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.