We’re up in Portland, the land of the earth-tone hoodies. It’s incredible up here. The people smile and say “hello” on the streets, trees intermingle with the city buildings, musicians talk to each other without pretension, bouncers are polite, and the beer is AWESOME!!! Another nice feature of the town: No cops knocking on the RV door for the 6:00 am skidaddle.

In an area where we don’t yet have somewhere to roost, we need to rely on the kindness and understanding of strangers to allow us to park on their street in front of their house. We understand. No one wants to grab their morning cup of coffee and Wednesday paper, sit down at their breakfast nook, look out the window and see the view normally reserved for backpacked children playing and laughing on the morning haul to school occupied by a giant, sloppy redneck-mobile. Much less, OUR particularly sloppy redneck-mobile. For our part, we respect the residents by not running the generator and keeping potential nuisances, like rehearsing, in the parking lots or other open areas. And we never stay in front of the same house for more than one night, unless otherwise invited.

Most times, we get one or more local law enforcement representatives knocking on the door at an inconvenient hour (considering our schedules) and telling us to move along. Even then, once they find out what we’re doing, they tend to be pretty cool and even offer suggestions on places where we are less likely to be hassled. That being said, we’ve spent two nights in Portland thus far, both on fairly nice residential neighborhoods in front of people’s houses without a single police officer or even a single dirty look. It’s as though this town understands and empathizes with our plight. So far, we’ve felt a quiet brotherhood emanating from the soul of the city. Our opinion may change, but for now, this town is wonderful.

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4 thoughts on “Guerrilla Parking in PDX

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  1. rock mama 9 years ago

    wow…..how interesting the looks must be at times when you pull up and park…does etta help??…she must be such an incredible tiny ambassador of good will and luvies. i am so glad that you understand the importance of kindness and brotherly love in these neighborhood situations….so many citizens act out all of their anger in moments when they are “unwanted”…..like they just expect everyone to accept their plight or their “freedom” and make immediate adjustments….when people don’t accept them……they get ornery and beligerant about it……i say “blessings upon blessing to you for just keeping your hearts right and your heads right and moving on with the right attitudes”…you never know where you will end up, but God, the wonderful Creator knows exactly all of that ahead of time and will keep you safe and direct your paths….I am so grateful for your “level headedness”……be safe, be genuine, be yourselves my darlings……..mama.

  2. Hootknocker 9 years ago

    Break out the GPS, go find the nearest Walmart,. They welcome overnight campers in their lots knowing you’ll come in for an egg mcmuffin and any other supplies when the store opens.

  3. Starbuck 9 years ago

    Actually, we’ve found the Walmart thing to be a fallacy. Kinda. Walmart is usually cool with it, but since they tend to share the parking lot with other businesses, the other businesses can and usually do kick you out if you try to park overnight. HOWEVER, Sam’s Club usually owns the entire lot in front of their store, and we haven’t run into problems with them. So the Walmart thing is a hit or miss, but in our experience it’s usually been a miss.

  4. Caria 9 years ago

    I got curious and looked it up. The Walmart website has a list of where overnight parking is prohibited. (Im guessing because the list of allowed spots is bigger?). So that sounds about right, for both of the above statements. 😀 I checked my areas two Walmart locations and BOTH Salinas and Marina are on it, so Im glad that we can provide a safe little haven in front of our place for you and yours.


    According to their website, you are supposed to contact individual store managers ahead of time! 😀