Friday, October 22, 2010

Beautiful Fall Days

The fall in Portland has started off so beautifully, except for one weekend which we spent in bed sick with a headcold, the weather has been sunny, clear and crisp. We're starting to see some fall color.

On an early Saturday morning we had originally planned to spend cleaning up the garden beds, we decided to keep the rake and shovel in the shed and instead take our bikes out for a long ride and enjoy the beautiful sunny fall day. Once on our bikes we just let the sunny weather, gorgeous fall colors and marked bicycle lanes take us where ever.

We passed people playing soccer in the parks, people raking up leaves and people enjoying breakfast outside. It was invigorating. We decided to do our own version of ConnectOregon and bike through any park we come across, which led us the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden at Grant Park in NE Portland.

Beverly Cleary is a dearly loved writer of children's books set in NE Portland neighborhoods. One of her books was recently made into a movie - Ramona and Beezus, who grew up on Klickitat Street. I grew up loving Beverly Cleary books and to see this small water fountain sculpture garden tribute was long overdue.

The small garden is by the playground area of Grant Park and has tribute tiles listing out all of Beverly Cleary's books and the years they were published. Good books are timeless with her most memorable books published in the 1950s! We were happy to spend such a lovely day with Henry Huggins, his dog Ribsy and Ramona!

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