I stayed in town this weekend and enjoyed the cooler weather by hitting up street fairs and volunteering at the Portland Bridge Swim. I had so much fun checking out new spots in Portland and after three weeks here I feel like I have only begun to tap in to what this beautiful city has to offer.
I started my Saturday off at the Portland Farmer’s Market. I only grabbed a couple things, but my goal for next time is to make a fun, summery dish with the items I pick up.
Later in the day my roommate and I went to the Mississippi Ave. street fair. It was huge! Mississippi Ave. is located in NE Portland and it was my first time to this area. There were so many great vendors and different restaurants and food carts that I need to go back and check out.
I was so excited to try Native Bowl. They are an all vegan food cart and I have heard a lot of good things about their bowls!
After a lot of contemplation I went with the Hawthorne Bowl, a coconut curry chickpea dish, and it was delicious. So good!
On Sunday, I was up early to lend my hands to the Portland Bridge Swim. An 11 mile swim under 12 bridges from Sellwood Riverfront Park to Cathedral Park. At first, I thought these people were crazy, but after spectating of course I now need to do this next year. It’s too damn awesome not to.
About 60 swimmers swam the entire length and there were around 10 relays (3 on a team). I was assigned to run the first relay check point at OMSI. I was the only volunteer there, which I was surprised by, but I was up for the challenge. I met with the coordinators at Sellwood first to grab gear and instructions before I drove to OMSI. From there I set up the flag, planted signs, opened up parking, and cleared the pier of all “debris” (aka bird poop). I got a serious workout cleaning that pier, squatting a bucket of water is no joke!
After a few hours people started to flow in and swimmers were passing by. All relays had successful exchanges!
Once all the swimmers were through I packed everything back up and drove to the race finish to drop off the gear and catch the first handful of finishers. The first finisher came in around 4 hours and 4 minutes!
And by the way St. Johns Bridge is stunning!
I took a much needed nap when I got back and just relaxed the rest of the night!
How was your weekend? Go to any farmer’s markets?
Have you done any cool open water swimming races? Want to?