I must say that I like the City of Portland. I consider living there each time I visit. I do the same on each visit to Vancouver, British Columbia, as well. I will, I expect remain in Seattle. All three of these cities please me in some related way. And Seattle is nestled between the other two. I could paddle a kayak in either direction although the sheltered water of the sound would make the Vancouver journey the far easier.
It was very nice to meet with new family. I am always interested at the general easiness with which family meets each other. The walls seem to come down fairly quickly as we reveal the self to each other. The children are the great example to us here. Timidly then boldly interacting with each other and the adults.