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Exploring Portland – Roses and Bunnies.


Thursday and Friday, 07 & 08-Sept-2017


Thanks to the Columbia River fires, we couldn’t really take Daniel around to the wilderness hikes that we’d planned on.  We went to a few spots West of the city (see previous posts), but we still wanted to do some exploring… so why not explore the city itself?  We spent both days exploring, but a few of the more unique bits are below…


The Rose Garden

Sarah and I have been to the International Test Rose Garden a few times, even once to watch the sunrise recently, but it’s always an extra treat to take friends there.  Daniel loved it, as far as I could tell… the flowers, the photography, the story about two high school girls commandeering Ollie for their graduation photos, and the Shakespeare garden.

I think he less enjoyed my impromptu dance recital on the amphitheater stage, and I’m quite certain that Sarah wasn’t super stoked (at the time) about my awesome waltz skillz.

For my side though, I was disappointed that Daniel didn’t do a soliloquy.  So we all came out disappointed.


Hoppy Hour

Daniel had asked us about going on a “catio tour” of Portland.

Turns out, some people have special patios that they’ve made for their cats.  Cat Patios.  Catios.

Needless to say, we absolutely did not do that.  I mean, partially because Sarah is allergic to cats.  Like, super allergic.  But also because that’s silly talk.  Why would we go see cat patios?

Why would we see cat patios… WHEN WE COULD GO PET BUNNIES AND DRINK BEER?!?

Yep.  Heard right.  Pettin’ buns.  Drinkin’ beers.  Hoppy Hour.  Hops in beers, hops from bunnies.  Perfect.  Combo.

Down the street from our house is a Rabbit Rescue operation.  They take in stray bunnies, and bunnies that families can’t keep anymore, and give them homes.  Some of those bunnies actually go through a special training / certification program to become therapy bunnies.  One of the bunnies is even part of a meditation group that uses her as a “physic focus to the mountains of Nepal”, since she’s a Himalayan bunny.

And on Fridays, for a donation of $5, you can come in and pet the bunnies while being served beers.

We went with that option.  It was just as awesome as one would hope.