It's a great thing to spent four days exploring with thousands of people milling about and not know a single person. As much as I heart my little Colfax, I have to admit it is nice to be anonymous for a bit.
My children have yet to perfect the art of maintaing composure in public places. Their tendency to walk zig zag across all sidewalks regardless of how many people are zooming past disrupts pedestrian flow terribly.
We are pretty excited about trains and trams, and don't get me started on street cars. It's almost like Disneyland.
I'm happy to day that each child packed a lunch every morning and carried it in their Aloha backpacks to eat as they wished. Hashtag field trip mom.
They also like to climb statues. I highly suspect this is not favorable in the eyes of city folk.
Oh yes. And the zoo. We heart the Portland Zoo.
Did you know that the Zoo rents wheelchairs? It's true. For only $7.00 one can push their freshly-sick son around the whole zoo. This way the other three children can still enjoy the day rather than sit in a hotel room all day. Theybhave even conveniently placed garbage cans at every turn. For the puking.
I was foolishly optimistic that his predicament would keep him close to me. Perhaps THIS would be the zoo day when I did not have to search for him.
How silly of me.
Even in his diminished state he still managed to wander off when I was returning the chair at the end of our visit.
After searching for awhile with three (now very tired and hungry and complaining) girls I finally sought the help of zoo security.
I found out another tidbit about the zoo I didn't know before. If a child is suspected to have left the zoo premesis while missing, a City wide code is called.
Thankfully I returned with the "lost boy" (found laying beside our van) just before the code was called.
I wouldn't want the City of Portland to be mad at us. We want to come back soon!