Portland Weekend – Day 2
Day two in Portland began with another great breakfast, this time at Tasty N Sons.
We weren’t overly hungry, considering we had some big meals yesterday.
We did have room for some boozy drinks, in this case River City Blues with rye, blueberry, thyme, lemon and absinthe. I think I have a thing for absinthe since Prague.
For food, we shared the fried chicken biscuit sandwich, which was good, but not as good as Tin Shed’s biscuits.
As well as the steak and eggs, which was just as goo as I remembered it being on that jalepeño cornbread pancake that is divine.
After our meal we drove on up to Washington along the Columbia River gorge because the Oregon side was still closed due to the fire from earlier in the month. It definitely isn’t as scenic as the Oregon drive, but this lookout was particularly nice.
We got to Beacon Rock fairly quickly, and it turns out it was a free park day, so yay savings!
The trail starts off normal enough…But soon enough you see the giant rock. Phill didn’t believe me when I told him we were going up that.
So many switchbacks. 53 in total.
We didn’t have to get far up the rock to start getting some incredible views.
At this point, Phill started to believe me that we were going up to the top.
Looking down on the switchbacks we’d be taking again on our way down.
Phill wasn’t thrilled to be going up another rock.
Trees were a sign that we were getting closer to the top.
And the view made it all worth while.
The sign begins with a “congratulations” which I thought was quite thoughtful.
And then Phill was done with the views.
And so we followed this people back on down.
The trail down was harder than going up, mostly because I wanted to stop and admire it all.
But the trek down was much, much faster than going up.
And just as it started to rain a bit, we were back at the start, cleaning our shoes off. The drive back to Portland took much longer, as traffic was worse, but once we got back we had much needed showers and rest, plus Phill had a little work to do.
And after that we headed back across the Burnside bridge for the Portland Underground Tour.
It was fascinating tour that took us to the basements of buildings where there were a series of tunnels that connected the downtown city blocks. In the mid-19th Century the underground was filled with criminals, opium dens and people who were kidnapped about to be sent across the world for slave labor.
They also touched upon the ghostly events that have been happening down where they’re excavating, as well as when they’ve given tours. We had a big group, so unsurprisingly nothing really out of the ordinary happened.
Because Starbucks prevented us from going farther in the tunnels than the tours typically go, we were taken to their mini museum to hear from the founder and historian whose work is devoted to the history of the Portland Undergound.
All in all it really was fascinating and interesting to learn about all that used to go on (and apparently still does, Portland is #1 for sex trafficking in North America.)
So we went back to our AirBNB for more rest before heading out for dinner over in the Buckman area.
Phill was craving Italian food so we wound up going to Nostrana for dinner.
Drinks to begin the meal. I had the Bolan’s Zip Gun, which had rum, more rum and some citrus too it.
The antipasti di mare plate was great, the octopus was perfect, the chickpea salad was refreshing and fried oysters were warm and comforting. Definitely get.
Many of the reviews of this place commended them on their pizzas, so we, of course, had to have one. We got the Granchio, which had dungness crab, green garlic, chives, scallions, crème fraîche and arugula. It was really good, and I don’t know why I haven’t had more pizzas with crab on them.
Their pasta was on point too, and not something you don’t want to not order.
As well as the tagliata. (Yes, we began and concluded the day with steak.)
And we had to have dessert, so we got the amaretto cheesecake, which was pretty good. I really liked the fresh whipped cream on top.
Afterward we walked down to The Roadside Attraction bar for a quick drink and then retired for the evening after all of our walking and eating.