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Visit to Portland; and iris garden

Friday, May 10, 2019

I spent a few days in Portland Oregon. I visited my former next door neighbors, and a college friend. Then I met up with my friends Don and Hanne who are housesitting. All in all it was a very fun visit, and a welcome break.

The rhododendrons and azaleas were blooming. It was a riot of color. Here are a couple of photos from a friend’s hilly back yard.

Hanne and I hiked in Mount Tabor Park. It was quite an uphill hike, but the views were very worth it.

From the top, we saw downtown Portland to the west through the trees.

And to the east, we had a great view of Mount Hood.

My college friend is in very poor health. I appreciate that she wanted to see me and spend time with me. She does not have a firm diagnosis, but she has many chronic health conditions and told me she feels she is circling the drain. She has very little stamina so my visit was fairly short. With my former neighbors, I enjoyed playing music. She is a (currently unknown) composer, and it was fun trying some brand new songs that she is preparing for copyright.

On my return journey, I stopped at Schreiner’s iris Gardens, outside Salem. It was a beautiful display of gardens and flowerbeds. I had never visited before, and it was a treat.

I had a final short hike at a county park in the mountains, above a pool formed by the North Santiam River. I stopped there for a picnic lunch, and to have a break break the drive home.

All in all, it was a great trip filled with music, friends, flowers, and nature.

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    I can see your weight loss Alison...looking great!
    I love Irises! Those purple ones...Wow...gorgeous!
    Sorry your friend is so ill. Hope she gets help soon.
    Great hiking pics, as always! Love to hear about your trips! emoticon
    206 days ago
    I have been to those gardens too in Portland; incredibly beautiful! emoticon Glad to see you had
    such a wonderful time and thanks for the sweet memories!
    206 days ago
    Wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing. Makes me want to plant some irises.
    207 days ago
    Great life! Good for you! I love all the flowers.
    208 days ago
    Beautiful Iris. We just adore Mt. Tabor and the views! Was that Santiam County Park where you stopped? It is an amazing stretch of the river as it passes through a narrow gorge of four feet.
    So glad you had a nice visit with friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    208 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Your iris pictures are gorgeous....I’d have loved to join you at the Iris Gardens as it is my most favorite flower!! Sounds like your Portland visit was filled with fun activities...thanks for sharing! AND, by the way, you look fabulously healthy and happy!
    209 days ago
    Stunning scenery and beautiful flowers. You look so healthy and happy!!
    209 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    Looks like a great place and visit. It's been a long time since we visited that area.
    209 days ago
    It sounds like you had a wonderful trip and visit, Alison. The flowers are gorgeous!!! I an remember flying into Seattle in late May/early June and seeing such beautiful hanging flowers and gardens and everything looked so healthy and in full bloom and color. The climate must be perfect for optimum flower-growth.

    I saw the advertisement for the Oxygen-making tank which weighs just over 2# to carry and thought of Hanne again. It is called the Inogen and information can be found by contacting them at Their biggest selling-point is that you will NEVER run out of oxygen because it is being made from the air and stored in the tank. Hanne will never run out when she is hiking again. Just a thought...………….

    Your weight-loss is very evident...…………….You look so happy and healthy and slim.

    209 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/10/2019 9:53:40 PM
    Beautiful flowers and pics. You look terrific.
    209 days ago
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