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Portsgiving Day 1 - Portland

Portland was one of those trips that we had extremely high expectations for. But to start this blog off on the right foot, I want to speak on something that is foundational to how we view most things. We didn’t put high expectations on what we could do, we put high expectations on what God would do while we were there. Needless to say, He blew our expectations out of the water. From the very first full day we were there until the very last, every single day was the best day of the trip in its own way.
Im not a huge writer when it comes to blogs, I tend to try to let the photos do the talking, not to mention, Megan is the writer of the two of us... literally, thats what her college degree is for!
This is the first of 5 posts, each post is Megan and I's favorite photos from each day and we hope to collectively tell the story of this unforgettable trip to one of our new favorite cities. We hope you enjoy!

-DS


WE HAVE ARRIVED

From the moment we could see Portland from our plan window, we were pumped to explore this incredible city. More than that, we were stoked to see our amazing friend Ashley. She picked us up at the airport and first stop was dinner. After dinner we headed over to meet our new friend Christa for some of her fantastic dessert (Christa is a magnificent cook and an even better baker, check out her baking page on the 'gram 👉🏻 HERE)


DAY 1: EXPLORING PORTLAND

We started this day with one of the most peaceful church services Megan and I have been to since we got married. Not to take away from any other churches, but I think something about being in a different place where we could hear without distraction of familiarity, we had an encounter we wont soon forget. Sadly I didnt get any photos from the church, but I was a little busy meeting one of my favorite photographers/instagram personalities and possibly fanboying...possibly.
After church we went and ate an awesome food truck lunch and then explored the best parts of the city. Naturally we grabbed coffee at Stumptown Roasters before we ran through Powell's bookstore and topped the day off with Voodoo doughnuts. The evening rounded off perfectly with the best view of the city. Pittock Mansion has the full view of Portland and believe it or not, we didnt even have to hike.

ESTIMATED STEP COUNT: 8,516

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