A Rainy Day Urban Hike


The last weekend of fall brought torrents of rain and concrete skies to the Portland area. But the outlook of  rain doesn’t stop a true Northwesterner from enjoying an interesting eight-mile, 1,500-foot elevation loop hike from home.

I walked down to Washington Park, spent a few minutes of reflection at the Holocaust Memorial, found a few old roses in bloom at the Rose Garden, hiked on the Wildwood Trail to the Vietnam Memorial where I paid my respects, hiked to the top of Council Crest (the highest point in Portland), took a breather and then walked the last 1 1/2 miles to home.

I had little company on the trail (was everybody Christmas shopping?) And, as a Tom Cruise character might opine, it wasn’t a target-rich environment for a photographer.

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Downtown Portland from Council Crest

Downtown Portland from Council Crest

Old Rose

Old Rose

Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf

Poignant sculpture at the Holocast

Poignant sculpture at the Holocaust Memorial

Steep stretch of the Markham Trail

Steep stretch of the Marquam Trail

One of the viewing walls at the Viet Nam Memorial

One of the viewing walls at the Vietnam Memorial

Rose

Rose

Vista Bridge

Vista Bridge

Rose

Rose

Wildwood Trail

Wildwood Trail

 

 

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4 comments

  1. You are an inspiration and a hearty soul to hike 8 miles in that weather! Melinda

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  2. John,
    Please give a hug to your mom forme. How is she doing?
    Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year

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