|I love the views from the train between Seattle & Portland
|view from the train platform, arriving in Portland
Going for a quintessentially Portland experience, we stopped at a food-truck court. It was a full city block, ringed on all four sides by food-trucks, literally. Food truck after food truck, lined up along the sidewalk in the place of buildings. I discovered that there are so many food-trucks in Portland, there's a website devoted to tracking them, and they even gives tours. We skipped the tour, grabbed our food and headed for a nearby park for lunch.
|Crystal Springs Rhodendron Garden (photo from their website)
The garden itself is so beautiful. Though it's already a little past prime blooming season, a number of the rhodies were still in bloom. Interestingly, it it was primarily the taller, tree-sized rhodies that were still blooming. Even if none of the rhododendrons had been in bloom, the garden would still have been lovely.
Finally, it was about time to head to the meeting. I can see why so many of the members of our local bead society also belong to the Portland group. During the business portion of the meeting, they discussed an upcoming exhibit that will travel to all eight of the local libraries, several different community outreach possibilities, their upcoming annual potluck, and more. I am definitely going to see if I can make it back down for their annual Bead Retreat, if not before.
In case you happen to see this, many, many thanks to Jennifer Engstfeld who suggested my name, to Carol Perrenoud (Beadcats) who took care of all of the arrangements, to Janis for an absolutely wonderful day, and to all of the members of the Portland Bead Society. You were all so wonderfully welcoming. I was truly honored by your invitation to speak, and hope that you enjoyed my presentation.