A typical Portland sight-seeing location is Pittock Mansion, but despite living here for 18 years (and hosting numerous visitors), I had never been there!
Since I am a big fan of "intentional living," I purposefully planned a date in August to make a fun field trip for all of us.
Pittock Mansion is on a large parcel of view property above Portland. It was built by Oregonian (newspaper) owner Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana. I thought it was interesting how they each individually came across the country by wagon trains, and how Henry started as a lowling at the Oregonian and worked up to be owner in only a short time. He later was a successful businessman in the booming late 1800's.
Sedric stayed with grammae and papa after Sunday Mass, since this field trip was not exactly geared to an active 4-year-old boy. ;o)
After our visit to the Mansion, I did another Portland first...I ate at a real food cart! I seriously cannot believe I have never done this, since not only is Portland famous for food carts, but I am famous for eating. ;o) We choose a pod on Alder, and while Marcus was getting the kids their food at a Grilled Cheese cart, I chose "Steak your Claim" for their outrageous fries and house-cured pastrami. Bunny chose a neighboring Mac & Cheese cart.
|(if you look real closely, you can see all the|
homeless people in the background...another
famous Portland experience) ;oP
As if all THIS wasn't fun enough, we ended our trip with a visit to Finnegan's toy store: