Actually, we're not that goth or morbid, we were actually headed to lunch and accidentally overshot the street and had to turn around when we noticed how peaceful and colorful the Lone Fir Cemetery looked and on a spur-of-moment decision we parked the car and went for a stroll in the rain.
Last year Travel and Leisure named the Lone Fir Cemetery one of the top cemeteries in the country and as we walked through the nearly empty city cemetery we could see why, it's just absolutely gorgeous.
Also an arboretum with an impressive collection of trees, the Lone Fir is the oldest cemetery in Portland. And for Portlanders you can see where Dr. Hawthorne, the Tibbetts, and many familiar names we see as "streets" have impressive headstones. Situated smack dab in the middle of a NE neighborhood, you could barely hear the street noise; it was just us, the rain and the current residents of the cemetery. It was a peaceful and a really nice detour on Mike's birthday.