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Food Carts and Ocean Breezes

We were so excited to get back to's easily one of our favorite cities in the country. It's full of delicious food and delicious people. My sister, Laura, flew out from Minneapolis to spend 4 days with us and it was wonderful to see her.
Bella and Lucy ADORE her. She brings them presents and makes them laugh :)

We experienced our first Stumptown coffee.

And I have to say it was total bliss. I now understand all the hype. :)

We spent time with some of our favorite friends at the Saturday market and around town. Read more about our adventures here.
You can't stop in Portland without checking out Voo Doo Doughnut. Or so we were told :) This here is the vegan "Grape Ape". It was rather tasty.

This thrift store rocks. Wish we had more time to check out all the rest!

One of our favorite things in Portland...the food carts!! Oh the food carts. This one is called Ruby Dragon and they had vegan Thai food...and raw kale salad...and other such wonderful things. Don't you love those birdie flags? I know. Every one of the carts was so adorable. I wanted to live in them.Want to read more? Here are a couple of links to check out: Portland Magazine and Sunset
We headed to Cannon Beach and enjoyed a day without rain...exploring the ocean and also taking a little day trip down to Manzanita. We stopped at several little shops, but my favorite was Unfurl.
So many amazing textures, colors, clothes, shoes, scarves, yummy.

I hooped on the beach...and tried not to blow away.

Sweet family time.

Laura's friend Sarah came to visit as well. Sarah lived in Minneapolis, but recently moved to Oregon for her work. She's such a sweetheart and it was great to connect again.

It was hard to say goodbye! We loved our time in Portland and loved seeing Laura. What a blessing. Can't wait to go back again someday.

Photos from our time in Portland here.
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Awww...this brings back so many good memories!! So much fun. Can't wait to see you guys again!!

October 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura S.

As a resident of Faire Portland, I must say, you have captured our city completely. Right down to fishing through Free boxes on the street. Well, done, you! Rerun is one of my FAVE shops.

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPuanani

You and your sister are darling people. I've seen a feature of Voodoo done on the Food Network and it looked so fun. Not to mention completely delicious.

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Long-time blog follower ... admirer of your traveling life, pics, SVO rig and mission.

Used to live in 'Puddletown' in the '80's, and I too think it's a cool place to hang a bit ... except for the traffic.

Really curious how the 'Oil Harvesting' was in that area ?

I spoke with another SVO couple / travelers (Cummins pickup & Airstream) that traveled the U.S. doing Corp In-house Graphics/Design/Security. He told me Portland, OR area was one of few locales where finding oil was nearly impossible. That was over 3yrs ago.
Did you try or did you just make sure to be topped off before arriving?

I too am working toward putting my life in a Diesel Pusher (God Willing, early next yr) ... to head out and pester my friends around the country on SVO. Look forward to contacting Matt soon for some consultation.

October 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaylord in Alaska

Since I've started reading this blog about a month ago I have been so inspired and can't wait until one day I can get on the road with my family! Life is such an adventure! You have also encouraged me to get back into eating the raw foods, green smoothies, and overall good food for my belly!! :) Thanks so much!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

visiting portland is on the top of my list. great photos!!

October 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershannon

Puanani...thanks! Yes, Rerun was so great!

Gaylord...we actually have connections in Eugene and we don't have to "hunt" for oil in that area.

Amanda...yay for you!! So glad you're back on track :)

Shannon...thanks :)

October 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterSara Janssen

Forgot to ask ... just curious ...what was the cause of the 'Breakdown in the wide open spaces around Spokane'' all about? Nothing really serious i hope... although that was one serious looking wrecker that showed up to drag you in ... , and the pic showed Matt on his knees... looking for pieces ?? !!!

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaylord in Alaska

FYI, my neighbor has oil delivered for his car each week here in Portland. Every week, large vats of oil are sitting on his curb...then he tools off to work.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPuanani was something important that broke, although I can't remember the name of it right now :) It's was $4,500 important. Yowsers.

Puanani...yes...there are definitely services like those. However convenient, they are very expensive. We prefer to not pay for our fuel and amazingly, never have in all these years and miles on veggie.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara

$4500 ...Geeeze-Louise !!! When something goes wrong with one of those 'Big-Bad-Boys', one had better be prepared !! ... have a serious & solid 'Prudent Reserve'.

In your 4yrs of Pioneer Ramblin', has anything major like that ever happened before?

Really looking forward to Skyping a consultation with Matt soon.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGaylord in Alaska

cannon beach is one of my favoritist actualy favorititst place is just a few miles away from there....please tell me you made the hike to oswald west....if not, hop in your rv and drive back! it is pretty much how i envision heaven.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca

Hi Sara
I've just have a look on your short movie Lucy's homebirth.
I don't know how to comment. I got touched. Plenty of sweetness, color,loveful,peaceful, beauty ...
It was...
It was like I were here with you, waiting for this tiny baby to quit her bubble...
I don't know if i manage to explain all right, i'm french and i got so touched.
I'm a happy 3 child mother (a boy and 2 girls) and I think you're a so wonderfull mother. Husband and daughters must be very proud.
You've got great family and your colorful life and joyful smile bring sunshine in this F***** rainy night ! ;-)
Hope I hear from you again...

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