DH and I had a date today. We started out with breakfast at a little place called Hash. I had aeblskiver with maple butter. The little bowl of watermelon was perfect, and the pot of tea was just as it should be. We had a seat in the window and enjoyed watching the passing scene - people walking their dogs, people walking their kids, people taking their Mercedes Benzez out for an airing.
Then we headed on down town to walk along the Esplanade (the city park downtown that covers both sides of the river.) Here is DH at the monume t to the battleship Oregon, for you history buffs.
The grass in the park is pretty beat up right now after the three day long Blues Fest over the 4th of July. But grass is persistent. It rises again! This is on the west side of the river where the city core is. The esplanade runs about a mile along the river on both sides, with access to 4 bridges as you go. We took the full loop.
This is a view of the city core from the East side where the freeways and warehouses are.
This is looking south toward the Hawthorne Bridge. It's a purdy city, ain't it? We strolled and lollygagged along, took about an hour to make the loop, then spent another couple hours loitering through the Saturday Market(an artisan's market that runs ever Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day through New Year's) And finished off with a leisurely lunch at a restaurant with riverside tables. I was a glorious, gracious, wonderful day. Just in time too. Tomorrow it's going to rain.