Unfortunately, their flight into PDX arrived at 10am, meaning we had to battle Portland rush hour traffic to get to the airport. We live about 38 miles as the crow flies from the airport and the drive took just over two hours. What a non-drive!
What do you do with first timers to Portland, especially young ladies who eat like they're starving all the time?
Naturally, they wanted to go to Voodoo Doughnuts, so we drove back into downtown to the Voodoo Doughnuts just off 3rd and Burnside. At 11am, there wasn't much of a line. I'm not a doughnut fan at all, but the girls have always been and both of them got some concoction covered in Oreos, sugar on sugar. I didn't hear any complaints and the doughnuts disappeared pronto. My take is that Voodoo is more hype than substance, but they seemed happy.
|Lillie Does Voodoo Doughnuts|
|Stretching the Dough for Noodles|
|Pork and Shrimp Dumplings|
We made the trip back from Portland via 26 and 217 through the heart of Nike country to 99W and back to McMinnville, where we spent the afternoon on the porch. After I woke from a nap (I had been feeling poorly all day), the girls were way into our stash of Pinot Gris. There was much mirth and laughter on the porch as I rejoined them. Silly girls!
Dinner was a pot of pinto beans that I had put in the crock pot before we left for the airport in the morning and bed time was early, especially with the girls being on east coast time.
Wednesday, given the less pretty weather forecast than Thursday, we opted for going to the coast and doing the Three Capes Scenic Loop, from Cape Meares in the north near Tillamook, passing Cape Lookout in the middle, to Cape Kiwanda in the south just at Pacific City.
We started the day with eggs at the house and then dropped in to the winery so that the girls could see the bottling line in action, it being day three of a marathon 4-day bottling stretch. For our road trip, we all got coffee at The Common Cup in Amity, before heading back over to highway 18 to the coast. The drive afforded the girls the chance to see what an agricultural area the Willamette Valley is: blueberry fields, hayfields, walnut orchards, filbert orchards, chestnut groves, and mile after mile of grass seed fields, this being the grass seed capital of the country.
|The Three Co-Conspirators|
|Cape Meares Looking South|
|Posing in Front of Oceanside|
|The Very Calm Surf at Oceanside|
|Sitka Spruce Forest Meets the Pacific|
|Cliffs at Cape Meares|
|Looking Down to the Lighthouse|
|Distinctive Red and White Fresnel Lens|
|Gaultheria shallon in Full Bloom|
|Hairy Manzanita, Arctostaphylos columbiana|
|Cow Parsnip, Heracleum maximum|
|Coastal Manroot, Marah oreganus|
|Roses Blooming in Profusion|
|Cape Lookout Behind Us|
|Three Arches Rocks and Cape Meares|
in the Distance
|IPA? Why yes please!|
|Annie's Burger, Onion Rings, and Stout|
|Post Lunch Behind Pelican Brewing|
|Haystack Rock in Pacific City|
|Exploring at Low Tide|
|Annie Like a Kid Again|
|Cape Kiwanda Skyline|
|The Girls Had to Climb the Massive Dune|
|Coming Back Down the Steep Dune Face|
Thursday was the girls' final day with us before heading back to Virginia. We wanted to show them a bit of McMinnville and hopefully take them up into the Dundee Hills where they could see Mount Hood. They had great views of it when they flew in on Tuesday and while we were in Portland, we were also able to show them Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams.
Our day started leisurely with breakfast at Community Plate, a local lunch and breakfast icon in downtown McMinnville. After breakfast, we wandered around downtown McMinnville and ultimately arrived at the Farmers Market, where we scored a few things, some strawberries and some sugar snaps.
|Latte at Community Plate|
|Chardonnay at Red Ridge Farm|
|Saffron and Sugar Snap Risotto|
Friday was a slow morning as the girls got ready to go to the airport. We didn't need to leave until 10:30, so we missed the bulk of traffic and made it to PDX in good time. After our sad goodbyes, we were in need of solace, so we chose to visit Ecliptic Brewing in north Portland right near Lompoc. We chose it because they make Capella Porter, also one of Ann's favorites.
|Beet and Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese|
So ends the saga of the girls making a joint trip to the west coast to see us. It may be a very long time until that happens again, now that med school is upon us.