Nathan and i went to Oregon last week to celebrate our first anniversary/see my new baby nephew/celebrate my dad’s birthday with him. We venture out that way every couple of years, and it always kind of feels like my “home away from home.” There are all these subtle and not-so-subtle differences between here and there that i notice—the way the air smells and the water tastes, the kinds of cars you see on the road, the flora and fauna, the hilly roads—and it gives me the weird sense that i’m back in the early ’90s and this place is my home. (The dream of the ’90s is alive in Portland!)
We visited several breweries and taprooms over the course of the week and tasted something like 40 different beers. I took a lot of photos of beer to share with my brother, but i think i’ll leave those out of this post for the most part. Well okay, maybe just a couple…
I think i enjoyed my first beer the most—Deschutes’ Chainbreaker, on the right.
A flight at Cascade. Very good beers, but very sour!
@ the Green Dragon taproom. Notice the hop tail
We had to get some Voodoo doughnuts.
Those first two nights we spent in Portland. Then we drove down to Eugene/Springfield for a night & then headed out to the coast. We stopped in Florence for Mo’s and saltwater taffy and then headed north to Newport, stopping for a hike at Cape Perpetua along the way.
Cool tree bent over the trail
Big ol’ banana slug!
From the top of Cape Perpetua
In Newport we stayed at the charming Sylvia Beach Hotel (thanks, Dad!), which was within walking distance of the Rogue Ales Public House on the eerily-vacant bayfront. The beer was flat and kind of mediocre, but i discovered that they also do some distilling and have a “hazelnut” rum that tastes delightfully like caramel corn.
After that side-trip we returned to Eugene, where we took a stroll through Hendrick’s park, ate some Track Town pizza (yum!) and did another hike up Spencer’s Butte.
Nathan & me on top of Spencer’s Butte
(Part of) the view from the top. It’s a popular spot!
This dude was chilling on my dad’s street, right in the middle of the road. He wouldn’t move when i tried to shoo him away.
On Dad’s birthday we went to the Saturday Market with my sister & the new baby Bodhi, found some good beers at the Bier Stein with my dad & stepmom and then attended a University of Oregon Ducks baseball game with them. THE DUCKS WON! 🙂
Me and the new little guy!
The Ducks making the Oregon “O” | Credit Eric Evans
Birthday drink with Dad
It was a good trip, even if i sort of slept half of it away because i was so lethargic the whole time. Jet lag? Lack of exercise? I’m not sure. It’s always great to see family, and i was definitely due for some time away from the office. Here are some of my favorite moments from the trip:
- That first beer of vacation. Ahhhh!
- Giving my extra curry to a hungry dude on the street, even if he didn’t look all that desperate
- Discovering goats nomming on a field across the street from the Cascade brewery
- Nathan’s joy at finding Pliny the Elder on the tap list at Green Dragon
- Seeing Bodhi smile at me for the first time
- Watching the sea lions perform their cute tricks at the aquarium
- Sneaking kisses in the park(s)
- The start of the cool rain as we sat at the top of Spencer’s Butte all warm & sweaty
- Later, sitting in Dad’s hot tub during the cool drizzle
- Calling out “O!” with the crowd during the last few pitches of the baseball game
- Cheers-ing my dad for his birthday
Until next time…