One of the best parts of living in Portland is not just how beautiful it is, but how quickly one can escape the city to spend a day, or even just an hour in nature. Portland has grown a lot in the last couple decades. There are a lot of transplants here, and being from here I didn't get it for so long, always imaging myself someday leaving for a sunnier climate, or an entirely different country. But the reason I most often get when I ask people who have relocated here from elsewhere is simply that "it's beautiful." And it is. I have learned to take this less for granted as I have gotten older. In the summer months we do often just pile in the car and can be in a spot like this on the river in under 20 minutes. It's so easy and the boys love throwing rocks in water and digging in dirt and sand and looking for bugs on trails and playing hide and seek between the trees. And I really like all of those things too.