We really enjoyed our time in Portland. Aimee had been there before but it was the first time for Emery, Sofia and me. The Japanese Garden is wonderful. I was amused when looking for a picture of the “deer chaser” in the garden (I had somehow not taken a picture even though I enjoyed it so much) that a blogger had taken photos of almost identical vignettes (although his, I have to admit, were better). I’ve concluded that that is a tribute to the talented garden designer(s) who understand almost better than anyone how our eyes and mind work together to compose pictures. I’d bet there are a million nearly identical photographs of the beautiful crane sculptures.
We also just enjoyed the feeling of Portland. It’s cool without trying too hard and the scale is still human despite its standing as a world-class city. I think I could happily live there.