Last week's post, Our Oregon Vacation Update: Loving it!, detailed the first part of the trip. This time around I am going to let Betty's pictures carry most of the load, with a few location explanations by me.
Hoyt Arboretum and Washington Park are city parks that feel a million miles away from the freeways and cars, yet are less than 10 minutes from downtown. Washington Park is home to the Rose Gardens and the amazing Japanese Gardens.
We are staying in a friend's condo in Hillsboro, a city about 20 minutes west of Portland. Every Tuesday during the summer months, several downtown streets are closed off and turned into a gigantic farmer's market and classic car show.
|Betty and Earl Torris (see the Hops T-Shirt)|
|Barbara Torris and me (looking a bit relaxed)|
Hillsboro is also home to a Class A minor league team, affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks. They have a beautiful new stadium for their brand new team. Good friends Barbara and Earl Torris took us to game last week for a perfect night at the ball game.
|No, this isn't an upside down artichoke - it is the team mascot of the Hillsboro Hops|
The Columbia River Gorge, Cannon Beach, and meeting Mike and Tamara Reddy are still to come. That will make a perfect post next week.
Now, we are off to walk through Dawson Creek park, with a few miles of trails, seven ponds, gorgeous planting, and hundreds of ducks.