First Picnic

Dear Liza,

After the cold, wet winter and spring, and then a fiercely hot week, the weather finally settled down to pleasant, sunny goodness.

Strolling in paradise

One of our resolutions for the summer was to go on more picnics. This was the first of the season.

So often, we go to Laurelhurst Park on a walk, a way of getting our exercise, of staying fit. Picnics are intentional, sit down, eat and watch the world go by events. They are one of the best things to do in Laurelhurst Park.

Made in the shade

We gathered dried salami, goat’s milk cheddar cheese, rosemary sourdough bread, and blueberries, plus peanuts and grapes for Grandpa Nelson, and headed off. We carried chairs and a blanket, and even the badminton game.

There was a wedding near the top of the park, and we didn’t want to be noisy where folks were getting married. We walked to the valley, as I call it, the lowest part of the park, and found a nice flat space no one was using. We enjoyed our dinner while watching dogs and their people on leashes, kids and their parents on bicycles, joggers and frisbee throwers wander by.

The feast

Then for the action part of the evening. We set up the badminton (Auntie Bridgett’s birthday gift from year before last) and had our second game of 2019. Remember when you were here in March and we were so awful? We are better now! As a matter of fact, we were having such a good time, I forgot to take any pictures during the game!

Getting set up!

We played until we were sweaty and exhausted, then put things away and staggered home to watch the Giants beat the Brewers. What a wonderful way to end a day!


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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