Watching some commercials about the TV series Grimm, we felt inspired to take some photos of Downtown Portland. Parking at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry on the east side of the Willamette River, we began walking north.
Soon the Hawthorne Bridge was reached where the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade begins. The Esplanade extends 1 1/2 miles and includes a floating walkway, the longest one of its kind in the United States.
At the Steel Bridge, the north end of the Esplanade, there is a walkway under the Bridge only 30 feet above the Willamette River. All along the way we kept an eye out for Hexenbiests and Wesens. But, neither one of us had the sight of a natural-born Grimm.
Upon reaching the west bank of the River, we turned north following a wooden pathway next to the condos along the River. On the other side of the River there were unloaded sea-going vessels, tug boats and many other signs of commercial activities. It provided a good historic sense of the industrial foundation of the city, and a nice reminder that Portland remains a busy deep-water port.
We looped back to the River and visited Saturday Market, surely a great place to spot a monster. Still, no luck.
We finished the loop back to OMSI enjoying the views along the way and the Cherry blossoms in bloom. During the walk seven bridges could be seen; Marquam, Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Steel, Broadway and Fremont from south to north. I suppose that is why Portland is sometimes called the City of Bridges.
All in all, it was a pleasant 3.9 mile outing.