Walking backward while talking is useful for leading a tour, demonstrating a moonwalk, or retreating from a room full of ominously staring toddlers. See the reverse saunter put to good use with today's Groupon: for $6, you get admission to the Roses Gone Wild tour in Washington Park from Portland Walking Tours (a $12 value). Tours leave frequently on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until fall.
Portland Walking Tours aims to entertain and educate its guests with a steady stream of information, warmth, and consideration. The Roses Gone Wild tour takes petal cravers on an approximately 40-minute botanical adventure through the International Rose Test Garden, showcasing all manner of local rose blossoms and lifting their secret-hoarding leaves to expose the history hidden beneath them. Backed by striking views of the city, each erudite guide fills the air with enlightening anecdotes and trivia, tugging touring brains along in pursuit of toothsome nuggets of knowledge, such as why blue roses are absent from the garden and how to glean love advice from a clairvoyant rose. "Rose Bro's," a section of the tour that focuses on romantic advice and flower facts, targets the male contingent, and a discussion on what makes a rose fail or succeed caters to all types of flower fiends. Each tour takes patrons on a .75-mile journey, free of hills but populated with the occasional staircase and sporadic cliff-jump.