John was here in Portland for 10 days. He arrived on Thursday the 14th and left on Sunday the 24th. He told me he wanted to come here for his 30th birthday (the 21st) about 5 or 6 months ago and we’ve both been looking forward to it since. We had a blast! I wanted to write as much down as I could recall to help remember the trip.
Thursday – John’s flight was scheduled to arrive late Thursday night, shortly before midnight. I saw online that it would be arriving a little late. At some point, I stopped my car while I waited. Some security lady told me that I couldn’t stay there and I had to circle around. When I tried to start my car, it wouldn’t start. I waited for John to arrive and then went to get help. The airport sent someone to jump my car and we were on our way. It was a great way to start John’s trip.
Friday – John went out and explored the city while I was at work. My company had a party celebrating the opening of our new office here in Portland. After John and I went to get my battery replaced, we chilled at my apartment that night.
Saturday – We got up and drove to Vancouver, British Columbia. It was my first time leaving the country and John’s first time in Canada. The hotel was pretty cool. We went out to some clubs that night.
Sunday- We went to Granville Island and had lunch with my married friends Michaela and Dave. After that John and I drove to Cleveland Damn and went on a short hike before it started to get too dark. We decided to go ziplining the next day in Whistler. We were exhausted after that, so we went to bed early.
Monday – We drove up to the mountains to Whistler. I believe they had some winter Olympic events there in 2010. The zipline tour on Cougar Mountain was so much fun. We got quite a bit of snow. We spent the night at Michaela and Dave’s in Richmond. We had a steak dinner and some great beer.
Tuesday – We made our way back to Portland. We stopped in Steveston Village, which is where they film Once Upon a Time. It was cool seeing some of places where they film the show. When we got back to my apartment we watched the latest 2 episodes.
Wednesday – I went to work and John did some more exploring. Later John went to dinner with Breck and Mickey, two people that we knew back in Mississippi but have recently moved to Portland, unbeknownst to me. After that John and I went shopping at Powell’s and Buffalo Exchange before heading home.
Thursday – This was John’s 30th birthday. I got him a cake and an hour-long massage. That night we went out to dinner at a pub and we went out to a club.
Friday – We had lunch at Little Big Burger. They have delicious fries. We drove to Tillamook near the coast for a wine and cheese tasting. I discovered some great wines we both brought back something with us. I don’t remember what we did that night.
Saturday – We went to the first ever Portland Comic Con. We had 3-day passes, but I think we did everything we needed to in that one day. We got to get Morena Baccarin’s autograph and see a bunch of stars. That night we went to see Skyfall ant Baghdad Theater with Breck and Mikey.
Sunday – That morning it was time for John to go back to Mississippi. I always hate parting from friends after having a good time. After he left, I cleaned a little, took a long nap, did some grocery shopping, and watched the Oscars.
I was glad that John got to visit. I was worn out after being on the go for 10 days straight, but it was worth it. I hope he’ll be here again soon. I think he liked Portland and the Northwest enough that he wouldn’t mind living here.