Sunday, June 17, 2018

Woodlawn Cemetery


Not far along the road from the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery is Woodlawn Cemetery. Lots of ground-level markers here although the one above has an interesting addition of stone/cement boots.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery


Now that it finally beginning to act like spring time (since summer is almost upon us), we've had enough sunshine and lack of rain to make a trip into a grassy cemetery possible. Quite a different experience from such visits in Australia. There, the burial fields seldom have much grass or rain. Here, everywhere is a lawn, well manicured and cared for.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Rusty Relics in Monroe


This past weekend, we went to Monroe, a few miles away to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. First, I must clarify a bit of confusion. The Washington State Fair is held in Puyallup, away south of Seattle. So, must because this is indeed the Evergreen State, the state fair is not held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Think of it more like one of the many showgrounds found in Australia. It is a place for events, including a country fair.

The event this past weekend was Rustly Relics, an antique and junk exhibition.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Lan Su Chinese Garden


Our last stop on the tour of Portland took us the solitude of the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Actually, it wasn't very quite since it was pretty full of people.

Monday, June 04, 2018

Pittock Mansion


A visit to the Pittock Mansion takes us to the highest point in the city. From here we get a good view of the surrounding areas.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

A golden Korean fir tree putting out cones for the summer.



 Of course, it is only PNW summer now seeing as how it is still in the 60’s #NoBetterLife4Us.

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The International Rose Test Garden


Wouldn't be a trip to the City of Roses without I show you a few roses, now would it? A stop on our city tour took us to Washington Park to sample the International Rose Test Garden. Here we found oodles of roses of every size, shape, and color.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

The Willamette River


We signed on to a half-day tour of Portland to get a feel for the place. Our first stop was by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on the banks of the Willamette River. While there was no time to visit the large, modern museum (we will certainly need to return for an extended visit), we did get to walk down to the river to see the city and a few of the many bridges.