This past weekend, Hannah came to visit me for the 3rd time! She came up for the 1st time last Memorial Day weekend. That same weekend, Drew's friend Ross came up to visit him as well and we all ended up hanging out in Portland. Then Hannah and Ross started dating when they went back to Texas (crazy things happen here in Portland). So exactly a year later they came back up for a rondezvous. We had a great weekend! I love when Hannah comes to visit now because we can do new adventurous things that aren't too touristy (since she has already done most of that). We didn't have the best weather this weekend, but that didn't hold us back.
We picked Hannah and Ross up from the airport on Friday night and drove straight downtown to watch the Rose Festival fireworks on the waterfront. Then we met up with some people at the opening night of Portland's first dueling piano bar.
Saturday morning, we all hopped on our bikes and rode down to the Portland Farmer's Market where we ate delicious Pine State Biscuits. These fried chicken biscuit sandwiches smothered in honey and mustard are so yummy, but I only treat myself to one when I have out-of-town guests. Then we headed down to the Portland Saturday Market to wander through booths of art and trinkets and listen to drummers playing on the sidewalks. After a short afternoon nap, we geared back up for our traditional progressive dinner. We took public transportation around town starting with cajun tater tots at The Bagdad, then a wonderful dinner at Thirst Wine Bar and Bistro, and then met up with some friends at The Tugboat, our final stop of the night.
Sunday morning, we slept in a little then went to the 11:00 Imago Dei church service, ate brunch at my favorite spot Bread and Ink, then Drew got us all into the Columbia Employee Store where we got 50% any sports wear and gear purchases. That night we went to two other popular Portland places: Portland City Grill (located in the tallest building in town) and Papa Haydn's (the best dessert around).
We took it easy on Monday by having a late breakfast at Slappy Cakes (a local breakfast place where you make your own pancakes on griddles in the middle of your table) and then Hannah and I shopped a little downtown. Yesterday afternoon the guys left for a climbing trip to Mount Rainer in Washington state and Hannah and I enjoyed the only sun of the weekend by playing tennis on Reed College campus.
Overall it was a wonderful weekend. I loved spending time with these special friends. It was great to have quality time with Hannah in which we could actually catch up and enjoy being with each other. Can't wait for her next trip up here!