Portland for the day

High above Portland00 AM and I\'ve already been up for 2 hours...Ashley & WillieSettling inAshley & RachelBumpety, bumpety, clickety, clackety… We rolled down to Portland by train yesterday for an amazing day trip with the whole family – until an abrupt stop. Thankfully, the breakdown near Puyallup was temporary and we were on our way once again. Under mostly grey skies and 60 degrees, we took every imaginable mode of transportation that Portland had to offer: train, street car, aerial tram, and the max – oh yeah, and lots by foot, as we explored downtown Portland with the Mansfields and the help of Portlander and friend, Lynn Johnson. Besides riding on all these cool things, Bekah, Jordan and Matthew got to help the street car driver ready the tracks by switching them, tooting the horn, and revving the engine. While in Portland, we also enjoyed Powell’s City of Books and Finnigan’s Toy Store. Powell’s is an absolutely amazing store and is probably the size – if not bigger – than the Seattle Public Library. It dwarfs any other bookstore I’ve ever been in and I could have spent the whole afternoon in there. We also rode the aerial tram up the hill to OSHU. You’d have thought the kids were in Disneyland on a roller coaster the way they yelled and threw arms in the air when we started swinging at the tower!

Taking the train was a first for all of the kids. Schools on Trains is a program offered by Amtrak where school groups can ride between certain cities for a great rate. As part of Homeschooling His Way, we got the special pricing of only $10 round trip ($80 normally) per person. About 30 of us took this trip.


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