I'm sure we'd all be honored by little K's presence. What fun!!!
I wrote a looonnnng detailed post here last night and then lost it with my stupid [email protected]
@$# computer which desperately needs a tuneup or something, it's an All Stall model. I was trying to find a website to the Portland rose gardens. Ta-Da... Would be wonderful, except, of course, it is March. However we're hitting Spring already, the birds are in full spring breeding colors, they say, and that it is odd. So, maybe you'll have a flower or two. (Portland runs its famous Rose Parade in May.)
Let's see.... so I mentioned the weather.. I can't remember all my lost thoughts, but let's see... in Portland, just across the street from the rose gardens -- which will, as I say, not be at their best, is a wonderful Japanese garden. I read or heard that it was one of the five best in the country, though I have no idea how that is determined. It surely is wonderful, not one really but five gardens of different designs, all Japanese, all amazing. We were there in a rainstorm and it was fabulous. I think they offered us umbrellas, but we had some large golf umbrellas and strolled along absolutely serene. I hope you can go visit. It is high on a hill and there are views across Portland.
Multnomah Falls is another amazing place... in fact, the entire Columbia Gorge would be a great way to see how the landscape here changes from wet, hilly and maritime to dry, rolling prairie-type hills. Quite surprising. It would be a daytrip from Portland to the Sam Hill Museum east about 90 miles or so, on the Washington side of the Columbia. Here's a website for this area... bring your long lens, there are fabulous views all the way!
The Maryhill Museum is nicely described here, except they didn't mention the incredible doll collection nor the amazing chess sets. Expect nothing from the restaurant and you will not be disappointed:
and here are some pictures. The estate has the unfortuanate claim to havng a full size replica of Stonehenge as it was with all (concrete) stones upright, EXCEPT they didn't align it properly. sigh
It is a great daytrip, maybe the best. Other cool spots in Portland... the riverfront walk, the Peace Plaza, Rose's Deli (good Jewish contingent in Portland), all the confusing bridges, the many one-way streets and the Oregon Coast.
Omigod. The Oregon Coast. I must find a website about THAT!!!
(OK -- he was goofy... but aren't you glad to know about the tunnel?)
The Pacific strand running along Cannon Beach's 3 1/2 miles is a luminous stage, framed on the north end by the "Bird Rocks" and to the south by the monoliths of Silver Point. A walk along the beach is always a visual treat, with its vistas of ocean, mountains and rugged coastal outcroppings.
Best in the mist, gorgeous even in full sun!