With Scott in Phoenix for a few days, I set about exploring Portland. I was only here one other time, about 20 years ago, and it was much like I remembered, only bigger, and displaying all of the good and bad signs of urban expansion. One thing I really love about cities out here is that they have huge expanses of green space in the city. Portland’s Washington Park is over 400 acres and reminded me a lot of Stanley Park in Vancouver BC, with trails, forests, gardens and attractions. It was a great place to explore.
Enjoy the pics…
A huge highlight of Portland was getting to reconnect with a close friend from high school. Susan and I had been completely out of touch for 25 years, and had a great time catching up and rehashing a few old tales from the glory days!
Powell’s City of Books has to be the greatest independent bookstore in the world. Covering an entire city block and boasting over a million books, it is a place you could (and should) get lost in. I love the way they subcategorize and highlight staff favorites on the shelves. The Pirate section was a great example with subcategories including “Shiver Me Timbers” and “Avast”. I ended up leaving with a minute to spare on my parking meter and 4 more books to fit in the RV: Perfect Mile, The Oregon Trail, Jimmy Cater: A Full Life, and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. I never even made it to the fiction section!
The Rose Garden at Washington Park
Rainy day Pho! YUM!
The Japanese Garden, described at “nature in its most perfected form”.
Some of the leaves are turning already.
And of course, coffee! People here must run on coffee with so much rain, I know I would if I lived here. Anyway, this was a particularly lovely swan on my latte.
Scott is back now and we will be spending the next several days in Newport, OR, a little further down the coast.