Actually we couldn’t stand the rain one second longer and thought MAYBE there’s sun over those mountains - and so it was.
Portland is a great city and we only saw snippets of it. Powell's Book Store ( the largest independent book store in the world - 4 floors and acres of books - you need a map - which they provide .
Then lunch at Fuller's diner- all-day breakfast to die for (again , this needs to be featured on the Food Network!) . Lovely wait person whose real life is as a writer (graduate of creative writing from UBC) and who has started an online magazine called Fthe magazine.com - and which she describes as an alternate Cosmo. It will go live after the 16th
The Chinese Cultural Garden was next and a lovely docent provided the commentary
that linked the Chines garden to social history - very interesting but we had to leave after an hour - she had a LOT to say.
Drove to Washington Park to the rose garden - beautiful. Portland has just completed its rose festival anc unfortunately the roses have not been in bloom to the extent that is usual but still lovely.
Back to Fort Stevens (about 2 hours away) and back to the gloomy weather - I guess this is par for the course for the west coast. We hope to head back into Astoria tomorrow.
We’re still having a good time!