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.
It's fun to see the crafts and business ideas of local entrepreneurs.
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.
Once again, we left a deposit in the local economy by purchasing a few items at the Farmer's Market.
There were entertainers all over the area.
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.
We made a quick stop at Old Town/Chinatown. Not much there but the beautiful gate.
One of the highlights of the day was our visit to the International Rose Test Garden.
A visit here quickly answers the question, “Why is Portland called “The City of Roses.” What a gorgeous display of roses!
There were thousands of beautiful and fragrant rose bushes displayed in an amazing setting overlooking the city with Mt. Hood in the background. Breathtaking!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We'll be seeing Jeri and Terry when we move to the Kelso, Washington, Elks Lodge tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!