Our last full day in Oregon

Umami Café

Umami Café

Vista of Portland and Mount Hood from the Japanese Garden.

Voodoo Doughnuts

Stumptown Coffee

Voodoo Doughnuts

Voodoo Doughnuts

Our final day in the Pacific Northwest started out with a walk to Voodoo Doughnuts. Having been thrown by the GPS and our attempt to find it the day before, we decided to walk it instead, as it wasn’t that far. We chose well as it was not very busy and the notorious lines that people talk about were non-existent. We were a bit surprised that you really could not eat in there, so we took our doughnuts to the adjacent Stumptown Coffee. We took a look at our plans and decided to go to the Japanese Gardens, taking a Lyft to get there.

We arrived moments before it opened, purchased our tickets and went in. It is in a lovely setting on a former zoo, at a high point of the city with a good view of the city and Mount Hood. The weather was a bit chillier than it had been, but sunny with blue skies. From what we gleaned, it is considered to be the finest Japanese garden outside of Japan. We will not disagree with that.

The place was delightful and we ended up in the Japanese teahouse, where we shared a chicken and rice dish and a small piece of cake, with both roasted green and regular green tea. It was the perfect thing to do on that day and before teatime, we had a beautiful vista of the city and Mount Hood.

We contacted Lyft and took it to the Portland Art Museum. There we saw an incredible number of Native American artifacts and clothing from the Northwest as well as many different American paintings.

We walked to our hotel, literally just down the street. That evening we went to Andina, a wonderful Peruvian restaurant and ate Yuca frita (fried Yucca), drank ‘El Condors,’ and ate wonderful Peruvian fare.

That ended up our full days of discovery in Portland.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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