There's nothing like living in a place for a while to really experience it. We've been here 2 months and by now we're expert transit riders, happy hour chasers, and parallel parkers. We decided that we should make a map to keep track of all the cool finds we've made while living here.
We woke up Friday morning thinking about going camping to escape the heat in the city this weekend. We spontaneously decided to make it backpacking trip. This place is only an hour and a half from Portland, 2 with traffic. We hiked in about 2 miles and found a perfect campsite with a big fire pit and private creek access. Day 2, we hiked for quite a few hours and did somewhere between 8-9 miles. We swam at the base of a waterfall, realized we'd hiked on a totally different trail than we meant, missing all the signs, and cooked dinner over the campfire. On Sunday, we swam in a private swimming hole as we hiked back to the car. We stopped by Tony's company picnic on the way home.
This is a Portland Metro Park with a $5 parking fee. I went here in search of a place to swim open water. The swimming area is more for kids. It's small and shallow. They also have a little water park with squirt guns and other water features for kids to play with.
Neither one of us are city people. We enjoy visiting and the convenience of being able to schedule appointments within 1-2 days, walk to grocery stores and restaurants. Other than that, when it comes to our free time, we feel it is best spent outside, camping preferably.