Thursday, July 22, 2021

St. John's Bridge

In the 17 years that I have been coming to Portland, I have never been to the St. John's Bridge and Cathedral Park. I figured, no time like the present and drove up the river to see this local icon. 
The bridge is a gorgeous gothic suspension bridge across the Willamette River. It's the only bridge of its kind in the valley and when it was built it was the longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi River.  It's a stunning piece of architecture with a beautiful park along the base and the river flowing along underneath. Glad I finally got here!

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Japanese Gardens

One of my favorite places in Portland is the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park. A tranquil paradise overlooking downtown I think I have been there on every visit. Last week, on a perfect PDX summer day I wandered around and took in the serenity.
Such a lush paradise. Some paths were closed due to COVID to avoid crowding, but all my favorite spaces were accessible and as beautiful as I remembered. It was fun to be there again after watching the Top Chef Portland episode they filmed there too - I kept thinking "I'm standing where Tom and Padma stood!"

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Monday, July 19, 2021

The Good. The Random. The Fun. v. 29

The Good:
Noam is home from camp!! So good to see this (now giant!!) goober!!

The Random:
But, can I walk on it...?

The Fun:
We went kayaking on the Willamette River! A two hour padel around Ross Island under perfect summery blue skies. 

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Scav Hunt Sunday: Chocolate and Cherries

 Letters:
If 'Plan A' doesn't work out, there are 25 other letters to choose from.

Skyline:
That NYC sky, it never gets old.

 Colors:
Another fun area mural. 

Tasty:
Gorgeous fresh cherries, a tasty part of summer!

Chocolate:
Trader Joe's chocolate oat-cream popsicles are clutch in the heat waves.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

July Randoms v. 1

giant geode...countdown candles...summer plants
cherry season...go crazy...patriotic sprinkles
firework display...tower reflected...immersive art
patriotic pinwheels...oculus ceiling...purple fluffballs
chocolate popsicle...garden views...garden refletions
white hydrangeas...colorful tunnel...hudson sunset
o'hare tunnel...pdx carpet...family time
pdx coffee...pdx transportation...tired dog
happy birthday...train time...uplifting sidewalk

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

PDX Time

It's so good to be back in Portland. The weather has been divine, chilly mornings and banner summer afternoons. It's been a chill mix of family time and relaxing adventures and tasty PNW coffee. 
It was Ronan's birthday on Tuesday. 8!? Unclear how that happened. He spent the day playing hooky from camp with mom and me. We had a sushi lunch date, played with his remote controlled car in a local park, lots of time playing with his new legos, and a small bday with home made cake. 

A perfect start to an overdue family vacation!

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