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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

a picnic amongst the magnolias! hoyt arboretum, portland.
















Last week was mostly stormy and rainy, but one afternoon the sun came out and we immediately grabbed some picnic supplies and headed up the hill to the arboretum in washington park. I had noticed our neighbor's magnolia tree was budding, so I thought it would be the perfect time to visit the magnolia section of the park. It was gorgeous, with almost all of the trees covered with blossoms or buds that were starting to open. It is hard to pick my favorite spring flowering tree, but magnolias might be it (dogwoods are a close second).

We sat at the foot of a big hill and made a gigantic sandwich for our supper, and rolled and ran down the hill. We listened to the birds and enjoyed the sunshine and all the trees. We played with the gigantic magnolia leaves (which can make a lovely little hat). As the sun started to dip behind the trees, we shook our picnic blanket out and headed back to the trail for a little hike before getting the car. We might have to visit again in a couple weeks when the ground becomes a magic wonderland covered with petals, I think I have a kiddo or two who would enjoy that!

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