|As seen on the TV series: Portlandia|
|Mt. Hood over Portland|
One day during our visit, we spent several hours downtown at the Saturday Market, and what a scene that was! I mean, the rows and rows of local vendors and their crafts was all very nice, but it was the peripheral hangers-on that really gave it character. Hippies, young and old, swarmed the area, strumming guitars, crazily gyrating to real or imagined music, urging petitions to legalize pot, and, at times, overwhelming the delicious smells of the food vendors with their obvious aversion to deodorant. Could I live with all that crunchiness? Suffice it to say there are a lot of very "natural" people in Portland; it is, after all, environmentally the greenest city in the U.S. Which brings me to my third point: Portlanders are friendly - almost to a fault.
|SE Portland's Saturday Market: the largest continually operating|
outdoor arts and crafts market in the U.S.
Pretty (darn) sincere
(If any Portlanders are reading this, and would like to add to or correct any of my information, please comment!)