Hey everybody! I spent the last weekend in Portland, Oregon, which is a city I’ve been wanting to visit for AGES. I really didn’t know what to expect from the weekend, but I was impressed at how much nature we were able to soak up while based in the city.
The Japanese Garden and International Rose Garden were up on a hill in Washington park, only a few minutes away from downtown.
Mid July is definitely the time to visit the roses, because almost all of them were in bloom. I know nothing about flowers, but it was definitely nice to look at them.
The next day, we drove out to the Columbia River Gorge and took a short hike up to some falls. I wasn’t wearing proper hiking shoes at all, but the time in the forest and seeing the waterfall made up for the shin splints later on. We walked around the Pearl District after coming back into town, but I was too busy looking at shoes to take photos of that.
And in case you thought I was done with gardens, we also visited the Lan Su Chinese garden, which is literally in the middle of Portland’s Chinatown. The best part was that there was a tea house where I got some steamed buns… but I guess the plants were pretty too.
Not pictured: the yoga class I took Sunday morning and how full my suitcase was on the way home because of shopping.
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