a walk in the park


One of my resolutions when I returned from Sweden last year, was to look at my hometown with new eyes, through the eyes of a tourist. I noticed when living abroad, I was hyper sensitive to every single detail surrounding me, things I might overlook if I were home. So, lately, I've been trying to take advantage of all the parks in Portland. There are a lot that I never knew about, or just took for granted. 

One of my favorites is Willamette Park on the South side of town. It goes all along the river where you can walk or run on trails, watch sailboats, bicycle, or take a kayak out on the water, all with a perfect view of the skyline. Right now, the lawns are just a mass of little English daisies (Remember the Fleur De Lawn?). It almost looks like snow. It's just heavenly. They have swings too! Have you been swinging lately? I'll admit that I have. It's quite therapeutic. 

Photo of my friend Amber, by me.


  1. good and smart way of thinking. I always seems to feel that way when I visit a new city. always thinking it’s better than where I’m from when tourists feel the same way about where I live..

  2. It is so easy to do. Getting lost in the focused details of your day. I live in Savannah, Georgia which is such a beautiful city but I still have to force myself to slow down and see the beauty that surrounds me. Thanks for the post as a reminder to take a different route today!

  3. Gorgeous!! It’s funny – at home we think a daisy-riddled lawn is ill-kept, but I’ve always been rather partial to them. I also love buttercups for the same reason!

  4. What a great resolution! We were in Palm Springs recently and I was going nuts over every palm tree and cacti – my boyfriend reminded me how surrounded in lush we are in portland – it’s easy to take it for granted when you see it all the time. I find a walk in Forest Park is a good reminder that we live in a wonderland!

  5. You are making a daisy chain!! Love that. When my kids first started to date, they asked for creative ideas for those first few “get to know you ” kind of dates. And I told them to go find a park with swings. 🙂

  6. I love this. I try to do the same thing, and I’ve found the best way for me is to walk, the way I like to on vacation. So I’ll meander around my city, taking routes I don’t normally use and find little shops and places you don’t see while driving.

  7. How lovely! I made a daisy chain today too!

    I love walking around Lisbon’s old streets with a camera on hand. It’s great being a tourist in your on city, you get to see so much!

    Have a happy, peaceful Easter weekend.

  8. I love those little English daisies, making daisy chains and yes, I have been swinging lately. Okay, I have a 4 year old so I have an excuse,but I am sure I would do it even if I didn’t have a kid. It’s just so fun. 🙂 Beautiful photo. So springy.

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