When we left Denver back in March, we knew the only thing we could not miss was our good friends’ wedding in Portland in July. And for the most part,, the general outline of our adventure was planned knowing we needed to be in the Pacific Northwest in the middle of the summer.
We were excited to hang in Portland, but we did not expect how wonderful it would be to see our dear friends all in one place. We have met many new friends on the road, but the majority of the time it is just the three of us. We enjoyed (maybe too many) meals out at our favorite Portland restaurants and drinks with friends after Knox went to bed, thanks to my mom flying out to babysit for the wedding weekend.
The wedding was perfect, the weather was abnormally hot for Portland, Knox and I loved exploring the super kid friendly city and we met not one, but TWO sets of Vanagon travelers we follow on Instagram. Matt McDonald of 63mph has got to be one of the most humble and inspiring dudes we have met yet. We met for lunch and listened intently as he shared his stories and adventures of life on the road in his ’86 Vanagon and we shared how we divvy up the daily duties of cooking, cleaning, and driving. We sat in Donnie (his van) and ogled at the sheer size of the beast. The ’86 is much bigger than our ’76 and we loved how much his van felt like home.
We also met the dudes and gal of Vanajeros who were approaching their second week of life on the road in their ’85 Vanagon. The four of them are photographers and film makers and have plans to travel to Central America “giving” photos of the people the meet and sharing their stories. It was refreshing to see the excitement in their eyes and we were humbled by the questions they asked us of the logistics of life on the road.
It was difficult to say goodbye after meeting both 63mph and the Vanajeros crew, but we look forward to the day our paths may cross again. Portland, you were good to us.