Day 21.

My first evening in Portland was quiet nice. I spent easily half an hour desperately trying to photograph the most excited cat I’ve ever come across. Would not stop moving.

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Dinner at Lincoln was amazing. Burrata and hazelnut bucatini and I’m definitely spoiled by my friends. Fell asleep as soon as I crawled into bed, cuddling with the cat all night. Want to kidnap so badly.

I got up the next morning, drove downtown and made the requisite visit to Voodoo Doughnut. Someday, I’ll get something besides the bubblegum and grape doughnuts, but not this time.

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Gonna lease Portland.

I grabbed some coffee and walked around a little.

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I started making my way further west across town, and decided on a detour to Powell’s. Photography book heaven.

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I wandered over to the rose garden. I’m not sure if I’d been here before on any of my previous Portland trips, but it’s beautiful. I have a thing for rose gardens.

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And bees.

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And then I crashed a wedding that happened to be going on in one of the gardens.

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A friend suggested Salt and Straw for ice cream, and I’m not one to turn down an ice cream recommendation. And they even had French macarons, so I feel like it must’ve been fate. Basil blackberry.

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The days are adding up, and I needed a nap with the cat before I could get myself up to go out. The ice cream-suggesting friend had also suggested a soul dance night at the GoodFoot, and it was exactly what I needed. I haven’t been dancing in forever, and it felt nice to sweat and move my muscles without carrying camera gear or paying attention to everything around me. Felt like getting lost.

Today: Driving to Boise. Thinking a lot.

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Morale: Average

Food Rations: Everything in Portland tastes good

Soundtrack: Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” on repeat

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