Portland Japanese Gardens, the best field trip ever!
The Japanese Garden was like M.C. Escher meets Nature. It is built on five acres at the top of a forested hill. You have to hike up quite a ways to even get to the front gate.
Then you enter and are surrounded by intentional but subtle gardenscapes, a tea house, a wisteria arbor, hundred year old japanese maples, and koi ponds. Each stone is placed for a purpose; flat ones for the tortoise and longevity, tall pointy ones for the heron. Stone steps and narrow stone bridges meander up and downhill across trickling brooks.
Being there, even with a huge group of sixth graders, was so serene. I cannot wait to go back again, just the four of us.