Downtown Portland Oregon at its Best


A sunny, summer day in Downtown Portland is hard to beat. I parked near the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry on the east side of the Willamette River.

Walking north I soon reached the Hawthorne Bridge 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. Being so close to the water, even small boats cause the “drawbridge” section of the walkway to be lifted often to allow the boats to pass. Still, it’s pleasant to be close to the River and the cool breezes.

Upon reaching the west bank of the River, I 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 other signs of commercial activities. It provided a good historic sense of the industrial foundation of the city, and a nice reminder Portland once was defined by its vibrant deep-water port activities. In fact, the motto of Portland “The City that Works” certainly comes from that era.

Heading south, I began the loop back to OMSI enjoying the views along the way. During the walk seven bridges could be seen; Marquam, Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Steel, Broadway and Fremont from south to north.

I sometimes think Portland ought to be called the City of Bridges, instead of the City of Roses.

Hawthorne Bridge

Hawthorne Bridge

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Brewbarge (solar panels and a sternwheller)

Brewbarge (solar panels, a paddle-wheel and some local IPAs)

Entrance way to the Esplanade

Entrance way to the Esplanade

A band at the Portland Saturday Market

A band at the Portland Saturday Market

Portland Rideshare Bicycles (Any color you want as long as it's orange)

Portland Rideshare Bicycles (Any color you want as long as it’s orange)

Folks enjoying the nice weather on low-cost Rideshare bicycles

Folks enjoying the nice weather on low-cost Rideshare bicycles

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge

Colorful paintings for sale at the Portland Saturday Market

Colorful paintings for sale at the Portland Saturday Market

Pretty domestic flower

Pretty domestic flower

Runners enjoying the Esplanade

Runners enjoying the Esplanade

 

 

 

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6 comments

  1. I enjoyed this hike around Portland, John. A city of so much water and bridges, and very distinctive. I love the Brewbarge.

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  2. We are having an amazing snow storm right now, but looking at these pictures make me long for summer to return. My husband and I moved to Portland at the very end of last summer and experienced the beautiful weather for about a week, before the long stretch of cold set in.

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