I spent a week of October in Connecticut visiting family. Autumn is my favorite season, so I couldn't resist visiting several farms and cider mills while I was there. I miss New England's brilliant foliage when I'm in Oregon.
When I returned to Portland, I visited Kruger's Farm on Sauvie Island. The huge pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm store, food trucks, and evening concerts make it a popular autumn destination. After visiting the farm, I went for a scenic drive around the island.
Sauvie Island reminds me of one of the main reasons I moved here: Portland maintains parks and farms in areas that could easily be developed into sources of greater income for the city. To me, Tom McCall Waterfront Park screams waterfront property. Sauvie's farms are profitable, but surely resort properties would be more so. Portland's commitment to preserving green space, and the positive effect that has on quality of life, is evident every day here.