learning is cool

Day two of the mini-trip to Portland for Kelly’s birthday started with a morning walk with two of the ladies, Erin and Ashley, down to the river and around downtown.

We strolled by the Lan Su Chinese Garden… it was closed, but we peeked through the ornate windows to catch a glimpse of the lovely gardens inside.

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

One of these days I’d love to go back and walk through the garden… and also check out the Portland Japanese Garden that I’ve heard so much about!

We also passed by the famous (or infamous?) Voodoo Doughnuts… but there was already a line out the door so we just passed on by.

Voodoo Doughnuts

We made our way back to the hotel (via Starbucks, of course) to get ready for the day’s adventure with the other ladies. Our next stop (after not being able to find a place for breakfast that wasn’t closed or crazy busy) was a QFC and then a school playground for a picnic brunch!

I had wanted to go on a picnic all summer… a spontaneous one makes it even better.

Then, the main destination: the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Awesome, awesome museum.

OMSI

It was $2 admission that day… which is awesome, but also not so awesome because that meant EVERYONE was there.

OMSI

We still had a good time despite the crowds and out of control children.

We got to wear goggles and do science.

OMSI

Erin and I learned about chemiluminescence.

OMSI

It glows!

OMSI

OMSI

Ashley and I played with mirrors.

OMSI

OMSI

And we learned about airplanes.

OMSI

OMSI

I would love to go back and explore the museum more… maybe during a weekday when it’s not quite so crazy.

We ended the weekend with a yummy dinner at Ramblin Jacks in Olympia. So good! I had the citrus salmon salad with honey infused goat cheese.

Ramblin Jacks

Good times, good friends.

The Girls

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2 responses to “learning is cool

    • Oh you must visit this coast! There are so many photo opportunities… I’m sure you would enjoy it! The only issue would be deciding where to go and what to see!

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