Another day we all went to the Oregon Zoo together. Surprisingly, this also turned out to be one of the best ways we could visit with each other! Everyone was well entertained and the kids were occupied looking at the animals while we adults visited in small clusters, sometimes with this person, sometimes with that one, so we had some nice one-on-one personal time with everyone. My cousin Becky joined us, too, so got to know the other side of my family better. Who would have thought the zoo would provide such intimate opportunities?
As for the zoo, it was lovely, complete with a variety of bears, hippos, lions, monkeys, elephants, giraffes, birds, and more. We had planned to visit the Japanese Garden afterwards, but were all walked out, so grabbed lunch in the food court, then parted ways -- until next time!
We were there for the polar bears' feeding time -- they were beautiful!
Can you see all the parrots camouflaged in the foliage below?
Fair warning ~ cash only sign:
The weird and eclectic decor of Voodoo Donuts:
One other field trip we took in Portland was to the beautiful Pittock Mansion. It is worth the trip for the beautiful views of Portland as well as the delights in the mansion itself. A picture is worth a thousand words....
We were fascinated with the standing sewing kit:
Such tiny waists back then:
So ended our Portland vacation. Wonder where we'll go next year? Any suggestions?