For most of our Portland trip, we got around using public transportation. But the MAX light rail doesn't travel to Multnomah Falls (unfortunately), so we rented a car for a day and got our adventure on. The drive to the falls was beautiful. Dense, green forest, the Columbia River Gorge right beside us, and rows of mountains up ahead...
Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous waterfall just 30 minutes outside of Portland. On our list of things we wanted to do while in Portland, this was one of the non-negotiables. And I'm glad we decided on that. There's a trail you can hike to the top of the falls. It was only about a mile, so we went for it.
Everything was so green. And pretty. And I felt like I was on Endor.
After Multnomah, we also made a quick stop at Wahkeena Falls next door. So so pretty.
Another item on our list of Portland must do's was the Tim Tam slam. Have you ever heard of this? I had heard the name off and on over the years, but only recently found out what it actually is. And I was so intrigued, I knew I had to have one asap. A Tim Tam is a cookie from Australia. And to Tim Tam slam is when you bite off the top and bottom end of the cookie, then use it as a straw to drink with. In Australia, I guess it's popular to do this with tea, but that just sounds gross. So we did hot chocolate and it was amazing. And then the cookie gets all melty and yummy after you drink, so it's all just so good. I want one right now.
I thought it would be fun for Camaron and I to have our first tim tam slam on our trip, so it would always be tied to that memory. Don't you love when you try something for the first time on a trip? Then you always remember the first time so much better. Except that time I tried a new deodorant on a first date that was horrible. It tied the scent of that deodorant to that bad memory ...and basically I can't wear deodorant anymore. Jk -well, at least that specific deodorant. Why am I talking about deodorant? Anyway, the Tim Tam slams were awesome. And we found out that in America, they sell the Tim Tams under a different name: Arnotts. And you can find them at Cost Plus World Market;)
While we were on our search for Tim Tams/Arnotts, we stopped at a Fred Meyer grocery store. No Australian cookies there, but when we were driving through the parking lot, getting ready to leave, I noticed a man walking toward us. "Hey, that looks like ...oh my gosh that's totally Fred Armisen!!!" I shrieked and then lost all ability to function and breath (basically). We were in Portland and here was Fred Armisen!
Ok, I feel I need to defend my rep. I have always been proud of the way I handle celebrity encounters with great composure and calm. I met my idol in high school and gave him a hug and talked about college ...no problem. Uncle Jesse from Full House once tickled me when I was younger and I didn't even wet my pants. See, I'm so composed. This is not how I was when I saw Fred Armisen. And I'm not even that obsessed with him! I mean, I'm pretty obsessed, but like, I don't even have that many posters of him over my bed. Anyway, I was freaking. Camaron asked if we should get a picture. I said "yes!" So we looped around the parking lot and got this little gem:
No, we didn't follow him inside and joke, have fun, and then party in downtown Portland that night. No, we didn't talk to him at all. Just be happy I even got this picture (I almost couldn't even do it). I was still flustered even hours later.
The day before, while we were walking to the aerial tram, we cam across a street that said it would be closed off the next day for a film. We both were pretty certain it would be a filming of Portlandia, and were even planning to stop by and check it out. But the day got away from us. But now we know we were right! So when you watch the Portlandia season 6 finale, just remember, I saw Fred right after they finished filming. That's important for some reason. Also, Fred shops at Fred's:)
P.S. Someone once told me I reminded them of Carrie Brownstein. Best compliment of my life