Summertime

Wednesday, June 25, 2014














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. 

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  1. We have natural beauty too, but it's of a different nature. Muted tans and muddy greens. The ocean AND the bay. Marshes and rivers, but it doesn't *feel* beautiful to me in the same way that Portland must be. I can be at an ocean in 20 minutes, but it just doesn't feel this serene. Maybe the problem is within me. ;)

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    1. well there's a lot of parts here that feel overused and not so serene. i've gotten better over the years at finding spots that are still close but a little tiny bit beyond the popular spots. plus going early on weekdays help :)

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  2. Well no wonder you love summer, if that's what summer looks like in Portland! Wowza. I think I need to move there. Summer in Philadelphia is like...glaring sun, melting asphalt, open fire hydrants on the corner so the kids can play (terrible), heat index of 110, 100% humidity, and mosquitos everywhere. In a word: miserable. These summertime photos? The exact opposite! xo

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    1. you will have to visit in the summer. it really is the best time of year here. all that rain, it keeps things lush and green - so it comes alive in the sun. i have to say i can see where you don't love summer in philly the way you describe it. xo

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  3. Yep that looks like an idyllic summer afternoon - is it weird that every time I see a bridge now, I think about how scared Ryon would be of it? Water crossings are not my boy's best friend. I hope you guys are able to get out a lot more often and pillage the summer months for all they've got

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    1. oh mr. ryon. i don't blame him for not liking bridges. i imagine for a horse it seems pretty unnatural!

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  4. It's wonderful that it's so easy to escape the city, and to such beautiful surroundings! They remind me of my childhood, and my holidays spent at my grandparents' house very close to a river. Summer is my favourite season too, and I often feel it's too short to grasp all its beauty and the joys it has to offer.

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    1. i am really hoping for a long summer this year! though right now it's raining again. the weather can't seem to make up its mind these last couple weeks.

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  5. i read a few blogs of people living in portland and watch The Grimm. it makes me have a decision that if i ever move to the states one day, it's gonna be portland.

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  6. it really does look beautiful. and your kids have the coolest sunglasses ever :)

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  7. oh summertime. my interns are halfway through with their summer semesters at school so it feels like summer is halfway over and yet i haven't even had the chance to relax in nature yet! not sure when that day will come...

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  8. you're so right...portland IS beautiful! i remember visiting my uncle there every summer when i was a girl, taking road trips around the state in his VW van. such wonderful memories :)

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