Negotiating last night's monsoon, perfectly timed to the evening commute, left many us of drenched and/or drained.
While comiserating about our gray, rainy weather is practically an art form in Portland, there's no better way to beat the winter blues (ok, technically winter doesn't start for 11 days) than getting out and enjoying our fine city.
Kyoto's annual rainfall of 63 inches drawfs our meager 37.5, so precipitation provides further authenticy to the experience of touring our lovely Portland Japanese Gardens. Reflect on the experience afterwards with some Sencha green tea at one of Rose City's numerous tea shops.
TriMet has a Destinations to Discover page that provides transit plans to a myriad of Portland cultural, natural and shopping destinations like the aforementioned gardens.
Looking for a cheap date? Portland is a national leader in the Green Street movement, using bioswales to naturally filter millions of gallons of tainted stormwater into the earth and away from our streams and rivers. At the same time, they beautify the street while calming traffic.
Seeing bioswales in the middle of a rainstorm is super cool. For a free outing, why not take a self guided bicycle tour of Portland's sustainable stormwater facilites?