Ah Portland, OR! Surprisingly, it's a location I never considered visiting until I read the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed and became a loyal admirer of her writing. When I discovered HeroConf was taking place in the hippie-living city I was pretty thrilled. Unfortunately, I spent about 95% of my time inside, but this was to be expected. I was just happy to get a taste of some local craft wine (we concluded that in Portland you can add “craft” in front of anything – craft beer, craft wine, craft gin, you get the gist).