The not so secret Chinese garden

This past weekend we braved the cold mist and walked the Chinese Gardens in downtown Portland. I tried to get the boys to move slow, to take in the quiet, and contemplate the beauty but they had a scavenger hunt and everyone knows you can’t half ass a scavenger hunt. That is the way my boys see moving slowly and contemplating, the way Chip Kelly see’s punting on 4th down. That’s just for quitters. So we moved through the gardens not like pilgrims seeking peace but as Spanish Conquistadores in search of gold. What we found was a great time in a special place in the heart of the city. The truth is there are many places like this in Portland but I love the juxtaposition of the cars in trains just outside the ornate windows of the garden. I think the boys liked walking through the gates into a different world. But that is the business of the children isn’t it. Finding other worlds in the heart of their ordinary cities. I just had an easier time of tracking with them this time.

  2 comments for “The not so secret Chinese garden

  1. 01/08/2013 at 11:50 pm

    That looks really fun, I hope you guys found your gold. I have only been to the bus station in Portland, but everything I see about it on TV or photos looks really cool.
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  2. Joe
    01/19/2013 at 4:18 pm

    We had a great time at the Chinese garden as well. Our little guy is still too small to be contemplative. He just ran all over the place and enjoyed the new environment.
    Here is a photo.
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