Portland, Oregon may not be the most popular spring break destination for college students, but Emily and I decided to explore the rainy city anyway. We arrived last Saturday, and started off the trip with Portland’s Saturday Market. The market has dozens of vendors selling food, art, and knick knacks. We also wandered around the city, went to Powell’s Books, and got our first doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts. The doughnut shop is known for its wacky doughnuts, and is a must for visitors. On Sunday, Emily and I got up bright and early, ate another doughnut, and took a series of three buses from Portland to Mt Hood. The plan was to hike or snowshoe the mountain, but instead, we spontaneously decided to ski. Emily had only been skiing once before, so I taught her the basics. The trails were absolutely beautiful, and the conditions were incredible. The combination of fresh powder, breathtaking views, and challenging trails made it the best skiing I’ve ever experienced. On Monday, we headed to Washington Park. There, we toured the World Forestry Center, which is a museum of the forests of the Pacific Northwest and of the world. After leaving the museum, we hiked through the Hoyt Arboretum and the International Rose Test Garden. After emerging from the park on the other side of Portland than where we started, we got lunch and another doughnut. We also took the Portland Aerial Tram to get a view of the city. On Tuesday we went to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The museum has many interactive exhibits, and we enjoyed spending a few hours there. We also stopped at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After grabbing one last round of Voodoo doughnuts, we hopped on a train up to Washington.