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an unexpected parade

A reasonably typical Saturday morning starts with a wakeup glare from Willow, wondering when her breakfast will be ready.

After that, on this particular Saturday Nancy and I went on a group guided walking tour of the great old houses of Portland’s historic Irvington neighborhood. Some of the houses have been turned into bed and breakfasts, like this one “The Lion and Rose” where we stayed in our first visit ever to Portland years ago.

Traffic circles are pretty common in these older neighborhoods.

Another mansion-turned-B&B. The owners were very welcoming and invited the group in for a tour.

After a couple hours and a couple miles of walking, we were ready for brunch :-) so we headed up to the St Johns neighborhood to find the “James John Cafe”, where Nancy had read that they have great poached eggs. And in fact, they were!

By total coincidence, it turned out that today was the day for the St John’s neighborhood’s annual Rose Parade and Bizarre street fair. We asked around, and learned that the St Johns parade kicks off the month-long series of Rose Festival related parades, ending with the huge Portland Rose Parade in mid-June (which we have been to once before).

We had a great view of the parade from our cafe window table. Besides the usual parade entries like local celebrities in convertibles, high-school bands, etc, we also learned that Portland still suffers the scourge of pirates:

and even codgers driving old farm machinery! Now that will make you nostalgic :-)

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