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He Woke to the Grand Floral Parade Just Outside His Window

When I was 20, my (now) wife and I moved out of the house for the very first time. We moved into a Victorian studio apartment located on Ninth and Salmon.

The studio overlooked the streetcar line and Central library.

This was a great time, full of new experiences! We were both going to school and working, so somtimes our hours were unconventional at best.

One morning we'd slept in later than usual and we woke to the sound of bustling streets! I stood up and looked out the windows to see the streets lined with people. The trees were fully green with maybe a few clouds in an otherwise perfectly blue sky. Just then a giant alligator rounded the corner!

Portland is such a unique city, and its people stand out above the rest as some of the friendliest I've met. I missed getting a shot of the alligator, but I'll never forget the smiles on the faces of the children and adults alike.

This is a memory I hope to take with me forever.

~Chris Yoakum

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