Tuesday, October 4, 2016

More Portland Urban Hikes!!!

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To continue our urban hiking theme we did several more hikes during our last days in Portland Oregon. As an added bonus some of our RV friends, Jane and John of Flamingos on a Stick, happened to be in our park and joined us for several of these last urban hikes.

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The first day together began with us taking John and Jane to Kennedy School a really cool McMenamin’s pub and hotel.  This completely restored school from the 1930s is a joy to visit so we had to share it with our friends who seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. We then traveled over to 15th Avenue and Broadway for the Irvington Neighborhood hike. The neighborhood was another eclectic mix of architectural styles and we all pointed out our favorites along the way.  We finished early so we zipped over to Hollywood neighborhood for a short walk through it where the highlight was the Hollywood theater.  We ended the day by bringing our friends over to Migration brewery to introduce them to the wonderful Fresh Hops beer where even Jane who doesn’t usually enjoy IPAs was raving about this brew.

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The next hike Sharon and I did along with Jane and John was to explore downtown Portland. We really didn’t follow a set hike on this day as our main goal was to explore and do a few of the more touristy things. We started n the Pearl District and then we had to visit to VooDoo Doughnut one of Portland's iconic places. John and I of course had to indulge in a Bacon Maple Bar…. Yum! Janie had a cake and raised donut whereas Sharon had a Portland doughnut which was chocolate covered with a Bavarian Cream filling.  We were all very happy with our choices!

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We wandered around the city streets, visited a few stores and spent a good while searching for Portlandia. No not the TV show Portlandia but the 6.5 ton statue. My GPS took us all over town looking for it but we finally found it at 1120 SW 5th Avenue which we had passed more than once. The key to seeing this statue built by Raymond Kaskey is to look up above the entrance of the Portland Building. Interestingly it is the 2nd largest copper statue in the world after the Statue of Liberty. It was fantastic and all of us were glad we persisted until finding her at last.

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Then sadly the next day the rain came and the hiking came to a halt. So what do we do on rainy days? Well we cleaned the inside of the RV, did laundry, colored Sharon’s hair and went grocery shopping. We met up with RV friends and bloggers, Terry and Jeri, of Just Waderin’. We drove over to Vancouver Washington just across the Columbia River to meet them for lunch at the Mcminamins on the Columbia. We thought the food was good there but visiting and catching up with Teri and Jerry was even better…

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The final urban hike we did with John and Jane between rainy days was the Alameda Ridge. This urban hike is definitely  a good workout as there are many hills and hidden public staircases taking visitors from the Rose City neighborhood up the hill to the winding streets of the Alameda neighborhood.  Homes in these neighborhoods have some of the best kept gardens adorning gorgeous mostly Tudor-style homes. There were other homes of varied styles of architecture once again making the walk very interesting.

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It is tiring walking up and down the staircases but once atop the ridge there are glimpses of fantastic views of downtown and the western hills. Scattered along the hike we spotted many Poetry Posts the residents have erected to provide walkers a bit of respite and maybe even a bit of culture during their strolls. We ended this hike at Breakside Brewery where Sharon and Jane had Fresh Hops Citrus beers whereas John and I had Breakside IPAs….delicious! 

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After each and every urban hike we rewarded ourselves with a visit to a different neighborhood brewery. With 58 breweries in the city and 84 within the metro area there are many to choose from. The best beer we have had (and we both agreed) was a fresh hop beer called Fresh-Outta-Portland brewed at Migration Brewery. We are going to miss Portland but alas, it is time to leave…Next stop will be Bend Oregon…

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NOTE: We are currently in Bend Oregon for three nights and then will likely spend a night or two boondocking at the Kla-Mo-Ya Casino near Klamath Falls, Oregon…

3 comments:

  1. The line at Voo Doo was clear down the street. We had to pass. We had been told the donuts are delicious.
    Sounds like you two now no Portland pretty good.

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  2. Love that final picture! You've really shown me some fine "urban hiking" in Portland. Many thanks. We don't usually do cities but after reading about so many folks going to Portland and your posts now, we may just reconsider for this city.

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  3. We had such a fun time and glad to have a seasoned Portland visitor to show the sights. Also I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. Happy travels and see you on down the road. :)

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