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!
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For Father's Day, the kids "treated" me to a wonderful excursion to Lan Su Chinese Garden, a treasure of downtown Portland which exhibits one of the most authentic gardens outside of China itself. Enjoy the magnificent sights!
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.