The two weeks we spent in Portland were some of the hottest we’ve had on our travels, especially since the AirBnB that we rented didn’t have air conditioning. Apparently many older houses in Portland don’t have central AC because temperatures are typically mild.
During our two weeks, Portland saw several 100F days, a rarity. We sweated a lot while exploring the city, and we sweated a lot while sitting in the living room. It was pretty miserable, sometimes. We ran errands in the middle of the afternoon to places with air conditioning, like Costco and the grocery store. Several times Katie found me standing inside the door of the frozen foods section to cool down.
Fast forward one day and 150 miles. We ventured west of Portland to the Oregon Coast to Coos Bay, camping for a few days at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. There are several coastal state parks in the area as well as great little maritime and logging towns along the coast, which we’re having fun exploring.
The best part of the coast though is that it is cold, even in August. Temps are in the 40s at night and 70s during the day. The wind brings temperatures down even further.
We’re all bundled up now. Pants. Fleeces. Windbreakers. Hats. It feels like the beach in December back in North Carolina, and I welcome the cold and the wind.
We have several more days on the Oregon Coast and then even more on the northern California coast.
Many more pictures to follow, but here are some from our first day.