We slept in a bit on Thursday since we didn’t have anything planned until 2pm and we were driving all day Wednesday. We started off the day by visiting the Portland Rose Test Garden. I had no idea there were so many roses, wierd ones too. They were all in full Bloom and so gorgeous! Rachel got a few ideas and we found our Portland Magnet. It was then time to head into the city to grab a bite to eat before our Portland Underground Tour.
After spending a fortune for parking ($12, there are much cheaper places but we didn’t find any right away) we headed to the Old Town Pizza, the first stop on the Underground Tour, to grab lunch and get tickets for the tour. While I placed our order (a thin house special) Rachel called Portland Walking Tours to book it. Unfortunately the Underground Portland tour was booked, something we hadn’t planned for. Because we had plans for tomorrow we decided to take the Beyond Bizarre tour instead.
Since we didn’t have anything to do for about 5 hours we decided to walk around and see a few things, the first being the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. As we were walking along Rachel said something, my eyes glazed over, the skies opened and it seemed like there was a chorus of angels. We walked right onto Portland’s Brewers Fest.
Admission was free so we went in (we would have anyway). You pay for a mug with a bunch of chips, each chip is worth a tasting, 4 is worth a pint, but their tastings turned out to be much bigger than 1/4th of a pint. They have a $10 mug which comes with 4 chips or a $20 mug which comes with 14 chips. We each got 14 chips, what’s the point in only tasting 4 beers? After all, we had 5 hours.
Most of the beers were delicious, but we didn’t realize until the end that the beers were all west coast, not necessarily Oregon like we had originally thought. Ahh well, still tasty. We took a short break in between our 14 beers to wander around, and find the worlds smallest park which was neat.
Afterwards we met George and Stacie for Happy hour at Three Degrees where we enjoyed some great deals and good food (thanks Stacie!). After that we took the MAX back to Old Town Pizza to catch our Beyond Bizzarre Tour.
Originally we thought the Beyond Bizarre tour was just the Underground Tour with some ghost stories and an EMF detector thrown in. We were horribly wrong, and the tour sucked. They hand out the EMF devices and it was mostly a ghost hunting exercise where they take you to these different locations and tell you why people think it’s ‘haunted’. It was incredibly lame and we don’t suggest anyone do it. I’m not sure if I would trust their Underground Tour either… Perhaps If we had a coupon.
Back to George and Stacies, a glance at some pictures and bed… Another good day, despite the Tour Failure, mostly due to all the drinking.