Most of you know that I’m a flight attendant, so when I’m not traveling for my blog, I’m traveling for work.  A few months ago, I had a layover in Portland, Oregon and I was very excited.  However, I got a big surprise when we arrived at our hotel across the river in Vancouver, Washington instead of downtown Portland.

At first, I was upset because I was looking forward to bringing home some Voodoo Donuts for myself and my husband but I have to admit, I had a great time.  I didn’t do much besides walk around town but that was enough for me to see how beautiful it was.

As I wandered the city, I learned that Vancouver, Washington is the original Vancouver.  Established in 1846 (incorporated in 1857), this city once served as the main hub for the fur trade in the Pacific Northwest and a command post for the military.  A lofty 29 years later, the Canadian city of Vancouver was finally born.

Here is a photo essay of my afternoon in Vancouver, Washington!