This Page Would Not Have Been Possible...
This page would not have been possible without the friendship and generosity of Denise and Phil, two of my longest 'serving' VT friends! I really can't thank them enough for their hospitality, and that's why I'm openly thanking them in public. And, don't you all think this is the best part of VT? Meeting your great friends? I do!!
My Local Customs
For the benefit of my great VT friend, Phildeni, I had to say a little about my own Local Custom. Most places that I visit, like many other travellers, I usually pick up a small pebble or stone from the place I am visiting, to bring home with me. In my garden here in Cornwall, England, I have hundreds of naturally wild-growing ferns. Phil has some Oregon Ferns at his home, and before I left, he and Denise gave me a tiny fern, which we wrapped in some damp moss, and placed into a plastic bag. That fern then travelled with me for a further week, and I unwrapped it most days, to allow it to breathe, etc. Well, almost a year on, and 'Phil the Fern', as I affectionally call 'it', has grown well. In the photo you can see Phil alongside a 'Fiddle Fern' which I brought home from our trip to New Hampshire last Fall.
The Ultimate PDX Tour Guide
I was at Portland's own 'Zine Symposium (Independant literature conference) and came across THE greatest tour booklet about Portland in existance. Created by Alex Wrekk and Shawn Granton, the Zinester's guide was made for people visiting the symposium, but I think anyone looking for great dive bars, cheap places to stay, best small places to eat, etc. would find this essential. It has a Park guide and a neighborhood guide. Where to go for punk rock bowling nights. There's a great illustrated guide to PDX's coolest bridges, directions to the "Pirate Ship" where there are occasionaly beach parties, and detailed explenations on how to get around town. (ie what the quadrants mean, bus lines, how to use the max, etc) There's even a detailed streep map that was hand drawn. Its about thirty pages long and fits in your back pocket. They only cost a dollar and a SASE. Send one with a request to the address below. Extremely cool.
Multnomah (and other) Falls
East of Portland off of I-84 you'll find a string of waterfalls along the Historic Columbia River Highway. The highest and most accessible of these is Multnomah Falls, although we passed at least two other falls which you could see just driving by from the road.
You can hike a very easy path up to the bridge (we did) or keep going to the top (we didn't). It's very developed - there is a restaurant, gift shop, exhibits, etc. along the road.
Another one just east of Multnomah was Horsetail Falls. You can swim and wade in the pool underneath the small waterfall here.