Sarah’s Mom and Dad came to visit! If you think Sarah and I have been having a busy year… well, you’d be right. But Her Mom and Dad haven’t had a boring year either, so when they had a chance to escape up to Portland after a business trip, all of us were really excited to get to visit, catch up, and have a nice weekend of downtime and relaxing.
We had a few adventures scheduled up, but we mostly left room for us to explore and spent time together – Video calls are great, and I am extremely thankful to be living in the future where we can video call literally anywhere in the world without even noticing a delay, but in-person visits are still the ideal.
So we walked, explored, took them to some of our favorite restaurants, and explored somewhere we’d never been before – The Rhododendron garden!
First up was Kelly Point park – it’s a lovely walk, and a great way to tire Ollie out a bit to keep the crazy down to almost-sane levels. It was excellent as always, and we even got to see some cool mushrooms! Not otters or eagles this time, but it was still fun scanning the surf for them.
Then, we stopped by Sarah’s old workspace at the Mazamas – The Mazamas Mountaineering Center is where she’d been teaching kids to climb this summer, and so she got a chance to show off the walls and the Mazamas library. I… may have… possibly… gotten a little distracted exploring the library. I admit to everything, and it was awesome.
After the MMC, we headed to the Rhododendron garden. We hadn’t been there before, but Sarah had heard amazing things about it, and it sounded like an excellent place to explore. It was raining, as it so often does in Portland, but honestly I think that made the garden even more beautiful. The rain on the leaves, and the petals on the flowers… it was lovely.