Picture_085_1I was really out of it this morning.  I woke up and had way too much running through my mind.  It was around 6am and everyone was still asleep, so I decided that I needed to head out for a walk to clear my head.  I grabbed my camera and a bottle of water and started
heading north with no exact destination in mind.  I went up to 2nd Ave, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 15th, 20th, and then finally the area started to get interesting.  I came across a neighborhood that was filled with beautiful homes, all of which was very unique from one another.  One home had a bamboo garden and another had a MASSIVE tree in their front lawn.  Then aroudn the corner I came across the Vista Ave. Viaduct, which gave me the fist glance at Mt. Hood acting as a backdrop for downtown Portland.

Another block or two north brought me to the entrance to Washington Park, home of Portland’s famous Rose Garden.  The park was exactly what I was looking for.  I did some walking on a trail though the forest, swung by the reservoir, and then came up to the Rose Garden. There weren’t any flowers out because it’s off-season, but from parts of the garden you had amazing views of downtown Portland and Mt. Hood.

I kept on making my way farther up Washington Park, and soon came across the Japanese Garden. If you ever visit Portland this is a place that you should absolutely see.  It’s ranked as the #1 most authentic Japanese Garden in the world outside of Japan itself, and is simply amazing to see.  Spending time there really helped me clear my head.  I’m feeling much better now.  The walk back drained me of most of my energy, but I’m sure I’ll be headed back out tonight.


Written by Sean Henri