Monday, June 18, 2012

ROSES + MOUNTAIN = BEAUTY!!!

Saturday, June 16 – Jeri and Terry, Just Wanderin', were gracious enough to spend another day sharing downtown Portland with us. What a GORGEOUS day to do some sightseeing. We began our adventure by strolling through the Portland Farmer's Market. It has been operating since 1974. It is in Portland's historic Old Town.

portland saturday market

It's fun to see the crafts and business ideas of local entrepreneurs.

Interesting…Himalaya food.himalayas cafe

There wasn't the fruits or vegetables that we saw at other markets, but there were plenty of booths spread out over several blocks of the city.

booths

Once again, we left a deposit in the local economy by purchasing a few items at the Farmer's Market.

Marsha looking at a possible purchase. Jeri cheers her on. Terry just isn't so sure.
marsha makes a purchase

This lady takes a mold of your face and then makes a mask. No thank you.
mask maker

There were entertainers all over the area.

We have no idea what this guy was playing, but he was very good.entertainer

Many readers recommended we stop at Voodoo Doughnut Shop. We stopped SEVEAL times, but the line was a mile long. The donuts must be good, but we'll have to take the word of readers or the smiles on the patrons faces as proof.

Voodoo doughnuts

We made a quick stop at Old Town/Chinatown. Not much there but the beautiful gate.

Chinatown

One of the highlights of the day was our visit to the International Rose Test Garden.

pink/red rose

A visit here quickly answers the question, “Why is Portland called “The City of Roses.” What a gorgeous display of roses!

purple roses

red roses

This is a new type of rose called the Terry and Jeri. So cute.
Terry and Jeri

There were thousands of beautiful and fragrant rose bushes displayed in an amazing setting overlooking the city with Mt. Hood in the background. Breathtaking!

mt hood

Marsha could definitely spend the entire day here. If you would like to see more of the gorgeous Rose Test Garden, please click here.

We are continuously delighted with Mt. Hood.

Mt. Hood

Being from Ohio, we are not use to “living with a mountain.” How wonderful to have it “keeping watch” over the city. The 11,245 mountain, Oregon's tallest peak, is still covered with snow. Mt. Hood is a dormant volcano believed to have been formed 11 to 14 million years ago. It has had at least four major eruptions over the last 15,000 years.

Love the clouds in front and around the mountain.Mt Hood watching over city.

The most recent eruption occurred shortly before the arrival of Lewis and Clark in 1805. It is home to 12 glaciers and is the source of five significant rivers, all of which drain to the Columbia River. It is one of the most frequently climbed glaciated mountains in the world.

beauty of Mt. Hood

If you haven't seen enough photos of Mt. Hood, click here for more of the beauty of this mountain.

Our last stop of the day was lunch at Who-Song & Larry's Restaurant & Cantina. Located on the banks of the Columbia River and at the foot of the Interstate bridge.

Who Song and Larry's

Interstate Bridge

Terry remembers this as the first bridge in the area over the Columbia River. We were fortunate to see it lift up for a passing barge. Neat!

DSC06567

DSC06568

We'll be seeing Jeri and Terry when we move to the Kelso, Washington, Elks Lodge tomorrow.

Sign for the day.
DSC06446

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!

17 comments:

  1. Again, I'm amazed that we have very similar pictures. How did that happen? However, I'm glad to discover that we both took a little different angle at writing up our Saturday adventures together. Mine's written but won't post for a couple days. It was a wonderful two days!! We have work to do today. Want to have real fun and lay carpet with us??? :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oregon and Washington are surely states we must visit. Not this year nor probably next. However we are planning Alaska for our 25th anniversary in 2014. So, then!

    Great sights you are seeing. Lucky you!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Looks like the weather has been a little better for you lately. The roses sure are pretty. We went through that area on the way to Alaska in 07 but didn't spend much time there. We need to go back. Great blog...

    ReplyDelete
  4. Great picture of Terry and Jeri. And such beautiful flowers. Glad you guys are having such a good time. But take a day off and relax.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Marsha, I can't believe you didn't get a face mold made - what an opportunity missed! Just think, you could get one made with your eyes wide open, put it on and then take a nap on the couch while appearing to be wide awake! I could use one of those.

    Great photos of Mt. Hood - it's a pretty spectacular sight from almost anywhere in the Portland area.

    Thanks for posting a few pics of Jeri and Terry too as now I can put a face to their names from Wanderin'.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Neat photos! You and Paul looked very cool on your friends blog post, too! You've had a good look at some of the wonderful things in that area. Glad the sun came out for you!

    ReplyDelete
  7. "World Rock Paper Scissors Society" Seriously?!!! I want to go there.

    ReplyDelete
  8. As usual, great post and photos. Thanks much....

    ReplyDelete
  9. From afar, that reminds me of one of the bridges in Duluth.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I noticed you said that you left a deposit for the local economy and once again I will assume that Paul will have to accept the blame for not being able to control his spending. We men are like that when it comes to shopping. I sure enjoyed the pictures though.

    ReplyDelete
  11. You got some beautiful pictures of the roses...I could almost smell them.

    It't Mt. Hood magnificent? I particularly like the pictures with the roses, flowers or trees at the bottom. Helps me reminded that I'm well-grounded where there is no snow.

    Loved your sign of the day! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  12. Another great post...love Mt. Hood!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Beautiful roses; if only the internet shared the aroma of flowers along with the pictures. I'm a scenery addict -- and if it includes mountains, so much the better. One like Mount Hood would keep me entertained for a very long time.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Voodoo donuts....yum...
    It looks like you were trying to get into the downtown store. If you're still there, try their second location just off Sandy Blvd at N.E. Davis Street. They don't tend to be as busy as downtown. Have an extra one for me..

    ReplyDelete
  15. Congratulations, you have been awarded the Liebster blog award, http://bobandjotravelblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/liebster-blog-award.html

    ReplyDelete
  16. What would the U.S. economy do without the support of RVers? We do our best everywhere we go to support it. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  17. Excellent picture and a wonderful tour of Portland with friends. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for leaving us a comment. We enjoy reading them. Have a great day!