Walk to Buckman

Dear Liza,

Now that the weather is warming up, we are walking more. The other day, Grandpa Nelson and I had a nice walk with a goal. You pick a spot a mile or so away, walk there, have a snack and rest, and then walk back. You can walk further, because you get a rest before you need to head home.

On our way through the neighborhood, we saw our old friends the flamingos! They are all dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day and seemed to be having a fine party.

We saw signs of spring in bright baby green leaves and tiny daisies, as well as this cute but ominous St. Paddy’s decoration…a raven with shamrock.

At The Buckman School (built in 1926) there is a wonderful, child made mosaic on the retaining wall out front. It is goofy and cheerful.

We walked past this hysterical mural, which I like to call “Signs? What signs?” Heading toward a cafe called Zell’s. It looked good, but had closed fifteen minutes before we got there. Sigh.

Looking around, there was Revolutionary Hall, which used to be Washington High School and is now a cafe, rooftop bar, and music venues, as well as office space for different companies. We stepped in for some soda and coconut water and to rest up.

On the walls of the cafe, called Martha’s, are art pieces depicting different famous Marthas.

I recognized Martha Washington, Martha Mitchell (of Watergate infamy) and Martha, Paul McCartney’s dog, among others. I loved this poster for Martha Graham’s modern dance show in Israel, and was pleased to be able to translate some of it!

Walking back home and resting up, we three went to Circa 33 for drinks and a Houseiversary dinner. Baked Brie, soup, salad, and a nice Malbec. Bridgett had absinthe. Yummy!

Just another day here in Portland.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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