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?