Garth Brooks In Portland

Since Garth Brooks is doing this lame thing where he only announces one city at a time on his world tour, I grabbed tickets to a Portland show, just in case he doesn't make it to Seattle. Carrie wasn't sure of her plans so she didn't commit until a month after tickets went on sale. Thankfully there were still a few seats left at his 4:00 PM show last Sunday. It felt so weird to go to a concert that early that wasn't an outdoor festival, but I didn't care. I was going to see my beloved Garth again!

Carrie and I made it to Portland around lunch time and our first stop was Voodoo Doughnut. It's an iconic Portland doughnut shop known for unusual toppings and eclectic decor. There are three in Oregon, one in Colorado, and they are expanding to Japan, Taiwan, and Austin, TX soon. It's open 24 hours a day, they only accept cash, and there is ALWAYS a line. I think we were there for about 45 minutes. I just chalk it up to part of the experience now. I ate a classic Voodoo Doll and saved a Lemon Chiffon Cruller for later. I also brought some home for my sister.

Then we grabbed lunch at a food cart, which is another quintessential Portland thing. The 600+ mini restaurants are in stationary carts, rather than trucks, and set up all over the city in pods. Check out this map! Unfortunately most of them are closed on weekends, but we were able to find a few open on Fifth Avenue.  I got a Gyro and Carrie ate Thai food. After lunch we walked up and down Waterfront Park and took in the views of the Willamette River.

On our walk back to my car, we decided to try to find Mill Ends Park, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's smallest park. While waiting to cross at the longest light ever, I looked at my phone to find it's location. Once it was finally time to cross the street, Carrie stopped in the middle and said, "Is this it?!" We had been staring at it for at least five minutes and almost walked right by it! The story is, some guy who worked in a nearby building filled in the hole of an old utility pole with plants and a 24-inch diameter park was born! It was dedicated as an official city park in the '70s. Stay weird, Portland. 

Finally, it was time for our early bird concert. It was a blast! Garth had so much energy, perfectly belted out all the hits (and thankfully only two new songs), and ran around stage like a mad man. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, came out in the middle to duet with him and then sang a few '90s country songs of her own. I remembered every word to every song and had the best time. 

It was exhausting driving three hours there and back in one day, but totally worth it.
I really hope he makes it to Seattle so I can do it all over again!


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

That park reminds me of Parks & Rec. I love it.

Great day! I'm not a huge fan but would probably see Garth in concert.

I'd absolutely eat at Voodoo Donuts.

Karen M. Peterson said...

Voodoo Donuts needs to come to California. Just sayin.

I so want to see Garth Brooks again! It sounds like he's still putting on an amazing show.

I need to visit Portland one of these days. It looks so charmingly weird.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

Those donuts look rather fancy. Yum!

I hope Garth comes here. He puts on a phenomenal show. Glad to know he's still got it.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Jealous you got to see him live. Yeah!
Also I'm now craving donuts thanks to this post. Wish they made gluten free ones. Ugh. Hahaha.


Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Those donuts look bloody nice, I do like a nice donut

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I love Garth! When he was in retirement he did two days in LA to benefit firefighters who were dealing with crazy fires about eight years back. He was great and Trisha showed up to that too. I think our concert was at like 1 lol. He did two a day. Random!

Elle Sees said...

i need a portland trip! i've not been since college and that was in 1998! ha! i never got to try voodoo donuts (i'm guessing they were around!). i met garth once at a walmart in Alabama, in the late90s once, late at night.