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Days 255-275: Portland, OR, USA

Wow, I stayed here 3 weeks...

storm 15 °C
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Portland was great! I couch surfed with a cool local guy for a few nights. I stayed with my old roomie, Erik, for a few days, and Lindsey for about a week. We had a Thanksgiving feast with a buncha ppl in the countryside. And then Katherine and I had another delicious Thanksgiving in the city! And I got to hang out with Korin, and Sam stayed for a long weekend. But man... Weather was maybe 15C when I arrived and about 4C when I left.

There is a small block that was turned into a Chinese garden. It's pretty nice.
Lan Su Chinese Garden: 8

I went to this hood that's basically an area with tiny bars and restaurants.
Northwest (Nob Hill): 8

Most of the interesting things are in this center part of town called the Pearl District. Lotsa galleries, restaurants, food carts, and bars. You could spend all day seeing them. They're mostly a variety of local works and artists. The Craft Museum is small but worth it. It was $4, and I saw a lot of winners from the past decade's furniture shows and vids on how they were made. But remember: every gallery is closed on Monday!
Pearl District: 8
Contemporary Craft Museum: 8

I went to an adult arcade. This place is the shit! It's a barcade, and every 2nd Thursday they have unlimited games for $5. Beat Turtles in Time. Played some Street Fighter. But I found this awesome new indie game called Killer Queen. It's a freaking 10-player game, and it's super intense. Oh, and the bus driver let me ride for free. I'm such a charmer. I actually came back here a couple times. Cheap beers, too.
Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade: 9.5

Checked out the library. It's not huge, but it had a pretty decent modern collection. For example, the annotated Sandman which is like $50 per book. Awesome.
Multnoma County Public Library: 8

We tried going to the hot springs, but it was closed. Landslides. Check road conditions online and bring chains. We had to help push a car out of the snow. So we decided to go up Mount Hood. Mount Hood is pretty big (3.5km), but it looks impressive as the backdrop of the city. Kinda like Mount Rainier in Seattle. We hiked a little bear the lake, but the snow was a little more than we were prepared for, so we had to turn back after a while. But we went almost all the way to the peak where we find this cool lodge. It was about -10C and super windy. It was crazy. We saw the sunset, too. And we went to Mount Hood Brewery (on the way up and the way down). Anyway, I'd love to climb Hood one day.
Mount Hood: 9.5
Trillium Lake: 8.5
Timberline Lodge: 8.5

Well, I went to a park not far from downtown, and it's huge. There are different things to do here like the Japanese Garden, Hoyt Arboretum, and Pittock Mansion, but this weather really made me not excited about being outdoors. I'm sure it's pretty amazing in summer.
Washington Park: 8.5
Holocaust Memorial: 8
Rose Test Garden: 8.5

Oh, I went to this mineral museum. This place is a good half hour from town, but it's a pretty cool collection. They have a lot of thundereggs which usually have opals and stuff inside. Lotsa Jasper quartz and a ton of petrified wood. They gave me a discount on some rocks, and they helped me find some things like tiger eye, schist, and petrified wood. Only open from 1-5pm and costs 8 bucks.
Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals: 9.5

The main Portland gallery doesn't have much, but you could at least spend a few hours walking around looking at things. Though I'd go on Friday after 5pm, it's only five bucks. Eugene Delacroix, Anthony van Dyck, Joshua Reynolds, Henry Raeburn, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Gilbert Stuart, John Singer Sargent, Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Paul Cezanne, a masseuse sculpture I've never seen before by Edgar Degas and some paintings, stupid Renoir, Camille Pissarro, some of Monet's water lilies, Paul Gauguin, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh...
Portland Art Museum: 8

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