Also known as the Salmon Street Fountain — at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. Dedicated in 1988, its three water patterns are controlled by a computer. And in Portland it’s pure summer. When temperatures rise, children (and some adults) can be seen frolicking in the waters to cool off.
Given the choice, would you choose a boat that gives you a rush, a thrill, a lot of quick excitement, or a boat that drifts with the wind, gives you a sense of calm and inner peace?
For me it depends on the time and place, even the day of the week. I love excitement, fun, having a good time with abandon. But nothing beats serenity, being in a state of relaxation, all the world’s chaos left far behind. Getting out into nature does the trick: A nice hike, a campsite, the beauty.
It comes down to joy: there’s inner joy which you don’t necessarily put on full blast for the world to see, it’s in your heart and mind, and there’s outer joy that you show to the world and all perceive as happiness. It not always is.
Given the choice, I’ll always choose the sailboat, for in it lies true joy, inner peace. If you’ve been on a sailboat you know what I’m talking about. Turn off the motor, raise the sails, and it’s just you, the wind and the sea.
Always nice to slow down
In cities across the United States, passenger and freight trains crisscross local roads, at all hours of the day in some places. While spending a part of my summer in Portland, Oregon, I’ve chosen an Airbnb in a section of town with its share of trains. Known as the Pearl District, it’s a section of town teeming with shops, restaurants, bars and generally venues that focus on relaxation and fun, day or night.
The Pearl is also heaven for trainspotters. Wait a few minutes and a train — particularly a freight train — will happen by. I absolutely love trains. I could sit and watch them all day — but better to be on them on my way to somewhere than to be sitting in my car waiting for them to allow me to continue on my way. 😁