Moving cross-country earlier this year quenched our thirst for road trips for a good long time. It took us more than three months to make it out of Washington State again! We ventured a few hours south to Portland, which absolutely lived up to expectations on my first visit there.
We slurped down homemade matzo ball soup at Mother's Bistro & Bar, waited 45 minutes for olive oil ice cream at the famous Salt & Straw (worth it), and left Powell's after two hours with a huge stack of books we didn't know we needed.
We also ended up on a 100 mile detour to Mount St. Helens. With all of the signs pointing east towards it on our way down I-5, we couldn't resist the opportunity to see it. For this New Englander, it was a wild experience to get that close to a volcano. Now we are even more curious to visit the 14,000+ foot Mount Rainier, which from Seattle seems close enough to hit with a rock—even though it sits over 60 miles away.