We have a car, just one to share, but because parking is $125 a month, and public transportation in Portland is just dandy, we're going to consider selling the car at some point. That's a big one, letting go of one's own wheels, so no rushing into it. First we'll take some time to explore letting the streetcars, busses, and Max trains drive us around.
Our first big trek took us all the way out to the zoo, which we both had really mixed feeling about. Vegans aren't supposed to support zoos, and I'll talk more about that over at Positively Vegan at some point. For now I'll just say that I loved the zoo so little that I wasn't inspired to take even a single photo. The transportation experiment however, was most encouraging. So much so that we hopped right back out there the next day to do some shopping.
|Who watches Portlandia? They even put a bird on it... ;o)|
The streetcar is just a block away from our door, and for $1 each we can ride to our heart's content for 2 hours. A $5 day pass is just that, and all day ticket that gets us on all of the public transit going all over town. It's rather magnificent. Our first stop was Target, where we picked up a bike lock for Rick, and a few other little things. After grabbing coffee at Starbuck's in the Target lobby - where they're test marketing coconut milk, hooray! - we walked to Whole Foods for dinner provisions, then caught the streetcar back home from the stop nearest Powell's Books and Anthropologie.
|Powell's City of Books is doing some remodeling. It's going to be better than ever, and no more leaky roof!|
Portland is definitely a shopping friendly town. It would be easy to get carried away, but we were careful to bring only as many bags as we could carry home. It's a good practice that keeps us from buying things we don't need, and also offers the opportunity to forage for fresh veggies and things every couple of days. We have no space for stocking up on anything, and a Costco membership would be a waste of time.
Now that we've found out that the streetcars run until 11:30 most nights, we'll also be making use of them for our evenings out. Do we need a car? We don't know. But for me, someone who does't really like to drive anyway, this whole public transit idea is just pure wonderfulness.