Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved the wilderness. Being surrounded by so many natural beauties living in the far west reaches of Canada, it`s not a surprise that I fell in love with the beauty of Portland, Oregon. In terms of landscape, there are many similarities between my hometown and Portland, except one major perk on the south side… Not as much rain! We do have more beaches in Vancouver, but what’s the use if it’s pouring out?
I’ve visited Portland 3 times, twice on tour for just a couple days and the most recent time, in January of 2011 with my boyfriend at the time. The previous time that I had visited the city, I had made a fabulous friend named Aje and with her enrollment in the “Metal Bowling” league, me and my boyfriend headed south to listen to some loud and rocking music while throwing giant balls down a lane. I assure you, we had a blast!
A couple, friends from back home, (Beckiy and Barry) joined forces with us and we hit the town in search of vintage. Double B are thrift store junkies to that maximum extent! We visited areas around the city with many thrift stores, random one-off shops and even a thrift store located on the corner of N. Williams Ave. and N. Failing St., inside a large, decommissioned double-decker bus from the UK! (http://www.lodekka.com/) Beckiy and Barry seemed to quickly forge a friendship with the owner, Erin Sutherland, and we were chatting away about vintage for a good hour or two. Throughout their journey to Portland, Beckiy and Barry had visited quite a few thrift shops in Washington state and the 3 of them even exchanged a few clothes. After all the fun, I took a photograph of Beckiy in front of her new favourite place in Portland!
You can find Beckiy and all things vintage at http://www.trunkofdresses.com
One of my favourite trips around the city that the four of us made, though, would have to be our visit to Pittock Mansion. It’s a gorgeous look-out point with coin-operated binoculars, butthviewthat I was interested in was created by the morning fog. The endless trees, rolling down the side of the hill created an ambiance that seems very serene to me. Here’s to nature, may you enjoy it no matter the city you’re in!
My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!
What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:
– Aboard Transportation
– Bodies of Water
VOTE NOW! Whichever has the most votes by 11:59pm, Monday, April 30th wins and for the first 7 days of May, my photographs will be a photo-essay in that theme. (If there is a tie, whichever had the most votes first will be chosen.)