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Exploring Portland

Monday, July 30, 2012

The second entry for our Northwest tour. This is a wonderful way to make a scrapbook, no gluing required, and you're welcome to come along.

I woke early the first full day, no doubt because of the two hour time difference and went down to the restaurant to have coffee, lest I wake my DH. The waitress commented that I was reading, and suggested a pilgrimage to Powell's Books there in Portland.We traded book suggestions. I suggested "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, the first book of Oprah's 2.0 book club, and "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet, an oldie but goodie. By the way, before we left, Oprah sent me a gift wrapped, autographed copy of "Wild", as well as a card that she signed when I left a comment on her book club website. Cool!

Our agenda for the day was to visit my nephew, his wife, and our new grand nephew. Driving through Portland was interesting: such lush vegetation! Even moss on the roofs of houses.
I always enjoy experiencing different climate zones. And the temperature! In the seventies. Heaven after the heat and humidity at home.

I had thus far only seen pictures of Julius and read posts about him, and thought it was time that we meet in person. Of course he is darling, and a bundle of energy. My best analogy is a little water "skeeter", scooting about in perpetual motion.
There were a few instants when he was still:

We took a trip to the farmer's market which was wonderful. What a profusion of fruits, vegetables and fun!

Can you believe the size of those artichokes?

Lots of local vendors with all kinds of delicious... healthy foods.

Portland must be the berry capitol of the world.
Enormous, so plentiful and reasonably priced. Julius was just days away from walking on his own, so we spent quite a bit of time tooling around the sidewalk with him suspended by two hands. Whenever he saw someone with berries, he made a bee-line and opened his mouth. He was extremely successful in his berry panhandling, and the donors were absolutely delighted to oblige.

Being a flower lover I was stunned by the bloom profusion. People were selling gorgeous bouquets for five dollars. Amazing.

And I was only wishing that there had been some way to bring back some of the lavender, there were gargantuan bundles for a pittance. But we travel light, one bag each with a small carry on. No room.

It was a good introduction to Portland, enjoyed by all.
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