Furrylittlegnome Heads Out West – Part Deux


Next stop:  Portland, Oregon.

Founded in 1851, Portland, Oregon is located in the Northwestern part of the United States.  While many travelers flock to this major city, furrylittlegnome wanted to run for the hills!  Downtown Portland, in gnome’s eyes, seemed a little seedy and a throughback to the 1960’s – a time she wasn’t alive in.  Barely on the ground, a homeless man wanted to sell her a used set of steak knives for a mere ten dollars.  Another man said gnome was the shortest but most adorable thing he had ever seen. 

With FLG’s opening lines, one would conclude this trip was disastrous, but if you literally leave downtown, and run for the hills, it truly is another world. 

Case in point:  Washington Park.  Just minutes from downtown Portland is this wonderful playground with 400 acres of trees and a spectuclar view.

Washington Park in Portland, OregonWashington Park in Portland, Oregon

 

 

 

 

The International Rose Test Garden was a highlight even though the roses were not in bloom.  It was a tranquil and delightful sight.International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon

International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon

Next door was the Japanese Garden.
  After the main entrance, furrylittlegnome got to see how a bamboo fence is made!Bamboo Workshop at the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon
Bamboo Workshop at the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon

Unfortunately, gnome did not hang around long enough to see the finished product!  She needed to see the Japanese Garden…

The Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon

The Japanese Garden in Portland, OregonThe Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon

The Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon

The Japanese Garden in Portland, OregonWait, there is more from furrylittlegnome.  She has saved the best photo, of this several part series, for last.  Within the Japanese Gardens is a spot where you can see downtown Portland.  And, behind the skyscrapers is a sight that needs no explanation:  Mount Hood!Mount Hood and the Portland, Oregon skyline

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13 Responses to Furrylittlegnome Heads Out West – Part Deux

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Thanks for the follow! Haven’t gotten down to Portland yet – I’m still pretty new to the northwest – and I look forward to seeing the Japanese Gardens.

  2. julespaige says:

    Indeed the best for last. Lovely.

  3. I just love japanese gardens! They’re always so beautiful!

  4. julespaige says:

    I once grew reed grass, a relative of bamboo. We had fun with that, but then the trees around it cut off the sun…and perhaps we ‘harvested too much’. My one son made Atlatlals (sp?)- a weapon he learned about in High School while studying ancient tribal cultures. Basically a pole weapon that you throw. He got quite good at it too.

  5. Rahburt says:

    I hope to make it to Oregon one day 🙂

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