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Old 09-18-2012, 04:31 PM   #21
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Great pictures ! I recently was in Portland , Maine . Different views but another nice city !
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Thanks everyone for your kind comments, but I forgot one pic:
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Enjoyed the pictures. I have never been to Oregon or Washington. It looks beautiful. Glad you had a good time and hope that things are going well for you.
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Great pictures ! I recently was in Portland , Maine . Different views but another nice city !
The other Portland is on the bucket list as well...
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Great pics. People will think Portland is the place to visit for sunny blue skies! Hahaha!
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Great pics. People will think Portland is the place to visit for sunny blue skies! Hahaha!
Yep, I picked the "dry" season...
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Very nice, my Mom was born in Hood River so we did this trek a few years ago. You had much better weather.
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The next time anyone is planning a trip to Portland let me know. I live 2 blocks from Washington Park.
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The next time anyone is planning a trip to Portland let me know. I live 2 blocks from Washington Park.
I hiked around WP/HA/FP for about five hours. Wore my assets out!!

Glad I took my nuvi; I'd have never found the place...
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When I was a kid I would hike Forest Park from the 29th & Upshur entrance and hike all the way to Germantown Road on the trails.

Once a guy came out from DC and made a big deal about needing to do some trail running. I made reservations for him at a hotel near the park and handed him a map of WP/HA/FP. The next day he was dragging.
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Bet those trails are treacherous when wet.
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There is a reason why athletic footwear companies are big in Portland.
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Great pics. Its is on my bucket list to visit the area. Hopefully for an extended time.
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Just came back from RV'in and found this thread. Yes, the NW has a lot to offer. Imagine what one can do if he has more time, and an RV to stay in each place a bit longer to explore.

Did you go in that "Hung Far Low" restaurant to see what was on the menu? Could be interesting! Just kidding, of course.

Still, I am betting that the owner knew English well enough to have a play on word. Is this a phonetic translation of anything meaningful in Chinese, does anybody know?

PS. Hey, out of curiosity, I did a Web search and it appears that your "Hung Far Low" is a knock-off of the real one that has been a landmark in Portland since 1928.

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So, I searched on the Web and answered my own question. "Hung Far Low" means "Red Flower Restaurant".

The restaurant sign has been such a landmark in Portland, so that when the new owner of the building wanted to restore the 2,000-lb two-story-tall sign at the cost of $77,000 in 2010, the city chipped in $45,000. I have been to Portland 3 times, and even ate in the downtown Chinatown, but never learned of this landmark until seeing the photo in this thread. Darn!

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Portlanders LOVE historic signage with a double message!
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Just came back from RV'in and found this thread. Yes, the NW has a lot to offer. Imagine what one can do if he has more time, and an RV to stay in each place a bit longer to explore.

Did you go in that "Hung Far Low" restaurant to see what was on the menu? Could be interesting! Just kidding, of course.

Still, I am betting that the owner knew English well enough to have a play on word. Is this a phonetic translation of anything meaningful in Chinese, does anybody know?

PS. Hey, out of curiosity, I did a Web search and it appears that your "Hung Far Low" is a knock-off of the real one that has been a landmark in Portland since 1928.
I did not sample much fancy cuisine while in Portland. After long days driving, hiking, and photographing, I mostly ate at the hotel, convenience and laziness being approximately equal contributors. But had to get a pic of that sign, to go with my pic of a liquor store sign in FL - Triangle Liquors...
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I am not aware of any fancy local cuisine in Portland. Perhaps some people here know more than I do. I was suggesting that this restaurant might have a dish made with a beef part that goes with its namesake.

Well, most likely not. Besides, I am just a big talker; I still yet have to try Rocky Mountain oysters. I am no Anthony Bourdain.

Whenever I travel to a city that has a Chinatown, I like to have a meal or two there. I am not looking for anything fancy. Simply, the restautants there that serve the locals have better cuisine than the typical Chinese place in every town. The two dishes that I usually have are duck noodle soup and crispy fried noodle. Years ago, in SF, I ate at a little place that had a large wok that one could see as he entered. The wok was sitting on a flame thrower of one million BTU/hr, no, make it a jet engine. The stir-fry that the cook produced from that wok was not something one could do at home.
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I am not aware of any fancy local cuisine in Portland.
Not sure, but I do know Portland is known for using locally grown, fresh ingredients.
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