Happy Wednesday, friends! Things are a bit behind schedule today in no small part due to computer wonkiness yesterday evening. Fortunately, the wonkiness seems to have abated, at least for the time being, so I have the opportunity to once again take you folks on a short Portland tour in words & pictures.
|Old Town, W Broadway & 3rd|
Last Saturday was a glorious day: the trees were blooming, the sparrows singing in the hedges, & the weather that day was a sunny 70 degrees. Given the favorable conditions, I thought it was an ideal day for another Bridgetown excursion, & I caught the #4 line bus on N. Mississippi Ave with a plan to head for the Hawthorne Bridge—but at a certain point along the way I changed plans & got off at the SW Pine stop, just one block from W Burnside, & headed for the Burnside Bridge, which crosses the Willamette on Portland's central street.
|Another reality of Old Town|
|One small Corner of the Old Town Market, Taken from the approach to the bridge|
I did a bit of photo exploring in the “Old Town” section of Portland before heading for the bridge itself—enough to warrant a separate post, for sure. The characteristics in a nutshell: beautiful old buildings, & lots of destitute & homeless people mixed in with tourists & folks headed to the gigantic Old Town Saturday farmer’s market—cognitive dissonance on a sunny afternoon.
|Southwest Portland & the Morrison Bridge|
It was breezy on the bridge—micro-climates in effect here—like “hold onto your hat” breezy. & the bridge had lots of pedestrian traffic—much more than I encountered on either the Steel Bridge or the Broadway Bridge. Fortunately, the sidewalk is ample, tho it should be noted that this is literally a sidewalk: there’s no railing separating pedestrians from the busy auto traffic.
|There was this intriguing object in a little park at NE Couch & MLK|
This was the first time I began a bridge walk heading into the east side, & I didn’t find too much that warranted exploring in the immediate environs once I got across the bridge. Burnside does cross both Martin Luther King Blvd & Grand Ave here, so heading either north or south on those major streets one might find some fun things. But after a few blocks up Burnside itself, I decided to double back & make the return crossing.
|Stairway down to the Eastbank Esplanade|
|A section of the Eastbank Esplanade with the Steel Bridge (et al.) to the north|
|One of the iconic Burnside Bridge towers|
|Speaking of iconic: you get great shots of the Portland Sign (AKA White Stag sign) & the Old Twon Water Tower from the Burnside Bridge|
|Waterfront Park from the western end of the Burnside Bridge|
I ended my outing with a walk along the west side’s waterfront park—teeming with folks on such a pleasant day. It’s truly a lovely space—the cherry trees were frothy with blossoms!
See you back in Portland—virtually speaking—next Wednesday!