We woke up to an early breakfast. We are staying at a B&B in Portland, and the house smelled so delicious! So nice to wake up to a full breakfast made just for you. Our stay included free day passes for Portland’s great public transit system. We left the SV parked. The first day on the whole trip it didn’t move! It almost happened in Seattle, but then I needed a haircut.
We love riding, but sometimes dealing with the ATGATT gear when playing tourist can be a pain. Yes, we could have seen more city by riding, but we chose to experience it on the busses and trains instead. I think it is a nice way to get a feel for a place as a local.
We took the bus into the downtown area and walked around for a bit. We both wanted to visit Washington Park, so we hoped the first train heading that way. The park has a nice shuttle that runs around inside of it as well, so we didn’t have to hike between the different parts. It is a huge park. There are hundred of acres to explore. We made a bee-line for the Japanese Garden as it had come highly recommended by several people who know more about these things that us.
We caught one of the free tours just as we arrived and got some learning for the next four-five minutes or so. The tour was nice as it helped me appreciate some of the more subtle aspects of the park like where some of the stone came from. Why the paths were not straight for example, so the viewer spends more time looking around enjoying the park as the path twists and turns.
The park was a very relaxing and serene place. I could have easily spent all day there enjoying the calmness, but our stomachs were telling us it was time to go find food! We hoped the bus back into downtown and feasted on some tasty food before continuing to explore.
We didn’t get to see as much as we wanted and could easily spend a few more days here, but we got to get the taste we were hoping for on a very relaxed pace.
Mt Hood is just poking out of the clouds in the center.
We liked this mural
and thought this sign was funny.
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Tomorrow some blogger meetups!
thanks for the tip William, enjoy the video.
Video: Portland Japanese Gardens