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Paul’s new 2012 book is called “Peaceful Places in Portland”

Peaceful Place: Rocky Butte

  • Paul Gerald
  • June 26, 2017
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Whenever I give folks my one-day tour of Portland, we always wind up at Rocky Butte. Whether we’ve been up to Timberline Lodge, wandering the Gorge, or walking the city’s neighborhoods, I always want to close the day with the view from the little park on top of the Butte. It’s the best overall view…

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

  • Paul Gerald
  • May 26, 2017
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    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…

Peaceful Places in Portland:
Leach Botanical Garden

  • Paul Gerald
  • April 12, 2017
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    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,…

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…