This past weekend, Cathy and I joined the guys on a road trip to Oregon. The road trip started with the random idea of wanting to go see the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. Hieu currently lives in Oregon for school, so we worked with his spring break schedule and went for it.
Cathy and I rode in Long’s car with Trinh and Sang. We left later than planned, took a long dinner break in Mount Shasta, and didn’t arrive in Eugene until 3:30am. Vince, Jinn, Isaac, and April had already made it there hours before us.
The next morning, we drove out to Woodburn for the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. What’s awesome is that you can pay $20 maximum per car, so that could potentially lower the cost of admission. There was a large area for kids to play plus multiple food vendors scattered about. The tulip farm itself is gorgeous. What I love most about tulips are their color variations; it makes me happy just looking at them! The Tulip Festival is definitely worth the money (and the trip) if you have never been.
After spending a surprising amount of time in the fields, our group of 10 proceeded to drive to Portland to eat. We went to the Alder food cart pod so people could choose what they wanted. Unfortunately, a majority of the food carts were closed by the time we got there, but we still managed!
Cathy and I shared Yakisoba Noodles from Island Grill Hawaiian Barbecue. Delicious!
After everyone got their food, we chilled at O’Bryant Square to eat our meals.
I wanted to get Blue Star Donuts next, so we started walking to one of the locations. That location actually sold out and closed early, so we decided to walk a mile away to one of their newer locations.
On the way there, we saw this beautiful art piece. I remember seeing it on a previous trip to Portland, so I got super excited when I got to see it more up close! (I was running and everything!)
Now, about those donuts. One bite into the Bluberry Bourbon Basil and I was in love. Voodoo what? 😛
And I totally felt like we hit the jackpot when I noticed that Salt & Straw was right across the street. YES!
We ended up walking back in the dark to get back to our cars, but it wasn’t bad. 🙂
We had a late dinner filled with frozen pizzas and beers. The next morning, we slept in and decided to grab brunch at Studio One Cafe. Really small space, so we had to wait a while to be seated, but it was well worth it.
Our car headed home to Sacramento after brunch. We lost reception for a while when we took the “scenic route” home, got pulled over by an Oregon cop, stopped on the the road for photos, ate dinner at Asian-American Bar-B-Q, and managed to get home by midnight. Though I slept for most of the car ride here and there, I enjoyed the trip very much. Thanks for making this road trip happen, guys! 🙂