So my vacation wasn’t as wonderful as Phil’s trip to the Camino de Santiago, but when you have a 4 year old and a 2 year old, you have to settle for the next best thing. Which of course, is Vancouver, Washington!! Okay so maybe it’s not the NEXT best thing. But, my good buddy Patrick lives there, and he had never met my daughters so it was a perfect time to go up and see him. I’ve known him since we were 15 or so. But other than his wedding 3 years ago, I hadn’t seen him in 10 years. I tried to find the oldest picture of us I could, but this is the best I could do. This is from our senior year in HS choir trip. Yup! I wrote that.
It is a 10 hour drive and we started with the family leaving at 4am!! We thought that if we left that early that the girls would go back to sleep. No dice. So that was fun. On the way, we stopped in Sutherlin, Oregon. My friend Heather is from there and I had to check out this hillbilly backwoods town. It did not disappoint:
Okay so a tangent about that stupid f**ked up state known as Oregon. First of all, why the hell can’t I pump my own gas in your state? I do like that it’s another job that is available for someone. That’s awesome. But it was really awkward. I had to get out to stretch my back while someone else was standing basically right next to me pumping my gas. Really wierd. And hey, can we please drive faster than 50 miles per hour? This isn’t the 1940’s. It’s safe to drive faster. The stupid ass speed limit was seriously 50 miles per hour ON THE FREEWAY through many parts of the state!! And I get that there are a lot of trucks that drive on I5, but all you drivers who want to pass 10 of them at a time… get the hell out of the way!! Some of us have places to be!! We can’t all sit around on the freeway waiting for you to move over! What a bunch of dicks in Oregon.
Back off my tangent. First day we went to OMSI. This place was really cool. You can do all kinds of cool stuff. They had a dinosaur exhibit that my daughter didn’t love. I thought she would as her favorite show is Dinosaur Train. They were a little scarier. But there was this ball room where Patrick found a way to constantly hit me in the face though the tubes running through the room. The little kids all found it hilarious. Later, in the physics room I got electrocuted! Whatever, not the first, or fifth time I’ve been electrocuted. Afterwards we went to this city block of food trucks After taking the long walk around to find out what I wanted, I settled on the double brat! It was delicious!!
Tangent #2. Here is the shirt I wore that day. I’m super cool. Whatever, I like T-Shirts!! Leave me alone about it.
For dinner we went to this place called Brickhouse Pros: They have this stage for live music at night. We weren’t there for that, as we had the girls. Before the live music they allow kids to run around on the stage and play. Super cool. The burger I ate had mozzarella sticks on it. Oh my god, I don’t really want to ever eat a burger again without mozzarella sticks on it. Totally the way to go. Cons: the stage was totally a necessity as it took over an hour to get our food. We usually order our daughters dinner with our appetizers to get her going. Well, her dinner, our apps and our main course all came together. After an hour of waiting. No discount, no free beers, nothing. I had their pilsner, and it was pretty good, but after all the waiting, we just rushed through everything to get the hell out of there. So if you’re ever in Vancouver, go for the food, stay because you have no choice.
The next day we went to a couple of different falls. The first was Latourell Falls. It was raining, and there wasn’t much to see. But it was really nice and the girls loved it. It was a super short walk and had it not been super cold, I may have walked out to get under the waterfall. People were doing that and it looked really fun. I would have liked to take that picture but I didn’t have a change of clothes and I didn’t want to be wet the rest of the day. Although I ended up a little wet from the rain, so I should have just done it. Where was this logic while I was standing there?
The second set of falls was at Multnomah Falls. Way way cool. Here was the problem though. There was only one way in and one way out. And apparently it’s a very popular tourist spot and there are like 20 parking spots. So Patrick tells me to just stop in the middle of the road and wait for someone to come out and leave. Well after about 2 minutes of that, a park ranger comes walking up and tells me to move! So I didn’t really want to move because I wanted to stay! So I turned into the parking lot off the main road and just stopped there! Luckily we only waited there like 10 min before someone left. It was totally worth it. Even if pushing the stroller up the hill almost gave me a hernia.
Final day, we played a little golf at Rose City Golf Course. Patrick made me walk. I hadn’t walked a golf course in 5-6 years. I’m incredibly out of shape. I blame that on my score. The score that is none of your business. After golf, we went to Fire on the Mountain for wings and beer with Pat and his brother Sean. Really cool place. I love places like this. Our waitress was on her last shift before she moved to California to start a new life for herself. So good luck to her! I had the Lefty Lager. As a lefty myself, it was only fitting. Pretty good brew! The Bourbon Chipotle sauce that they have is amazing. By far the best that we had. Cannot recommend it enough.
After having dinner with some family of mine that I hadn’t seen in 20 years, we drove home the next day. Another 10 hour drive. We left after breakfast though. We did not make the same mistake we did a few days earlier. On the way, we got to see Mount Shasta which is always a nice picture. Then finally FINALLY back into Sacramento!! It was a great trip. Final thoughts, if you ever drive I5 through Oregon, do it at a time when there are no cars. Screw those people. And enjoy all the craft beer you can. There is a ton of it in the Portland area, and it’s all really REALLY good.