The Misadventures of Cheri

Mortifying my kids one swimsuit at a time


I know I’ve said it a million times before, but I really do love Portland, Oregon. Yes, I live across the Columbia river in Washington, but Portland has captured my heart. I mentioned awhile back that I had gotten a book called “Portland Hill Walks” by Laura O. Foster. IMAGINE my sheer delight when I found out she had recently published a second book, “Portland City Walks.” I got my hands on it VERY quickly!

The kids have been busy at church this week and Tyler had some days off, so we did our first city walk in the Nob Hill area of town. I knew I was going to love it because it included parts of “Trendy 23rd Avenue.” We started off things right by immediately going the wrong way. However, if we hadn’t have gone the wrong way we never would have seen this:

I have never been a fan of The Simpsons. Okay, maybe for 3 weeks in 1989, but that’s about it. Apparently one of the creators of the series, Matt Groening, graduated from Lincoln High School in 1972. And they’re happy about it.

Now for a required shot of PGE Park where the minor league Portland Beavers play baseball. This is probably the closest I will ever get to going to a game there.

Portland is known as being a very bike-friendly city. I guess these are little pods that keep the bikes from getting wet when it rains? Or from getting stolen? Not sure but they sure are cute.

This was the courtyard of Sister Mary of the Immaculate Conception. I wanted to bust out in “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?”

One of the streets she takes us down is flanked on both sides with Queen Anne style houses. Each one is adorable and kept up impeccably. I think there would be a lot of pressure if you lived on this street!!

And then there was this random mansion smack in the middle of the city:

I had to snap a picture of how the van matched the house:

Then there’s Congregation Beth Israel. The congregation has been around since 1850, and this building since 1928. It was too amazing for pictures!

Birdhouses in the healing garden of Good Samaritan Hospital:

Not even the historic houses can escape a nail salon:

Our last stop was Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The entire building was almost enough to boggle the mind . . . it was so beautiful. But the best part were the doors. These doors were on at least three sides of the building and just spectacular. I think they would be the BEST place to do portraits.

Our first tour of Portland was great. This is easily my favorite part of Portland and the walk was perfectly planned. I hope you enjoyed my tour of this little corner of the city!

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