Today started off with a lot of rain, which we have been lucky enough to avoid during the trip, until now. We decided to visit the famous Multnomah Falls and Mount Hood. The drive to Multnomah Falls was beautiful with the Columbia River to our left and cliffs and small waterfalls to our right. All of a sudden, we reached Multnomah Falls. Right away we could see the picturesque bridges that crosses right in front of the falls. We climbed up and took in all its glory. Then we headed out towards Mount Hood. After climbing up the twisting and steep road, we reached Timberline Lodge. This ski resort was built during the Great Depression under the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was a grand, old building built with superb craftsmanship and the utmost attention to detail. After watching a video about the construction of the building, I realized what it really took to pull something like this off; Hard Work. There was even a bar that had a Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox stained glass window! Below is theirs and here is MINE. Once back in Portland, Derek and I went to a bike shop I have been wanting to visit for a couple years, Velo Cult. Let me tell you, this is the best bike shop I have ever been in. The layout was super open with tables to sit at and read all of the various books and magazines they have, a bar and cafe, open-air work benches and even a PHOTO BOOTH. To top it off, all of the employees were extremely helpful. Derek got his loose headset fixed for FREE, we got suggestions for the tour from an employee who just finished the same route and got directions from another. We just had to get some shirts! They even hosted a vintage mountain bike rode around town and showed a documentary about how mountain biking's origins, in the shop, which we stayed for part of. Great shop! After this, we went to dinner at Pok Pok. HO - LEE - CRAP! I have been excited to go here since I read on Yahoo News (my favorite news!) that it was ranked one of the best restaurants in the U.S. It is a local Thai and Vietnamese restaurant with crowded seating, a waiting list and a traditional/urban atmosphere. The food was out of this world. We shared their famous fried fish sauce and sugar chicken wings (best food on the earth I think) and the boars collar (sounded weird the the waitress suggested it, and I am glad she did!), with Thai iced tea and a Thai limeade. I WANT MORE!!! What made it even better was that the restaurant was in the middle of the coolest neighborhood we saw. Every house was an old bungalow and was more interesting than the previous. The gardens were fantastic too! One of my favorite things to do is walk around cool neighborhoods with Roxanne. I can't wait to come back and do it again with her! Side note: the hostess at Pok Pok was from St. Pete! Small world.
We woke up with errands to run. We needed to get some last minute supplies and food for our trip. Not much to say about that. We did, however, start the day with a shared half-gallon of local chocolate milk and the Oregon College of the Arts and Crafts (OCAC)! The milk was great, and the school was even better! It turns out, the school is on the same hill that Howard lives on. Crazy. It was in a beautiful location in the woods and had a bunch of neat architecture. We walked around and got to see some of the student's work that was displayed in various rooms and outside. I would love to do one of the RESIDENCIES here one day. After our errands were finished, we got sundaes at McDonald's and drove around some more cool parts of town. We even saw a Honda Element (dream car) from Florida with Satchel's and Dunedin Brewery bumper stickers! We got home and finished packing, or so we thought, for tomorrow.
p.s. Howard has an early Rudio Autio piece from the Archie Bray! So cool.