1. The St. John's BridgeI think there's 10 or 11 bridges in Portland, but this is the most beautiful.
|Photo - H Dragon (thks!)|
2. Crown Point
|I asked Anne-Marie to marry me here!|
3. The viewpoint in OC off BrightonNot as cool as Crown Point, but still a neat place for OC.
4. Willamette FallsThe most amazing natural wonder in the Portland Metro area, too bad it's surrounded by gigantic paper mills.
5. The White Stag signWhy do they keep changing this thing? White Stag, Made In Oregon, now Portland Oregon
|Photo by Steve Morgan|
Also known as "Luis Palau Kills Our Grass Every Summer" Park
6. Tom McCall Waterfront Park
6. Tom McCall Waterfront Park
7. Portland Children's MuseumWent to the Seattle Children's Museum. Nah! Gimme back the PCM.
8. Historic HighwayIf you haven't been on this to see the waterfalls, make plans NOW!
9. Pioneer Courthouse SquareIt's Portland's living room and they have a lot of crazy friends.
10. Highway 43I always loved driving under the trees on this state highway through West Linn and Lake Oswego.
11. Nicholas's Restaurant (Eastside)
Most affordable local restaurant and best Lebanese food in town (sorry Ya Hala)
12. Trufflehunter (Gresham)
13. Super Torta (OC)
This place is a dive. And--as you would expect--it's very good
|Thanks Tom A. at Yelp for the pic|
14. Francis (Alberta) and Downtown Greek Cusina (uhhhh...Downtown?)
A newcomer and a Portland landmark both disappeared off the scene before we could even move.
15. Amadeus (Milwaukie)
This oooold house in Milwaukie is almost creepy, but the Austrian restaurant and atmosphere it creates is downright magical.
16. La Carreta (Ross Island Bridge)
'Nother Mexican place. Get the fajitas for two.
17. His Bakery (OC)
Ohhhh the scones! And ham and cheese croissants! I mean Puyallup's Pioneer Bakery is good, but...
18. Five Guys Burgers & Fries (everywhere but here)
OK. This is a national chain, but the closest one is 30 minutes away from Puyallup. No fair.
19. Camp 18 (Highway 26, near the coast)
20. Enjoni Cafe (NE)
Best East African restaurant in Portland. Order anything.
21. Clackamas Community CollegeGot my degree here. (Associates of Science, Drafting Technology [Architectural Option], in case you were wondering. Too bad the drafting program folded in 2009.)
22. Al's Garden Center...has the greatest floral hanging baskets.
23. The DigMost of my wardrobe is from here. It's kind of a re-sale shop, but everything's 5 bucks.
24. Clackamas Town CenterWe went on our first date here. I'll miss driving by all those places we went.
25. Portland Community CollegeA-M's AM.
26. Dove AdoptionsAfter eliminating 99 other adoption agencies, we chose this one in Banks, Oregon and are glad we did.
27. Portland Trail BlazersJust thinking about the local team makes my knees hurt.
I actually worked here for 6 months. Best grocery store in Canby and perhaps the world!
28. Cutsforth Thriftway
28. Cutsforth Thriftway
29. University of Oregon DucksIt took us moving out of state for them to get to the National Championship.
30. Oregon State University BeaversThe Cougs crimson and gray will never compare to the orange and black of OSU.
31. Aurora...for the antique shops
32. Tualatin...for the memories
34. Oregon City...for young life
35. Canby...for the fields
36. Downtown Gresham...for being one of a kind
37. Silverton...for being from another era
38. NE Portland/NoPo...for her people
39. The Pearl...for the shops
40. Clackamas...for a hundred romantic evenings
41. West Linn/Lake Oswego...for never letting me live in your borders (else we'd have never left Oregon)
42. Montavilla...for being funky
44. Ladd's Addition and
45. Laurelhurst...for the architecture
46. Downtown...for being an urban area where I never thought I was going to get shot
47. 23rd...for being there before The Pearl
48. Washington Park/West Hills...for the trees
49. Bend/Sunriver...for all the high desert vacations (we'll try to resist the call of Suncadia and come back to you)
50. Sellwood...for being the smallest part of Portland
51. 1190 KEX
52. KXL 7501190 and 750 are the standby news stations that everyone listens to on the way to work.
53. Bob Miller in the MorningHe's been on the radio in Portland since I was an infant.
54. Now-defunct local celebrities that form something of a mini pop cultureScott Thomason, Tom Peterson and this guy:
55. The Portland Tribune
"What about The Oregonian?" you ask. Yeah, What about it?
56. John CanzanoA local sports columnist that constantly makes news for his no-nonsense style.
57. Stumptown CoffeeDon't really sell this just any place. And not here in WA.
58. Mr. Statue
OK. So there's this guy that stands outside Pioneer Place and he's painted silver. It's cool. Really.
59. Bill SchonelyThe former Blazers play-by-play guy is still a big name in PDX, but not here (and I just missed the Dave Niehaus era in Seattle).
|OregonLive file photo|
Maybe this should have been put in the "Oregonizations" section. Of course, the Pacific Science Center is very cool, but no dome-screen IMAX. Bummer.
61. Flying out of PDXSeaTac just won't be the same
62. Watching the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas Tree LightingWithout getting blown up.
63. Driving to Canby whenever we wanted to see PhilI guess this would have changed anyhow.
64. Going to the Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo with Ben and JenAnd all those years we were too cheap to get reserved seating...
65. Driving over Santiam Pass to get to Central Oregon
66. Having someone else pump my gas!
67. Getting pumpkins and apple cider donuts each fall at Fir Point Farms in Canby
68. Living four blocks away from Mike and Kara
69. Scoping out the craziness that is Sleighbells of Sherwood
Near & Dear
72. Apostolic Worship CenterI never attended this church (down the road from us in Gresham), but I made so many friends in their congregation. It's obvious that kindness and character run rampant at Ted Graves church.
75. The house on BoyntonI lived here for 15 years. I brought my new wife home to this house. My kids, too. Never really cared for the floor plan, but sentiment overrides all that.
|Driving away for the last time|
76. All the folksYou know who you are. Friends and family were by far the hardest thing to leave.
I guess that about does it. There are probably a bunch of things we forgot. Oregon will always be in our heart. Here's to 2011 and an amazing year in Washington!