Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Vacation Starting Point: Portland

Our vacation this summer involved flying into Portland, picking up a rental car, and heading up to Seattle. From there, we followed the coast all the way down to Monterey, CA and back up to San Francisco from which point we caught our flight home.

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The first thing we did in Portland after getting off the plane was attend their famous Saturday Market along the river. The day was gorgeous and perfect for wandering around the riverfront.

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A stop at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop (they also have a blog) netted knitting supplies to take home: Fibranatura yarn made from sea kelp in the color Sea Song, needles, cute sheep markers, and a lovely project bag.

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As soon as the sun came up the next morning, we were out the hotel door and off to see Washington Park with its Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and Holocaust Museum.

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This idyllic little spot in the Japanese Garden was exquisite. Also found were Zen gardens for which I have a great fondness.

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We drove along the Historic Columbia River Highway to see Chanticleer Point, Crown Point, Shepperds Dell, Latourell, Wahkeena, and Multnomah Falls along our way to see the famous Columbia Gorge.


Our road trips always involve purchasing a cooler and picnic supplies. Finding a beautiful spot to stop and have a picnic lunch is part of our fun. At the end of the trip, we clean the cooler and offer it to someone at the hotel or rental car agency.

12 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

So... THAT's where you've been! Looks like a wonderful trip June -- I'm looking forward to hearing more. And what a fantastic idea with that cooler -- once again, you're a genius!

Jill said...

I trust there will be lots more pics and details about your wonderful trip?????

Sea song - what a great name for a yarn :0)

And, me likey your new project bag v.much.

Jill x

Mommy, I'm Home said...

What a fun trip! I love the Oregon coast. It's so beautiful!

Sandy said...

Small World Junie. I was just there this past weekend. I too went to Saturday Market and Multnomah Falls. Looks like we visited the falls on the same day because it was raining. Hope you're enjoying your vacation and that you had fun in Portland. I enjoy reading your blog!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Welcome back June! I like your "give away" cooler tradition.

We drove down the CA coast a few years ago from San Francisco to Monterey! Such wonderful scenery along the way.
We are going to San Francisco and Yosemite this summer ...we can't wait!

Storybook Woods said...

Akkk I forgot you were heading to my neck of the woods. I was going to wave hi across the sound !!!! clarice

rohanknitter said...

It sounds so wonderful, I would love to take a trip like that....I hope we'll hear more details!

suz said...

Those gardens are beautiful. The cooler is a great idea. We use them when we travel around home, but I never thought about when we fly somewhere.

greetingarts said...

June, I know I've said this before, but the world is a better place with you and your husband in it. Glad you had a great vacation.

Kristie said...

Beautiful photos; I especially love the one of you and Dub. I hope you had lots of fun!

Cat said...

Welcome back you were missed.


Hugs!!!!

Glenda said...

After reading your post, I feel as if I've been on vacation --- well, kinda. But it was refreshing...and I love you already because you like beautiful things...and give coolers away. Kindness ripples. Mark me as a new reader...