We had high hopes of hiking again before we left. We came home from our hike to Wahclella and made a plan for the next day which included another shorter hike with the kids and then stopping by one of the well known waterfalls. Then tiredness set in and those plans get scrapped. We thought something slower paced would be better for the day before we left. Plus, we had not really explored the city much. We were staying on the East side of Portland so we had not been to downtown yet since we spent the majority of the time by our house. The Portland Children’s Museum looked like it would be the perfect activity for our last day. Voodoo doughnuts had to be checked off the list too.
We got up early and left the house earlier than we had the entire trip and headed for Voodoo. We chose to go to the one on the East side by our house rather than taking the chance of a long line at the original one in downtown. We timed it just right and there was not a line at all. We got our donuts and dug in.
Olivia picked two, a bubble gum one and a strawberry sprinkled, both extremly sweet. Grayson picked the fruit loop one and it was a winner in my book. I went with the ODB, it had chocolate, peanut butter and some chocolate pieces on it. It too was extremly sweet and I could only eat half. Graham chose a good ole glazed donut, chocolate glazed and some cream filled one. I ended up eating half of glazed because mine was so sweet.
The sugar rush kicked in quickly. The donuts themselves were good. All the toppings and icing were very sweet but it’s all about the experience and I am glad we went. If we go back I will definetely order just a plain glazed donut.
After Voodoo we headed for Washington Park where the Children’s Musuem is located. I had read online that parking can fill up but it was a Thursday at 10 am. We thought we were good to go. Boy were we wrong. It was a madhouse. I think Graham would use a more colorful description of that parking lot. We drove around for about 15 minutes before he dropped us off at the front. We figured we could get our tickets, use the restroom and get a snack and then Graham would have found a spot in that time. Joke was on us, or Graham I should say. He drove around for an hour. Frustrated is an understatement. The kids were ready to go and play and we hated to leave but we wanted to be together as a family. While they explored some exhibits Graham and decided that we would head back the house, change clothes and head out for a hike. It was still early and we could have managed to get a short hike in. He was driving to pick us up when he found a spot. Praise be. Lesson learned. Get there at opening, take an Uber or take public transportation. Don’t show up an hour and half after opening and expect to find a spot because it aint happening. Once Graham joined us our afternoon at the museum really got started.
It was an afternoon well spent. The kids had a great time and I highly recommend a visit if you are in Portland. Just get there early.
We went and grabbed a burger for a late lunch and then headed home to start packing.
Our time in the city was short and went be fast but I think the kids got a little taste of city living and liked it. We visited a park the day we got there while waiting to check into our Airbnb, went out to eat at local restaurants and they played on the sidewalks in front of our house.
I mentioned that hiking with kids isn’t always easy. That can be said for traveling with kids too. It’s not easy at all. It’s alot of work, even with kids who are getting more used to traveling and being away from home. But they are still kids and kids still have their days.
Meltdowns, negative attitudes, whining and crankiness don’t just disappear because we are visiting a new and exciting place. Tears happen. Off days happen. Those harder moments don’t usually last long but when they do it’s enough to stop and think about why we are doing this. But we keep doing this because it’s important to us and because it’s worth it. And I’ll take some harder moments to be able to create these memories with my family any day.