I ran away last weekend, and it was marvelous! I flew up to Portland, Oregon Saturday morning, and spent a wonderful two days there walking, reading, exploring, shopping, and just enjoying a new city.
Brace yourself and your server for a lot of photos.
The Japanese Gardens:
There, I attended an Ikebana demonstration:
The International Rose Test Garden (In late October... imagine it in June!)
There were a lot of dogs out with their people. These two are staring at a Starbucks.
Where I stayed:
The sign speaks the truth:
Reading three books, buying a dozen or so more while sipping white chocolate-steamed milk, watching "The Darjeeling Limited", eavesdropping on three French sisters, chatting with a gal from Bath, enjoying great public transportation, and walking around a Bobo's paradise, it was a delightful 52 hours away from home.