Pittock Mansion Visit


On one of the early days of summer we drove to the Oregon Zoo. It had been awhile since we had done the Pittock Mansion loop hike.

In a short distance we passed the Viet Nam Memorial. It’s a special place for me and I always reflect on the vagaries of chance. Many of the brave Oregon soldiers whose names are listed on the walls were in-country shortly after the Tet offensive, as I was. I honor them all.

On the backside of the Memorial the Wildwood Trail was met. Turning right we began the pleasant three-mile descent to Burnside Road. Quickly scampering across the busy street, we took our time climbing to the 950-foot ridge top and the location of the 16,000 square-foot Pittock Mansion.

It was built over 100 years ago by the Oregonian editor Henry Pittock. Now, it’s a tourist attraction with daily tours. We enjoyed the views available from the splendid grounds.

After awhile, we reluctantly began the hike back to the Zoo, taking a shorter route on the Hemlock Trail after recrossing Burnside Road.

A nice outing indeed.

It's nice to be reminded that Portland is a working, deep-water port

A visual reminder that Portland is a working, deep-water port

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Great-hedge Nettle

Great-hedge Nettle

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Indian Pipe Flower

Indian Pipe Flower

Pittock Mansion

Pittock Mansion

Mt. Hood in distance

Mt. Hood in distance

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Rose

Rose

 

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2 comments

  1. Wonderful shots, some really bright vibrant colours in these images.

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    • Thanks for the kind words. It can be tough in a rain forest getting enough natural light to highlight the colorful berries and wildflowers. I’m looking forward to a sunny day in an alpine meadow.

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