On Saturday, I headed out of town early in the morning. I was bound for Portland. Actually, I was bound for a two-day intensive Photoshop class called Blogshop (which was NOT cheap but WAS really cool and a good investment into my professional skillset).
It’s pretty rare that I make it up to Portland, like surprisingly rare. Everyone assumes that Portland is the hub of the state of Oregon and all the non-Portland residents are constantly making the pilgrimage to the city to get their fill of culture and food and urban life. While this may be true for some, I’m more of a homebody, and apparently I don’t need much culture beyond the small-town life + the internet. That said, Portland neighborhoods are pretty awesome, and I always enjoy myself when I’m in the big city.
This particular trip I took solo, and the whole thing felt pretty indulgent. I left Henry and the kids behind for the first time ever. I knew they would be fine without me, but it was weird to be away from home without them.
I spent Saturday night and Sunday morning with our friends Nate, Cal, and Jasper in their super cute NE bungalow with a crazy jungle of a yard.
On Sunday morning, we took a quick walk down to Peninsula Park. I somehow talked my hosts into posing for a couple quick photos, and they came out great. These three lovely folks are so cute.
I feel so lucky to have such welcoming friends.
The neighborhood around Peninsula Park is full of strangely out of place English cottages. They’re kind of cute but kind of weird.
All the yards and gardens in the neighborhood were blooming beautifully. I especially appreciated the many parking strip vegetable patches full of kale, cilantro, and carrots.
Portland is definitely a big city for someone like me, but the neighborhoods are teeming with trees and other greenery.
Eight-year-old Jasper found this spider in a rosemary bush and really wanted me to take a photo of it. Jasper is a cool kid.
I didn’t get a whole lot of time to explore and appreciate the city because I was staring at a computer for most of two days, but what I did get a chance to see and do was very pleasant. Maybe I should make an effort to visit the city more often.