The first iconic Portland spot we walked was NW 23rd Ave. Northwest 23rd Ave. is a hipster's shopping dream. Eclectic stores, great eateries, and fun people watching make this a unique Portland destination.
|NW 23rd Ave|
|Art on NW 23rd Ave in Portland, Oregon|
The plaque at the bottom of the memorial reads:
Erected by citizens of Oregon to commemorate the achievements of Captains Meriweather Lewis and William Clark who, with the encouragement and under the direction of the President of United States Thomas Jefferson, started from St. Louis May 14, 1804 and through many hardships penetrated the vast continental wilderness to the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River, and returning September 1806 gave to the pioneers a pathway and, to the nation, the Oregon Country. Begun 1904; Dedicated 1908
|Mt. Hood from Washington Park|
|Sacagawea leading Lewis and Clark|
|Lots to do in Washington Park|
|Climbing roses on a lamp post|
|Peachy rose perfection|
|International Rose Test Garden|
|Lovely lavender roses|
|Path to the Japanese Garden|
|Hostas in bloom|
|Rose arbor with a profusion of blooms|
|Roses on the rose arbor up close|
|Volksmarchers at Holocaust Memorial|
|Art pieces on the ground to commemorate|
possessions left behind when the Jews were rounded up.
|Pieces from a former life well lived.|
|Park Place home|
|Corner of Park Pl. and King Ave.|
|United States Court House|
|Voodoo Doughnuts sign|
|The line goes down 1/2 a block and winds back to the store.|
|One of downtown Portland's old churches|
From Voodoo Doughnuts it was a 1-1/2 mile walk back to the start/finish point. It took me exactly two hours for the 6.2 miles.
I drove home to mom's house and took a two-hour nap. My son Michael and I were heading out to play Laser Tag and have dinner in the afternoon. Little did I know we'd be playing six games of Laser Tag. That was a blast. Pun intended. The laser tag arena we went to was so much fun! One of Michael's friends, Gavin, met us there. By the end of six laser tag games after having walked 6.2 miles in the morning, I was pooped.
We were going to have dinner at Red Lobster, but it was Father's Day and the wait was 45 minutes. Another option was quickly decided upon. We would go somewhere that had a lot of restaurants in one area. If one had too long a wait, we'd try another. First choice: Red Robin. Wait time: 15 minutes. That's where we ended up. Had an excellent meal and reconnected with Michael. We went back to Mom's to watch some TV. I fell sound asleep in the recliner. When Michael got ready to leave they had a hard time waking me up! I was just done in.
Travel Bug out.