Cathedral Park A Gem Under the St. Johns Bridge

The St. Johns Bridge, built while Wall Street imploded in 1929 and the world plunged into the Great Depression, was a genius piece of engineering then and is still impressive today. The supports for the span tower over Cathedral Park, hidden below. The beautiful green park offers an easy walk with stunning views. The day we visited, a new bride posed for wedding photos beneath the cathedral-shaped bridge supports.

 

 

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Signs and Murals

We’re having a spectacular spring, and here are some images from walking around last weekend.

Portland Reindeer Sign

Save the Orcas

Save the Orcas

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Photographer’s Corner: Tulip Fest at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

Tulip Fest: March 23 – April 29, 2019

The Tulip Fest is one of those places where you see pictures of massive fields of tulips and think, “how beautiful — must be in some exotic locale.” The tulip fields at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn are just an hour away from Portland, and worth every minute spent getting and being there. Lots of people go, and they’re out wandering acres of tulips. It doesn’t take long to become entranced by the tulips, though, and you soon don’t see any people. This is really one of those things you need to do at least once!

The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is a very elaborate endeavor: a big child area with a big slide and a jumper house; tram and hay rides; wine tasting; a lot of food choices; gift shop; artisan craft booths. There’s a pink tractor out in the fields you can climb on for a picture. And a lot of people!

It’s easy to find the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm – they want to be found! The farm is located in Woodburn, less than an hour south of Portland and just off Interstate 5. The Field Report is updated daily with the conditions.

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Hollywood Theatre at PDX Will Soothe Travel Jitters

Air travel is just plain stressful. Of course, you know that.

Portland International Airport (PDX) offers the perfect antidote: movies.

Waiting for the plane to begin a three-week trip to visit friends and relatives, I discovered The Hollywood Theatre, a microcinema.

I walked in, sat down for 20 minutes, and the tension just melted away. I totally forgot I was at the airport. When I got up to head back to my gate, I was relaxed and had a smile on my face. The feeling was amazing.

A bonus: the movies are free. Just walk in and sit down. Stay for one of the short films (by Oregon filmmakers) or watch them all.

Here’s some background on its founding:

For the current movie line up, click here.

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Photographer’s Corner: The Hawthorne Bridge

Built in 1910, the Hawthorne Bridge is a truss bridge with a vertical lift that spans the Willamette River in Portland — the oldest vertical-lift bridge in operation in the United States, and the oldest highway bridge in Portland.

This photo was taken from the offices of Travel Portland, Portland’s official agency for tourism.

 

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Photographer’s Corner – The Sky’s No Limit

Although the Cosmopolitan On the Park Condominiums in Portland’s Pearl District (opened in 2016)  is one of the city’s tallest buildings, on days when there are blue skies and puffy white clouds it almost seems to disappear. The design is a kind of anti-urbanism. Who says development need be ugly?

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