Portland – Their Favourite of All

Once upon a time gone by, there was a Mummy, a Daddy and two little wild things. One day, when they were feeling rather brave and in need of chaos,  they embarked on an epic American adventure. They journeyed across oceans and mountains, desserts and cities;  they boarded planes, boats and even free willed travelling devices.

Of all the places they ventured though, Portland was absolutely their favourite, albeit the wettest. Not only did they find other wild things to play with, but it felt like home. Normality. Family.


Their time traveling and living on the road had come to an end and this was exactly what was needed. The Mummy and the Daddy had a date day and the wild ones actually slept right through the nights until reasonable o’clock.

Obviously you need at least one drama to make a good story and the eldest wild one helped out with this by locking himself inside a windowless toilet room with the light off. Thankfully, it was only the door handle which had to be removed and not the whole door. And a realisation of just how feral the boy is was realised by the surprisingly calm state he remained in for the whole episode!

The food was incredibly edible. Who knew that heaven came in Voo-Doo Doughnut form?

They happened upon the best bookshop in the whole wide world. Honestly that is officially true – the Guardian even says so! And we say “happened”, but given the Mummy’s inclination to thoroughly research these matters, such discovery was not accidental.


(Purchases from Powell’s, City of Books)

And even though the rain kept on a-coming, this did not dampen their spirits. Lazy days were loved, books were read, fun was found, and even more glorious food was gobbled.


(A rainy afternoon spent drinking coffee and playing in Munchkin Playland)



(A brilliant day at Portland Children’s Museum)
(Breakfast at Mother’s Bistro)

And when there was a break in the weather, breathtaking waterfalls were to be seen.

 (Multnomah Falls)


The eldest wild one loved being so close to the spray.



(The stunning view from Vista House)

But as all great things do, their visit came to an all too hasty end and now the Mummy and Daddy are left happily reminiscing and planning their next escapade to the Land of the Free.


Travel Monkey


  1. February 2, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Portland looks so cool! I can't wait to try the food, the donuts and stop by one or two natural wonders.

  2. February 2, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Ahhh it sounds amazing! I so want to go off travelling with my little girl, we have holidays planned every year till 2019 at the moment, my dream is to travel America though, what great memories you have created 🙂 x

  3. February 2, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time and you all enjoyed it. I think I'd have been panicking if the boys locked themselves in a toilet too glad he was ok.

  4. February 2, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    What an absolutely amazing adventure you had. I would love nothing more than to go an see a waterfall like that. It looks amazing. I would love to go on an adventure like this.

  5. February 2, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Wow what an incredible place – that waterfall is breathtaking. I'm very envious that you got to go to the bookshop – well done on your research! I did chuckle at the Voodoo doughnut.

  6. February 2, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    What fun you all had on your holidays. I would never think of going to Portland but I'll put it on my list of places to go xx

  7. February 3, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Portland looks awesome. I love the giant shoe and the childrens mueseum would keep my toddler entertained for hours.

  8. February 3, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Oh wow Portland sounds amazing. That waterfall! Munckin Land looks fun too. I think I've seen that doughnut on man vs. food before? Chloe – LifeUnexpected xx

  9. February 3, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    I have heard about Voo Doo Doughnuts! How I have not been to Portland I don't know..my brother lives in Seattle and I used to live out west a long time ago. Hopefully making a trip out there in the next year or two..I hear it's awesome. #mondayescapes

  10. February 3, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    thanks lovely – it was a bit of a panic, but he kept super calm which was great

  11. February 3, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    possibly -there was one man v food episode in a breakfast place in portland too x

  12. February 3, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    It is brilliant. Got such a cool vibe there. x

  13. February 4, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time, I love the look of the voodoo donut! The waterfall looks fab!

  14. February 8, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Love seeing other people love my "from" – you are making me miss Portland! Glad you had a great trip! Cheers from this Oregon Girl around the world!

  15. February 8, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Wow Multnomah Falls look stunning. We would like to do a US Road Trip in the next few years and Portland would most definitely be one of our stops. There's so much for kids too! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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