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Day 16: The Quiet Side of Portland and Onwards to Seattle

Portland, OR to Seattle, WA to Redmond, WA

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This morning I had a pang of regret as we checked out of the beautiful Hotel de Luxe, I’d definitely be happy staying there another few nights (or the rest of my life). We decided since we saw the city of Portland yesterday, we’d check out some of the equally unusual nature spots 30 minutes outside the city, like a Catholic prayer garden called “The Grotto,” or the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. The place was absolutely beautiful and completely silent as people would come here to pray and confess. As we strolled through the bountiful garden we saw visitors holding rosaries, heads bent in prayer in front of stone statues of Mother Mary. No one spoke louder than a whisper, if they spoke at all. Even though neither of us were Catholic, the powerful holy presence was tangible.

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We changed moods entirely after leaving the park, and headed to Alberta Street in downtown Portland to check out the city’s art scene, a bit more my style. We wandered through local artist/photographer galleries and poetry shops where I was awestruck again and again by the local talent in this city. We followed up with some trendy Indian cuisine. Everything in Portland was vegetarian or could be, and as a long-time herbivore I was ecstatic having this many options. I felt spoiled eating out at real restaurants after my first half of my trip consisted of jet boil ramen, but I could tell my body was grateful to get some real food again.

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It was about 7pm when we departed from my Weird Wonderland and made a beeline for Seattle, WA. We got there with enough time to stop at a tiny bar right downtown with board games and cards on every table for guests to play while they drank.

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After that quick stop and a short walk around the downtown area of the city, we headed a few miles north to Redmond, WA. There we’d be staying with a few of Christian’s friends who were generous enough to give us a place to stay as long as we were in town. When we arrived, the incredible and fascinating Terina, Jovi, and her boyfriend Chris made sure to let us know all the best places to check out in the city and even lent us their bus passes before handing over their living room to us so we could get some rest.

Posted by aswoger 23:45 Archived in USA

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