[NOTE: This was one of the posts that I mentioned disappeared into a digital black hole somewhere–find original message here. So, if you’re wondering why you missed this in December 2013, that is why!)
Not too far from my house, there’s this cool sanctuary type place called The Grotto. I found out about it from my friend Arielle, who wanted to come see it on her first visit to Portland in March 2012 (that just so happened to be MY first time to Portland too).
Anyway, it’s cool during the daytime, but on one rainy night in December, I stopped by their gift shop to do a little Christmas shopping for my mom. As it turns out, that same day, the Grotto was holding “The Festival of Lights.”
Clearly, I went.
My favorite thing about the Grotto was actually this guy from the petting zoo:
But this was my favorite picture from the whole night. I took it as I was walking toward the exit and home: