You know that giant lake near Seattle? No, I’m not talking about Lake Washington. I’m talking about Lake Sammamish! Yeah, that other one further to the right on the map. Turns out it’s pretty awesome!
You know what else is awesome? A beautiful Japanese Garden with bridges and koi ponds and bells and waterfalls…all for the low, low admission price of: FREE. That’s right. Zero. Zip. Nada. Kubota Garden is a MUST STOP on any Seattle trip.
We also took the ferry over to Vashon Island. Gotta admit: there’s not much to do there for tourists. But the beach was pretty.
Finally, I made it back to Portland—on a train this time! Nice.
Season 6, Episode 5
Essential Life with Jared is a vlog series all about adventure in Portland & the Pacific Northwest…and discovering wonder and meaning in the every day. It’s about finding your own way and never walking somebody else’s path. It’s about living a creative life which expresses what’s uniquely you.
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For my daughter's birthday, we had a blast eating pancakes at Cheryl's downtown, shopping at Pioneer Place, visiting Keller Fountain Park, and exploring the stunning Japanese Garden at Washington Park. What a fun day in Portland, Oregon!
So the children thought it would be fun to be interviewed about their YouTube
& gaming aspirations…but then they turned the tables on ME! Mayhem ensues, and then…well,
I have no idea what THAT was at the end…
I thought I was taking an Amtrak train from Portland to Seattle, like I had done before. I was wrong…the train was delayed and they threw me on a bus instead! Not cool…BUT it did still get me to Seattle in a reasonable timeframe. From there I headed off to work at WeWork, visit the Seattle Waterfront, and meet up with my bro. Next day Shayne and I got to see some stunning views of Snoqualmie Falls, as well as visit a beautiful country lake in the town of Kent, WA.
I had a FANTASTIC time boating out on the river…my first time even after having lived here for several years! Also don't miss the gorgeous sunset views the kids and I got to see overlooking Portland's South Waterfront. Breathtaking!
Portland boasts many fine bridges which span the Willamette River, and Tilikum Crossing is no exception. Named after the local Chinook word for people, and opened to the public in 2015, Tilikum Crossing was the first new bridge built in the region since 1973’s Fremont Bridge, and it’s notable for being the first major American bridge to be designed for public transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians—but not automobiles.
Welcome back to my YouTube channel! Kickstarting the next vlog series…a casual record of my life in Portland, Oregon on a regular basis and finding a path forward after a very difficult last two years. In the back half of the episode, I explore the Molalla River Recreation Area!