On the Way to Portland

16 Aug

We saw a lot of random signs that said “ELK” or “ROCKS”

And discovered that there is a town called “Drain.”

29 Responses to “On the Way to Portland”

  1. Kristen August 16, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    If you think that’s good, you should try driving through Wyoming. πŸ™‚

  2. Debbie M. August 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    I had to look up Drain, OR because I was very curious about the name. Turns out Drain was the last name of the city’s first mayor, John Drain. In case anyone else was wondering too:)

  3. Jake Brownson August 16, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    Wow I live in Portland

  4. Jenni August 16, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Welcome to Oregon Jorge!! I’ll wave as you drive by the Lake Oswego exit from I-5 πŸ˜‰

  5. jeannie cave August 17, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    Looks like your road trip indeed ‘rocks’

  6. Claudia August 17, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    You guys are just having the best trip.
    I am loving sharing it!

  7. LSE August 17, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    I just sat here thinking up various town mottos for Drain. If one wanted to be rude, there are so many unfortunate options. Still, it’s probably a beautiful place! I love Oregon.

  8. Mary August 17, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    Around the area where I live there are a lot of signs that say “Beware of Falling Rock.” I assume there’s only one.

  9. MARTA(BcN) August 17, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    ufff el viaje ha sido de lo mas divertido no?? I love the towns with funny names or curious names, any new about alcatraz??? I hope see it soon in spain!! hugssssss!!! xxx

  10. LUANN RUCKER August 17, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Sounds like you are having fun. My daughter and i always look for what we call ” a wacky” whenever we drive some where. And the winner being the one who can spot the most. Sounds like you would beat us easily……Haha

  11. Jacque Sue Roycroft August 17, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    I used to live in Portland..I loved it..but the general feeling of most of them is..come…have fun..spend money..then get the hell out of here.

  12. Donna August 17, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    The weirdest name of a town I’ve ever seen was Toad Suck in Arkansas. We were using a TomTom and it took us on what I assume was the shortest routes but definitely not the fastest.
    I live in Northern Washington and would love to show you the sights. Not to be missed is Deception Pass Bridge.

  13. Alan August 17, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    You’re traveling through Oregon at the best time of year to do so, weather-wise. Welcome! We haven’t even hit 90 degrees this year in the Portland area. It’s nice to see you seeing things so familiar to me. We have some great town names, like Drain, as you saw. Then there’s ones like Boring and Talent…

    As for those “Elk” and “Rocks” signs… well, you just have to live here long enough to have heard of multiple terrible accidents when cars are hit and sometimes crushed by falling rocks. And there are thousands of elk and deer hit by cars each year, some of them fatal for those in the vehicle. Those signs are there to tell you to slow down and keep a watchful eye for a four-legged friend ready to leap in front of you. (Like this one in Alaska just posted by a friend of mine: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/6044899696_89413f18e5.jpg)

    Happy Trails!

  14. Donna Siano August 17, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    Once again Very cool!! Thanks for the update of your trip. Donna

  15. pamelalovescharlie August 17, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    LOL…when we traveled to Gettysburg, PA, we stopped in Intercourse…it’s a little Amish town near Bird-in-Hand…beautiful countryside, strange names πŸ˜€

  16. Lori August 17, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Sounds like you are taking the scenic route through our wonderful state. Hello and a big welcome from Eugene, OR!

  17. Jeff August 17, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Watch your pups! Dog thefts are up by nearly a third…according to various new sources.

    • Jeff August 17, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      news sources…not new sources.

  18. Cheryl August 17, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Ha,….we live here in Oregon. WELCOME!!! Let us know if you need anything. Glad to see you are having such great weather as well. Have a good rest of the trip!

  19. Uncle Walts Niece August 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Wasn’t it GREAT to not have to pump your own gas in Oregon ?

    We stayed in Beaverton…

  20. LorieK August 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    That is such a pretty drive between Coos Bay and Drain…the rock sign is funny. I was recently on a trip and saw “fallen rock” signs. Keep having a great trip!

  21. chrisa August 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Hola Jorge, I live in the portland metro area, if you need any tips I can give you some of the inside info that we dont normally share with strangers.
    HAHA. Holler hello when pass us, I will leave my windows open so I can hear ya.

  22. Kitty August 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    Hi Jorge, are you still in the Portland area? If you are, and you’re in search of some vegetarian-friendly restaurants, here’s a list that was put together by the local nonprofit organization Northwest VEG:


    Hope you enjoy your time passing through town! Any questions, let me know.

  23. Karrie August 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    I live in Portland- WELCOME! You should go to Voodoo Doughnuts while your here as well as some of the local microbreweries!

  24. Erin August 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    All together now: Why is Oregon so wet? Because there’s only one Drain! hahahahaha. My dad is from Coos Bay, and that is his favorite Oregon joke. Glad you enjoyed my state! *waves hello from Portland*

  25. Val August 17, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    I used to live just outside Portland. Oregon also has a town named Boring! πŸ™‚ Drive safely and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

  26. devonellington August 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I am going to have to name a town “Drain” in one of my books. That’s just too good not to use!

    Totally off-topic, our family got a new kitten,all black, named Tessa. We still mourn Elsa, but it’s been nearly a year, and the two remaining hellions need a referee. Tessa may be small and young, but she stands up for herself. And so, the integration process begins . . .

    • J. Potter August 27, 2011 at 9:11 am #

      Drain!! Which is right up the road from Elkton (guess where it got its name?), where I have many relatives. In fact Oregon is full of my family members. Looks like you had a great trip! And were blessed with good weather, not always a sure thing in Oregon in the summer.

      Happy trails!

  27. Connie Ostlund October 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Come back to Oregon Jorge! There is sooo much to see here in this wonderful beautiful and altogether quirky state! We love our vegan and veggie folks!

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