Thursday, March 10, 2011

Oregon Trip

So here's the skinny. A couple of months ago the wife and I decided we should go down to visit my dad who lives just outside of Portland. We do this a couple of times a year and we always have a good time. Portland is an awesome town with tons stuff to keep you busy especially for people like the wife and I who love to drink and eat and have a good time. I had a few days of extra vaca stored up so we decided to make it a 4 day weekend.

Dad and Joni

Me being me, I decided I should do something really special for the wife it being the weekend after valentines day and all. So I hopped on the internets and found out that the hotel we stayed at when we got married in Canon Beach was doing a 2fer (that's 2 for 1) on their rates if you stay between Sunday and Thursday. So I booked 2 nights in that hotel but I didn't tell Kishelle I really wanted it to be a surprise. I was going to tell her while we were in Portland sometime. She was basically under the impression that we were going to be in Portland for 4 days and that was that. The plan was working.


It was the week before we were planning on heading down and we found out there is a brewery tour that Saturday in Portland. It was called Zwicklemania and it was going to feature like 30 breweries and there was going to have shuttles and all kinds of cool stuff. Not to mention that a couple of our friends were going to be there as well. This is perfect because my Dad had to work all day and we really didn't have anything to do anyways.


Let me tell you it was AWESOME! Everyone was handing out free beer and tours. I got to go to some of my favorites like Rock Bottom, Deschutes, Rogue, Bridgeport, McMinimins and any others I am forgetting. The beer was good, the company was good, it really was a fun time. I have never had unfiltered beer before. I mean they were literally pouring beer from one of the fermenting tanks. It was so sweet. We were seriously tanked by 5 pm.


We were standing outside waiting for my Dad after parting ways with our friends and right about that time the wife was getting a little pushy about wanting to do things that night with our friends and brother who was close to town as well. I kept telling her not to plan everything because I had stuff lined up but she had some liquid courage in her and was not letting up. So I dropped the bomb. "Babe we're going to the beach." "What beach?" "Canon Beach for 2 night and we're leaving in the morning." This was taken very well and I was then smothered in praise and kisses.


The pops picked us up and we went to this killer restaurant called Pok Pok. This place was on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and offers a unique kind of Thai food. This is kind of a big deal for my Dad who doesn't really eat out of his comfort zone too much. We shared something like 5 dishes between us all and they were absolutely amazing. The stand out were the wings though. They were candied and tasty and one of a kind.

Cannon Beach

The next morning we set out for Canon Beach which is about 1.5 hours from Portland. We made it there with no problems even though there was some snow on the ground going over the 2,000 foot pass. For those who don't know we were married on this beach. Our stay was full of food, beach time, drinking, bubble baths and relaxing. It was exactly what we needed as a couple. That place hold a special place in our hearts and will always.


We stayed 2 wonderful night then made our way back to Portland to see my Dad again and pick up a new BBQ (it's a Weber Genesis in case you were wondering). Heading over the pass it started snowing like crazy. We barely made it. Not to mention they detoured us about an hour out of the way. The 1.5 hour trip turned into 3 hours really fast. We made it though and saw my Dad and the trip home was a cinch too. It was one of my favorites trips to date.

Cannon Beach

Wow I've been rambling. Check out my pics and let me know what you think. Hope you all are doing well.

Portland Pics
Canon Beach Pics


  1. Really great pics from this one, well done! :)

  2. If you head back you ought to hit the Willamette and shoot some of the wineries great pinot's and wonderful vistas! It's where I first found my love of wine, and as a pork man the pairing of Pinot to pig, well it's magical!