Portland Geography 103: Surrounding Area

Portland Geography 101: Navigation
Portland Geography 102: Portland’s Bridges
Portland Geography 103: Surrounding Areas
Portland Geography:  Popular Neighborhoods

In my final post on Portland’s geography I wanted to talk about some of the defining landmarks and landscapes that make up the greater Portland area and region. Portland lies in the northern most end of the Willamette Valley.  Our geography is defined by two natural features and one giant event that occurred in the last ice age.   Continue reading

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Some Of My Favorite Outdoor Activities

The weather is finally taking a turn for the better.  This week has been filled with 70 degree weather and today it is supposed to reach 75!  When it has been raining since November this is pretty exciting news for us Portlanders. If you are thinking you want to get outside and enjoy the weather here are a few of my favorite outdoor activities.

Go for a Walk
When the weather is great I love getting outside and going for a walk.  Here are some of my favorites:

Waterfront Park
Forest Park
Hoyt Arboretum
Ladd’s Addition

People Watch
Portland is a city filled with characters and things just get better when the sun comes out.  When people watching I usually like to grab lunch from a food cart and take a seat.  Here are some great people watching spots:

Pioneer Courthouse Square
Waterfront Park
O’Bryant Square

Eat Outside
My favorite thing to do when the weather is nice is to grab a seat at a restaurant’s outdoor patio and get a bite to eat and enjoy a drink.

Departure
Veritable Quandary 
On Deck
Pilsner Room
Prost

 

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Portland Geography 102: Portland’s Bridges

Portland Geography 101: Navigation
Portland Geography 102: Portland’s Bridges
Portland Geography 103: Surrounding Areas
Portland Geography:  Popular Neighborhoods

In my first post on Portland geography I discussed the city’s layout and how to navigate around town.  In this post I am going to discuss Portland’s bridges. Portland is sometimes referred to as Bridgetown due to the multiple bridges spaning the Willamette River. Visually speaking, the bridges are one of the defining characteristics of Portland.   Continue reading

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Portland Geography 101: Navigation

Portland Geography 101: Navigation
Portland Geography 102: Portland’s Bridges
Portland Geography 103: Surrounding Areas
Portland Geography:  Popular Neighborhoods

This post is the first post in a series of posts that I will be starting focussing on Portland’s geography. Later this spring I plan on starting a continuing series of little mini neighborhood tour guides where I will be identifying parks, restaurants, cafes, and other aspects of each neighborhood.  But before doing so I thought it would be helpful to talk about the city as a whole.  Today’s first “lesson” is the layout of the city.  Continue reading

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Portland Children’s Museum

Portland Oregon Children's Museum

Yesterday my wife and I took advantage of Bank of America’s Museums on Us to take the kids to the Portland Children’s Museum.  Admission is normally $10 per person, including children.  My wife and I both have BofA’s Alaska Airlines credit card so we got in for free, we still had to pay $10 for our 2 year old son (the baby was free) and $4 for parking.  I guess we need to sign the oldest up for an Alaska Airlines Credit Card!  Continue reading

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Today Is Museums On Us Saturday

Today is Museums on Us Saturday.   As I have written about before, Bank of America has a great program called Museums on Us.  On the frist full weekend of the month you can flash your BofA credit or debit card and get free general admission to hundreds of museums across the country.  In Portland we have two places that participate in the program.  The Portland Art Museum and the Children’s Museum.

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