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Finally, after about a month of life interfering with what should be our weekly trip to the Portland Farmer’s Market, we made it back today.  And what a day it was.  The market was overflowing with late summer and early fall colors and flavors.

There were peaches

peaches

and grapes.

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Pumpkins

pumpkins

and beans.

beans

Beets

beets

and brussels sprouts.

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There are always flowers at the market, but this week they seemed particularly riotous.

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And the artichokes put on a particularly good show as well.

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This past weekend we took visiting friends to the Japanese Garden; one of my favorite places in Portland.  Our first visit was almost exactly a year ago and since then we have been back at least once in every season.

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You might imagine that late summer would not be a time to see the gardens at their best. That the lack of rain and (this summer at least) hot days would leave the grasses brown and the trees listless.  Instead, the gardens were cool and lush

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and there were remarkable images around every corner.

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I look forward to returning in the fall.

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Yesterday we left Manzanita and drove up the coast to Astoria.  We are staying at the Cannery Pier Hotel, which, as the name implies, is right on the river on the site of the former Union Fish Cannery.  The view from our room is majestic.

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That’s Washington at the other end of the bridge.

After we checked in to our lovely room, we set out for a walk into town.  The woman at the desk recommended that we walk along the Astoria Riverwalk, part of the national rails to trails program.  The trail is a paved walkway along the Columbia River that now carries a trolley instead of a full sized train.

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The scenery was mostly industrial as we passed working wharves and the back sides of fish and crab processing plants.

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Some of the sites were rustier than others.

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Downtown was an interesting mix of newly renovated and hip spots like the Commodore Hotel, designed  and converted by the Portland-based owners of the very cool and retro Schoolhouse Electric Company, in progress renovation, like the new Bergerson Tile and Stone showroom, where we met one of the members of the Bergerson family,

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older buildings,

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and thrift stores, where I found a few interesting items like the books on this shelf,

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and this collection of recipes that I (seriously) may have to go back and buy later today.

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On the way back to the hotel by a slightly different route we saw the remains of a 600+ year old Douglas Fir.

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Today we are thinking of going back downtown for the Astoria Sunday Market.

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