I remember thinking then that this would be a great area to retire to. Fit, liberal people, beautiful landscape, lots of interesting history and great cities in Portland and Seattle. (Mount Hood in 2012.
I was taken aback by the beauty of Crater Lake. A must see for anyone. (A stunning vista at Crater Lake.)
But aside from seeing a baseball game in Seattle and ascending the space needle, I didn't spend any time in any of the cities that week, which was pretty much one long car trip. But last month I got to see Portland the best way possible, by running through it on two early morning runs. (From the Burnside Bridge.)