Posted @ 10:19 PDT
Last night in Portland, Oregon was not a very welcoming entry but it was redeemed later by kindness from a valet guy. Being in Portland as an adult, I realize that my “amazing childhood memories” of this place were shaped entirely by my mother. She did a great job making sure my sister and I had love, she empowered us and she made sure we never felt like we were missing anything — despite not having much. Being here now, I’m not really enjoying the energy from the people here. Granted it’s been 24 hours but I’ve come into contact with a good amount of people since last night. We’ll see how today goes. In the meantime, I’ll be launching WhereIsVaughn.com soon! You will be able to visit that link anytime during this trip and see where I’m at!
Posted @ 11:50 PDT
Getting ready to leave Starbucks and meet my good friend Saul Colt (who happens to be here too) for lunch! If you are not familiar with this guy, please do so. Hilarious and a genius.
Posted @ 13:55 PDT
Currently eating mango sticky rice.
Posted @ 15:51 PDT
Always good to see Saul and the gang from Freshbooks!
While I was eating I saw this young woman walk past with some amazing looking hair…so naturally you know I pulled out the camera.
Recorded this amazing saxophonist in downtown Portland. Take a listen.
Posted @ 23:49 PDT
This afternoon was amazing. I went to NE Portland to see the old house I used to live in near Woodlawn Elementary School.
So many memories there. Grade school girlfriend, our house getting robbed, making forts in the back with my neighbors, and Summer activities under “the bridge”. Too many to list. It was good to go back there. A rush of emotions came over me as I drove down the street.
After lunch, I hopped back on my bike and rode around downtown for a little while. The weather was gorgeous and the sunlight peaked through the tree-lined streets of Portland.
After I checked out of my hotel, I made my way up to Columbia River Gorge to camp. However, they were full and I should have planned better. So instead, I did the short hike to the beginning of the gorge and it even that was amazing. In one of the photos I took,
you can kind of make a few people about the size of ants. That should give you an idea of how big it was!
I was too tired to drive the last two hours to Seattle so I stopped at an Econolodge in Chehalis, Washington for the night.
I cannot believe it has already been a week. Goodnight and thank you for coming along on this journey with me.