No trip to Portland is complete without a visit to the Sunday Brunch at Salty’s on the Columbia. Located about a quarter of a mile east of 33rd st on Marine Drive. Also adjacent to the runways at Portland International airport (PDX), so you can watch planes land and take off. This however can get a bit noisy, especially out on the deck at Salty’s. The brunch itself will set you back about $40, but it’s worth it. After leaving, I go catch the bus on 33rd, which travels down 33rd st. along the edge of Irvington Park. This area has some of the grandest and most stately homes in Portland. The bus ride concludes at Holladay Park near Lloyd Center Mall.
After leaving Salty’s on the Columbia, I head downtown to take in many of the interesting sites there. Hundreds of constantly running drinking fountains, called Benson Bubblers can be found here. However, a true Benson Bubbler has 4 bowls, while a majority of these fountains have one bowl. Summers can get so hot sometimes that these fountains are a welcome sight. Besides the bubblers, Portland is home to numerous fountains as well. One of these is Keller Fountain near the Portland State University. It is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day.
Friday evening August, 9 and the event I came to Portland for. After riding the MAX from downtown to Beaverton Transit Center, I get on to bus # 78. After a stopover at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus in Lake Oswego, its on to Tualatin Commons.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, also refereed to as Portland’s living room is a city bock in Downtown Portland. It’s Friday morning and the Tualatin Crawfish Cookoff is tonight. On the way down to Tualatin, I’ll visit downtown and the square
Saturday morning, it’s time to head to Tualatin for the Crawfish Festival. A short bus ride downtown then onto the MAX to the Beverton Transit Center. While I’m in Beaverton, I decide to take a look around town a little. Near the transit center is one of the first Burgerville USA restaurants, circa 1960. Although it is hardly a restaurant since there is no indoor dining. The red neon sign an trim really stand out on overcast days typical of the Pacific Northwest.
After exploring downtown Beaverton for a bit, I get on bus #76 and head down to Tualatin. Upon arriving at Tualatin Commons where the Crawfish Cookoff was held. Today, there were radio controlled boats racing around on the lake at the commons. At 10 AM the crawfish festival parade begins. At 11, its time to head on over to Tualatin Community Park for the festival itself. Vendors from all over Tualatin and some from Portland cook up all sorts of crawfish recopies. Most of these foods you’ll only find here at the festival only on this day.
Alright, this is a throwback to August 2007. However, I am rebuilding the blog. I might even rename it, but the URL will remain the same. I’ll even redo the existing portions of this website when I get to them.
It,s August 2007 and time for a trip up to the Pacific Northwest. I use to live in Portland and haven’t been back in a long time, so Portland it is. Also the Tualatin Crawfish Festival was going on, I think that was the main reason I went. Also has to try out the new camera. I was also glad to get out of the 100+ heat in Las Vegas for a while. Here ar the first few pictures I took the day I arrived
St. Johns, Oregon
Mid Century bowling center across from the Motel 6 on Powell Bvld.
Looking east on Powell towards downtown.
Day’s Piano on SE Foster rd, now closed. Lots of old signs like this along Foster.
Best Value Inn on S.E. 82nd. Ave. A googie era motel.