Last weekend (September 5th), Kenneth and I decided to get away from the city for the day. We rented a ZipCar and explored the Lewis & Clark State Recreation Site and Salish Ponds. It’s amazing how nature is so very close to us. It only took 10-15 minutes to get from our place in the Central Eastside to our first destination: the Sandy River!
Located at the western gateway of the Columbia River Gorge, Lewis & Clark State Park is situated near the mouth of the Sandy River where it spills into the mighty Columbia River. There are hiking trails and picnic tables. We saw a few people come here with their bicycles and rock climbing gears as well.
Crossed the Sandy River Bridge for more views of the river + a quick lunch at the Sugarpine Drive-In (sandwiches, chips, soft serve goodness!).
Lots of wild berries and river views. Kenneth even got to sit down and sketch twice. We headed back to the car and drove through Downtown Troutdale (the gateway to the Gorge). Wish we could have walked through the cute little town. Made a note to explore the next time around! Next stop is Salish Ponds Park in SE Portland. I had high hopes for this one but it both underwhelmed us. Maybe a better park to visit around fall/winter. It felt a bit like a park in the LA suburbs with the dryness and lack of shade. Regardless, here are photos!
Where are you, Shrek?
Last stop of the day: Fubbon Supermarket! This is an Asian supermarket that was recommended by Kenneth’s coworker. We stocked up on Filipino ingredients like lumpia (egg roll) wrappers, tamarind soup mix, kare-kare mix, Pancit Canton, a big ol’ 20lb sack of jasmine rice, etc! Last Asian grocery haul for a bit, I think.
As I write this, wildfires continue to ravage Oregon, California, and Washington. We actually had to cancel a car rental this weekend because of the hazardous air quality. The state has closed most parks and local Portland businesses are closed up. Hoping and wishing for the safety and courage of all firefighters and first responders and everyone affected during this time.