Monday, June 9, 2008

Minimalist Travel: Vacation in Your Own Town

Here in Portland, Oregon the weather just isn't giving us a break. Grey Grey Grey! I got onto the internet and started trying to find out how far we'd have to travel to get out from under these clouds and endless drizzle and to my horror it seemed to go on forever! We could drive eight hours to Redding or fly somewhere. Then I checked out the price of flying and it was crazy! $500 to fly to LA? There had to be an alternative. So my sweetie and I spent the weekend playing around in our own town. We ate every meal out, heard live music, went to art museums, Saturday Market, shopped on NW 23rd, (the tourist section of town), took cabs, stayed out late and slept in late and did pretty much what we would have done in any city on vacation. No dishes, no work and you know what happened? On Sunday the sun actually came out! Today alas, it's gone again, but we had loads of fun anyway and didn't have to spend $1000 for two round trip tickets to the sun, and kept our carbon footprint small...."Oh you can pour my next glass of wine into this glass. It saves energy."

4 comments:

self taught artist said...

it is fun to be a tourist in your own town, glad you were able to make your life fun despite weather and exorbant travel fees.

The Offended Blogger said...

Sounds fun! I just hope you didn't look like a tourist and wore socks with your sandals or anything. :p

miriam@mysisterdalesgarden.com said...

sounds like a great time--i know about the gloom in the pacific northwest---lived in seattle for 14 years. now we live in the california desert--hot, hot hot---but we love it. with the price of gas and accomodations we would rather stay home than travel on overcrowded, dirty planes that never leave on time.

Marit Eline said...

Me and my friends did that last summer! we did all the tourist things in our hometown on a week, and it was really fun, and we learned a lot.