I took a 2-day trip to Portland around Thanksgiving (this post is late, I know). Two days may seem like nothing, but we managed to pack in a lot! This post is a recap of Day 1. Funny story first! So right before we left for the day, I ran upstairs to grab my camera (I was staying at a friend’s place). We had planned to go see Multnomah Falls that day—a waterfall that has been on my list of places to visit for a while now. Basically, I was SUPER excited to get some good shots of the falls.
We decided to grab lunch first at Pok Pok, a famous Thai restaurant in Portland. They were still closed when we arrived, so we decided to wander the streets nearby. It was quite gloomy that day, and it was raining on and off. But there was a lovely early-morning calm about the street that I wanted to capture on camera. The Pok Pok sign too, of course. But guess what…I didn’t put the battery into my camera. I usually take the battery out of the camera when I pack it because I don’t want it accidentally turning on during the flight and draining. What a disaster. My dreams of capturing Multnomah Falls on camera were crushed 🙁 But I’m thankful I at least still had my phone.
Pok Pok has quite an interesting menu—definitely a lot to choose from. But portion sizes aren’t that big and the dishes are pretty pricey. Make sure you try their wings, though! That’s what they’re known for. And they’re delicious! The pork belly dish is also quite good.
And of course, what’s a trip to Portland without a visit to Salt & Straw? This is Portland’s famous ice cream chain—now popping up in CA as well! The flavors here are very unique. The scoop sizes are quite generous. I recommend getting the split scoop so you can try two flavors without ice cream overkill. The flavors come through really well in the ice cream without being too rich or overwhelming.
After Salt & Straw, we started making our way to Multnomah Falls. We made a few stops along the way and unfortunately, I can’t remember the names of the places we stopped at. We made a lot of random stops, actually—to look at horses, take pictures of the Columbia river along the side of a highway, etc. There are also several smaller waterfalls that you’ll pass by before you get to Multnomah. While not as grand in size, these smaller falls are just as pretty. I literally felt like I was walking through a painting. Multnomah was, of course, the highlight of the afternoon. It was exactly what I had imagined it to be! The hike up to the bridge takes only about 10 minutes each way so I highly recommend doing it!
All in all, it was a pretty solid first day. Besides my camera incident. But I still had my phone so I can’t really complain. We ended the day wandering around the market in downtown–very interesting vendors and beautiful waterfront views. Stay tuned for Day 2! Day 2 was basically an all-day food tour, haha. Well, more like all-day dessert tour.