There is more TJ (and friends) action coming shortly!
There is more TJ (and friends) action coming shortly!
Before heading back home, TJ decided to stop and smell the roses!
He made his way to Portland’s world-famous International Rose Test Garden.
Here, all sorts of varieties of roses are bred and developed.
There are all sorts of colors too!
There are even TJ-sized roses!
The flowers are not for picking, but TJ was sure to get a long sniff.
But after that it was time to head for the airport…
…and that long flight home.
TJ had a wonderful time in Portland! He’ll be back soon!
TJ decided to spend a couple of days by the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. He found a cozy hotel…
…which had a hot tub in the room!
There was also a warm fireplace for chilly nights by the sea.
TJ went for a long walk up and down Highway 101.
He saw all the assorted neighborhoods along the main highway…
…and went souvenir shopping for friends.
In the shops, he joined a turtle parade!
He also saw an impressive turtle walking stick…
…and met another traveling turtle with a lot of trips to his credit!
After talking about all the places they’d seen, the turtle advised TJ that the tastiest treat in town was salt water taffy, and the best place to get it was just up the road.
So TJ headed for Read’s Homemade Saltwater Taffy Shop.
Inside, he saw the owner working on a huge tray of peanut brittle!
TJ came back to the hotel with a big sack of taffy for all his friends.
From there it was time to head for the beach.
TJ relaxed and listened to the crashing waves.
He snapped a picture of a beautiful sunset…
…and then it was time to put on his robe and hit the sack.
TJ woke up in the morning and headed straight for Tula Bakery.
He ate a big nourishing breakfast to fortify him for the day to come.
Because TJ was headed off on a river cruise on the Columbia River!
The captain welcomed TJ aboard with the other passengers…
…and TJ took a spot on the top deck of the riverboat.
In no time at all, they were underway, paddling up the river.
TJ watched the passing river traffic…
…and marveled at an enormous hydroelectric dam generating electric power.
He also met a seal sunning himself on a rocky island!
Back on shore, TJ took the time to take a very silly picture…
…before deciding he wanted a closer look at the dam.
TJ went to the visitor’s center at the Bonneville Lock and Dam…
…and listened closely as a friendly park ranger told him all about the dam and how it generates electricity.
TJ learned to his amazement that they have fish ladders to help spawning salmon get back up the river when it’s time for them to lay their eggs in fresh water. There were even windows cut into the walls so he could see them swimming!
Naturally TJ had to go up to see for himself.
As he left the river, TJ stopped by Multnomah Falls…
Watching the waterfall flow as he remembered the river, TJ decided his next stop should be a trip to the coast to see the ocean itself.
So he took a look at the signs to orient himself and set out on his way to the beach!
The next morning, TJ set out to see the Chinese Garden.
The gate is guarded by fierce stone lions, but TJ makes friends wherever he goes.
Inside the gates, the garden is a replica of an ancient well-to-do Chinese vacation home.
The chairs are a little big for turtles, but the room was nice and cool.
Out back, a bridge and pagoda spanned the lake.
Water lilies ringed the edge of the lake in color.
One of the houses had a calligraphy study…
…but when TJ didn’t find a Chinese character for turtle…
…he opted for a self-portrait instead.
Before long it was time for tea, and there was a tearoom just waiting behind TJ.
He took up a seat near the musician…
…and enjoyed a pot of green tea while listening to traditional Chinese string music.
Outside, TJ took one last picture by the garden…
…before asking directions from a friendly passing policeman.
The policeman directed TJ back to the one part of Portland he’d ever seen before…the train station!
Before long, it was time to eat, and TJ found his way to Kenny and Zuke’s Delicatessen.
He picked out some turtle-friendly fare…
…and enjoyed not only a salad, but a whole array of pickled vegetables. Before long, TJ was a firm believer that in Portland, “We can pickle that!”
From there, TJ caught a lift to a place where he could get something tropical…
…and a turtle-friendly nightcap while he planned the next day’s excursion.
What would the morning bring?
Like any young traveler, TJ’s favorite meal of the day is Snack. And it was well past time for Snack, so TJ went looking for something tasty to eat…at Petunia’s Pies and Pastries.
There were all kinds of tasty baked goods available, from cakes and pies…
…to individual treats of all sorts.
Petunia’s was hosting a special event to raise money for ALS research.
So TJ ordered a big piece of cake…and while he waited, he joined DJ Onlychild to spin some records!
When TJ’s piece of cake arrived, it was as big as promised.
After eating his cake, TJ did some exploring around the famous sights of Portland. He passed by a very famous bookseller…
…and posed with “Allow Me,” the famous statue on Pioneer Square.
TJ also saw an interesting promotional poster…but promises not to trample anyone himself.
He also encountered a very large beaver statue…
…and did his best to mimic the pose!
TJ also stopped by Distillery Row, home of Portland’s thriving business in spirits.
And while the things they make are very good in the right hands…
…TJ found out quickly that some things are not for little turtles to try.
So TJ called it a day and went back to the hotel to recover himself. There were lots more things to do waiting in Portland!
TJ recently made a visit to Oregon. He began his journey on the outskirts of Portland, where he discovered that even the bicycles have shells!
It turns out they’re called BikeLids, and are a very handy thing to have when you need to keep your bicycle locked up out of the rain.
But it was a bright and sunny day, so TJ hopped aboard a MAX train to take him into the center of town…
…to the famous Portland Saturday Market.
There are all sorts of things to see and do at the market. TJ found everything from lamps and handbags made of old filmstrips…
…to wire sculptures and hanging bicycle art…
…to flavored almonds…
…to fountains for splashing!
The market sits all the way by the Willamette River, so TJ was able to watch a barge going through the drawbridge.
TJ had a great time at the Portland Saturday Market! What to do next?