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Highs and Lows

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Highs and Lows

My amazing train trip has come to an end. It appears that I have brought the Sacramento heat wave with me back to Leavenworth. Yesterday was a balmy 110 and the forecast for Tuesday is 115.

Lots of highs from my trip down the coast. The spectacular ocean view in California…..well, I just can’t come up with the words to describe this. It’s something you have to experience. Even the photos don’t do it justice. I’d love to do it again.

Other highs I’ve written about in previous posts included the gorgeous rose gardens, the beautiful Japanese garden and the Grotto in Portland, as well as the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.

Two places that I’d still like to visit are Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. The view from the train was interesting and I’m sure there’s a lot to see in both places. Perhaps next time.

But there were also a couple of lows to this trip. It was quite depressing to see the extent of the homeless camps in every city I visited. They are everywhere and what upset me the most was the children who live here. They are surrounded by alcoholics, drug addicts and people with serious mental health issues. They live out of shopping carts and under tarps, and in tents if they’re among the more fortunate.

The second low was the ever present racial tension. Although this familiar logo was found everywhere, the damaged and boarded up downtown storefronts are reminders that the rioting and unrest are far from over.

My travels in the last three weeks have been memorable, but it is now time to think about traveling to Canada on my next trip now that quarantine restrictions have been eliminated for fully vaccinated Canadians.

Two More Gardens

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Two More Gardens

As promised, I have some amazing photos to share with you of an afternoon in the Japanese Gardens at Washington Park in Portland.

At the entrance is the Bonsai area. Some were over 100 years old.

We meandered on paths and over bridges admiring the beautiful flowers and trees.

On Thursday we headed to Chinatown to see the Lan Su Garden, conveniently located right off the Max line.

We enjoyed a delightful tea break on the patio outside of the teahouse, with this incredible view.

What a week! Two rose gardens, a Japanese garden and a Chinese garden.

I’m In Roseland

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I’m In Roseland

I had no idea what Portland would be like. I guess I expected a mini-Seattle. I did not envision the spectacular rose gardens I’ve seen in the past couple of days.

On Sunday we went to Peninsula Park. Even on a cloudy day we were treated to an awesome display of gorgeous roses.

On Monday we went to Washington Park to view another exceptional rose garden.

We have also visited the Japanese Garden. But you’ll have to wait until the next post to see those pics.

Good Morning From Portland

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Good Morning From Portland

It feels great to travel again. I didn’t even mind the drive from Dryden to Leavenworth at 6 am. Debbie took the scenic route along the North Road through Peshastin and it was quite peaceful.

The train was surprisingly quite full. It appears that everyone is traveling again, at least in this country.

We arrived in Seattle right on time and I immediately went out for a walk.

I then found a restaurant where I absolutely overindulged in coffee along with a delicious breakfast.

The second train from Seattle to Portland was a lot more scenic. Beautiful views of water interspersed with greenery and small towns were quite captivating.

Here is my first shot of Portland upon arrival at Union Station.