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Peaceful Places in Portland

TannerSprings3
May 26, 2017

Portland’s Tanner Springs Park:
Peace in the Pearl District

Water trickling. Kids giggling. Flowers blooming. Tall grass swaying in the breeze. A duck paddling on a pond. Where are we? The corner of NW 11th and Marshall, in Tanner Springs Park. One wouldn’t normally associate “Pearl District” with “peaceful,” but over here at the north end we’re kind of on the edge. Over by […]

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Peace in the Pearl District
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Leach5
Apr 12, 2017

Peaceful Places in Portland:
Leach Botanical Garden

This place is featured in my book, Peaceful Places: Portland. Buy it now from Powells.com! Peaceful Places in Portland: Leach Botanical Garden   One way to look at Leach Botanical Garden is that it’s a beautiful little piece of creek-side nature just a couple minutes from the Pick-n-Pull on SE Foster. In that respect alone, […]

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LoneFirFeature
Apr 09, 2017

Peaceful Places in Portland:
Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery

Lest we forget that Portland used to be a little river town, that what’s now called Southeast Portland used to be out in the country, let’s go back to 1866. In that year, Portland was a town of a few thousand people on the west side of the Willamette River. What is now the corner of […]

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Steigerwald
Apr 09, 2017

Columbia Gorge Hike:
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

This place is highlighted in my book, Peaceful Places: Portland. There’s this point, just past Washougal, where you officially enter The Gorge. I don’t know if that’s geologically true, but it’s officially true: there’s a big sign for Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and perfectly enough, it’s right past the sewage treatment plant! This […]

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Peaceful Places Portland
Nov 18, 2012

Media Love for Peaceful Places: Portland

Folks are really digging my new book, Peaceful Places: Portland. It’s quite gratifying, as I had a hard time writing it and still didn’t really know what people would think of it. All in all, they seem to dig it. The media, in particular, have picked up on it a lot. First up, let’s share […]

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Jun 05, 2012

Portland Outdoorsy News: Larch Mountain Road open, Sandy River Delta closed.

Just a couple of news items from the Oregonian I thought I’d share. One is that the road to Larch Mountain, one of the great  viewpoints in the Columbia River Gorge, is now open. The view of the Gorge and Mount Hood  from up there is pretty stupendous, and it’s  a great place to go […]

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