Spent the weekend in Portland, Oregon. I flew out having no set plans.
Stayed in St. Johns, an area in North Portland. My hosts were gracious and had a cozy space.
Flew in Thursday night, so first thing I did Friday was explore the town.
After, I went to hear some music at an open mic. Left my camera behind that night.
Saturday I met up with photographer Silas Sao, whom I met over Instagram (@silassao), and whose work has a relatable dark feeling to me.
We took a trip to Mt. Hood, which is that mountain in the distance.
We drove as far up Mt. Hood as the road takes you: to Timberline lodge, which happened to be used for establishing shots in the "The Shining." You can ask for "the axe" and they'll actually hand an axe to you and let you walk around with it.
At Timberline lodge we found a little nook that had some moody lighting.
Afterwards, Silas dropped me off back in town and I stuck around to see the Starlight Parade, an annual parade in Portland that I'm told brings in up to 300,000+ people every year.
Sometime after the parade started, I got a donut at Voodoo Doughnut, the "touristy" thing to do. So yes, of course I went.
Went back to the house that Saturday and just crashed on the bed.
Sunday, I decided to just chill around the house and write a little and edit some photos.
Last day in Portland. Took the bus into town and had lunch with Silas.
After, I hung out with an unexpected new friend before heading to the airport. :)
Flying home that evening, I couldn't be more thankful to have a window seat.
All in all, I'm glad I took a chance.
Oh! As of writing this, it's been 1 week since the release of my debut EP "From Your Window." Just want to thank y'all for supporting me.
If you haven't heard it yet, it's on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music, etc.
You also can get it on vinyl (if that's your thing) here.
Anyway, as always, thanks for sticking around.