When I set this challenge I was only expecting photos, but I ended up getting hilarious commentary too! Bonus! Thanks Heather - I really enjoyed getting your email with the results!
1. Photo of the most awesome building in Portland.
It was a tie- only because I had 2 days to do the scavenger hunt and wanted to take a photo of the Trinity Broadcasting Building but saw it a few days before my mission. It's kind of out in the middle of nowhere and shaped like like a giant white clam. TBN was one of the 2 channels I got when I lived in Chico. I used to call it the God Channel because it had televangelists 24/7 but sometimes Mr. T would be a guest star. So the possibility that Mr. T was in the giant clam-shaped building makes it the most awesome building in Portland.
So the winner for #1 was The Bins Goodwill Outlet Store. OMG the bins!! It's really out in the middle of nowhere so you have to know where're you're going. I walked up a hill about a half a mile from the bus stop on the freeway and at the top of the hill saw this massive Walmart-sized building with a gazillion Goodwill trucks parked outside. There's an etiquette you have to learn by watching the regulars. If someone puts something down and they're still next to it, it's no longer theirs. If a cart is "abandoned", you have to yell "is this someone's cart?" twice. People stood in line waiting for a line of new bins to come out and everyone grabbed for something like a pinata for adults. I wished I could've bought a whole pile of robot kids toys and this weird skeleton animatronic hand but my suitcase was already full. The old guy in front of me in line bought 2 crab pots, a stand up arcade game and a pile of plaid clothes for $43 total.
2. Photograph of the yummiest looking pastry in Portland with a photo of the person who made it (or is at least selling it).
Easy. Vegan Donut with carob and coconut from Voodoo Dounut. It was the yummiest to me because I knew it wouldn't make me sick if I ate it. The person that made it was busy so this is the guy that sold it to me.
3. Photo of someone wearing a band tee shirt holding a sign that explains why they like that band.
nope. didn't find anyone. there was one guy at Shanghai Tunnels Pub in a Tight Bros shirt but he was gone when I got my camera.
4. One photo of what you had for breakfast, a photo of lunch and a photo of dinner (I love food)
Breakfast- Bijou Cafe. Short stack of oatmeal pancakes with organic maple syrup and marion berry syrup. They were some of the best pancakes I've ever had.
Lunch- Esperaza's. Wild Boar BBQ enchilada. They stopped making the ostrich enchiladas.
Dinner- Shanghai Tunnels Pub. Curry Noodle Bowl. Too spicy and too many onions. Everybody loves this place so I must have been there on an off night.
5. Photo of something that makes you happy.
Faces on trees. Pretty simple. I was on a solo hike in Washington Park and saw this tree. It made me smile and say "hello tree." I learned spending that much time alone makes me talk to trees.
6. Bonus set by Aaron: Photo of a Portland Native
No luck. It seemed like people had lived a few places before they came to Portland and weren't planning on staying for more than a few years.