October 25-27th we took a trip up to Portland, Oregon. The goal for me was to photograph the Japanese Maple Tree in the Portland Japanese Garden. The forecast was rain all weekend. Luckily, the weather was off and on rain, with it heavy at times.
The family came along to check out the sites. Jon, Abi, and Todd came down from the Seattle area. Unfortunately, Jon and Abi had to drive back after lunch on Sunday, but Todd hung out with us for the rest of the day. He even booked one more night in the hotel.
It was a good flight up and back. We gate checked our bags, and we were allowed on earlier than expected. The plane to Portland had electrical outlets, but the plane on the way to SF was a slightly older one and it did not have an electrical outlet. Each seat had its own USB AND regular electrical plug outlets for the laptop cable. Alaska Air does get your bags to you very quickly. They have a 20 minute policy or you get a discount or some other benefit.
The Fairfield Marriott Hotel was very good. The breakfast as good as well where one can make their own waffles. I prefer waffles over pancakes. Parking was also free. In the local area, there were 2 other Marriott brand hotels: Courtyard and Residence Inn. We upgraded to a “suite” room, but the room was a little bigger with a seating area slightly separate from the sleeping area. I would stay at this location again, but it was a little difficult to get to. You had to drive down a narrow road with cars parked on either side as well as more dense condo/apartment building like density. The location was a bit north near the Washington boarder, but it was still easy to get to places we needed to go to.
For the next trip up to Portland, I want to wade through the Columbia Gorge and head to Oneonta Gorge as well as the Punchbowl Falls for the next trip up there.
Until next time, Portland!