Summer Issue 2016

The Portland Ice Cream Mega List!

Avoid Those Long Ice Cream Lines by Visiting These Local Shops.

The Definitive Ranking of Ice Cream Flavors

(That Also Happens to Be Inarguably Correct)

Portland's Top Boozy Smoothies

Our Picks of the City's Best Alcoholic Slushies

Summer Wines Make Me Feel Fine

The Best Summer Wines and Where to Drink Them

Subterranean Bars for the Sun-Phobic.

Hate the Sun? Drunk? Have We Got the List for You!

Summer Patio Roundup

A Few of Portland's Best Patios for Sippin' and Sunnin'

The Stoner Games

Perfect Summer Games to Play Under the Influence of Weed

Into the Wilderness with Outdoor Afro

Inviting African Americans Back to Nature

Tube Tips for Summer Floating

Hit the River with Confidence

Is a Travel Trailer Right for You?

It's Like Bringing Your House with You

Camping for the Not-So-Adventurous

A Quick and Dirty Guide of Close Spots to Camp

Cliff Jumping: How to Have Fun (and Stay Alive)

The Dos and Absolute DON'TS of Swim Spot Jumping

IF YOU HATE CAMPING, but feel guilty about not camping, you're not alone. A travel trailer could be the answer to your summer camping woes—especially if you want to sleep in a reasonable facsimile of a bed, escape the rain, and not make midnight journeys to the scariest public toilets in the world. But there are things to consider:

1. You need a vehicle that can pull it. If you have an SUV or truck, check your owner's manual to see how much weight your rear axle can bear. The trailer will have a small, attached plate saying how much it weighs. If it's too heavy, find something lighter—like a pop-up trailer! Those are great, too.

2. Vintage trailers are great, but they're old. When checking out that cute retro Airstream or Shasta, look for water damage such as floor/wall rot, or leak marks on the ceiling. While fridges and stoves can be swapped out fairly easily, they're still expensive, so make sure they work. Also check for rusted or cracked frames, frayed electrical wires, and that the brake/running lights and propane systems are all in good working order.

3. Invest in trailer brakes. They are awesome for protecting the transmission of your vehicle (which tends to overheat while pulling a trailer), and safely stopping that two-ton hunk of metal that's just behind your rear window and going as fast as you are.

4. Make sure you have a place to park it. You won't be using it for 90 percent of the year, so if you're parking it on the street, you might want to clear it with your neighbors first.

5. Research! Just like buying a used car, don't purchase the first one you see. Check out a few to figure out what you like, and then research them to spot potential problems. Buyer checklists can be found online, and will help you purchase the perfect trailer with confidence (so you can finally... FINALLY... throw away those tents)!