and Pike Place Market so Amber could get the tourist experience. We also drove out to the NOAA Sound Garden, which was pretty lackluster due to it being a rare sunny, non-windy day.
So today, we made the 8 hour drive through Eastern Oregon to Boise, ID where we are spending one night before beginning our southward trek back home! Depending on how we feel tomorrow, we may drive the 15-16 hour drive in one go.
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