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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, June 15, 2013

Happy Father's Day Weekend to Portland Dads!  It looks like a nice weekend out there.  Why not take Dad to your favorite Portland Park and have a picnic?  Or better yet, get out on the water and enjoy an active (or relaxing) afternoon?  

Smith & Bybee Wetlands

Last weekend we joined Portland's Next Adventure for a kayaking tour at Smith and Bybee Lakes in North Portland.  Ok, I have to say I had no idea that this amazing nature area was located so close to home.  I saw two bald eagles, blue heron, osprey, and even a snowy white egret, all while paddling my kayak through the lovely and peaceful wetlands.  I highly recommend you visit this great Portland Park.

Smith and Bybee Wetlands

Smith and Bybee Wetlands

From  Home to beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles, this 2,000-acre natural area offers accessible wildlife watching, a canoe launch and more.

At nearly 2,000 acres, Metro's Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is the largest protected wetlands within an American city. This beautiful natural area is one of the region's best-kept secrets, hiding in a part of Portland surrounded by port terminals,warehouses and other commercial developments. Most visitors to the natural area are surprised to find beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles living only minutes from downtown Portland.


Smith and Bybee Wetlands Park is on Marine Drive between the Expo Center and Kelley Point Park. Take I-5 to exit 307. Go west on North Marine Drive for 2.2 miles. Turn left at the large brown and white sign.

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Portland Kayaking

If you'd like to kayak in Portland, here are some helpful kayak resources:

You'll find Portland Kayak Rentals, Portland Kayak Classes (in case you've never been in a kayak and want to get some instruction first), and Portland Kayak tours from several kayak outfitters.  There are several places to kayak in and around the Portland area: the Columbia or Willamette River, ponds, creeks, sloughs, and waterways, as well as nearby in the Columbia River Gorge, or go sea kayaking in the Pacific Ocean.

We did the four-hour kayak tour of Smith & Bybee lakes from Next Adventure, and had a fantastic time.  They are offering an upcoming San Juan Island's Kayak tour--check it out!

Portland Kayaking

Portland Kayaking Tour at Smith & Bybee Lakes with Next Adventure

Portland Kayaking

Portland Kayaking Tour at Smith & Bybee Lakes

TriMet Bike and Ride


It can be a serious pain to get your bike onto MAX during rush hour when the train is full.  TriMet is offering a solution with bike park and rides now in three locations.

At TriMet's Bike & Ride facilities, you can park your bike in a secure, enclosed building with keycard access. You pay just pennies per hour, with no monthly fee. Now open at Sunset, Beaverton and Gresham Central TCs.


Beaverton Transit Center

Located at 4050 SW Lombard St. in Beaverton.
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Gresham Central Transit Center

Located on the east side of the Park & Ride Garage, 523 NE 8th St. in Gresham.
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Sunset Transit Center

Located on the south side of the Park & Ride garage, 10470 SW Barnes Rd. in Beaverton.
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How it works

  • Buy a $20 keycard online from BikeLink™ (888-540-0546). A one-time fee of $5 is charged to activate your card. Keycards are also available at the TriMet Ticket Office at Pioneer Courthouse Square and at the snack bar at Sunset TC (6–10 a.m. and 2–6 p.m.)
  • Insert your keycard at the door to enter the facility and start the meter.
  • Lock your bike to the rack inside using a quality chain or U-lock.
  • Pay just 3 cents/hour 8 a.m.–8 p.m. on weekdays and 1 cent/hour all other times. If you leave a bike longer than 14 days, the bike is considered abandoned.
  • Use your keycard at any BikeLink facility nationwide.
  • Bike & Ride facilities are accessible 24 hours a day with your keycard, and they are monitored by security cameras.

Read more and sign up on the TriMet Website.


Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I've been working a temporary manufacturing gig in Clackamas the past couple of weeks. It's one of those jobs where you have to wear a lab coat or a Tyvec suit, and a hair net (and, in my case, a beard net; all of the bearded employees and contracted laborers are generally identified by height and gait and general amiability.

                                                   Oh, pardon me, I guess it's called a beard RESTRAINT.

Today I was assigned to a sorting room with another worker named Nadia. Our task was to examine individual little 3/4-inch long capsules spinning by on a roller belt and to cull ones that were substandard in one way or another. Nadia would dump a plastic bag of capsules into the hopper, and they would be deposited on the rollers. Nadia, having performed this work before, was lead spotter (I don't know if that's what she would be called by anyone else, really, but she was the one sitting closest to the head of the belt and therefore was the one catching most of the rejects), while I sat on the other side and closer to the end and herded strays she hadn't caught. We both sat, and chatted, and watched the little green capsules roll by.

We did this for five hours this morning. Then I folded and taped boxes for the rest of the day.

Well it's not THAT bad.

Do you now see the need for a rich inner life?

Nadia is a good conversationalist. She's Romanian and speaks five languages, and we have enough curiosity in common that the chat didn't often lag. There have been other occasions, however, when I was left on my own to do some repetitive non-challenging detail, and that's when I turned inward for inspiration and solace. Basically, I thought about what I can do this weekend.

Maybe dinner out? Take the missus for drinks at Portland City Grill, then maybe go hunt down a taste of our Texas roots at Esparza's. The pennies are pinching back on grocery store week, though, so maybe our old tried-and-true neighborhood standby, Mike's Drive-In? Love the Mike's burgers, my very favorite. Or maybe we should try the newcomer to Sellwood (well, new to us), Killer Burger! I've heard nothing but great about that place.

Then maybe Saturday we can pack up and head out of town for the day, say to hike the Old Salmon River Trail up near Welches, a nice, beautiful, easy hike.

Or, hmm, maybe go west instead of east, point the Yaris toward Rockaway Beach instead. Sea breezes, a cooler of snacks and a good book after a good long surf-side walk up and down the beach. The last couple of times we made it to Rockaway we were lugging SOLVe sacks and picking up junk, so to visit just to be sounds marvy. I want to try the Old Oregon Smoke House for the much-vaunted clam chowder, and the fish and chips.

Between this thing and the other thing, I can always go hang out in Portland's Living Room, Pioneer Square, just because I haven't done that in quite a while. People-watch, eat something delicious and perilous from one of the carts, listen to the band or the rabble-rousers or the crazed or whatever else is on offer.

Or perhaps hit the sidewalk and poke my head into a pub or a shop I've not yet visited. Take my own tour of Portland.

You know, I could do all of these things in one day, if I wanted. If I stayed hydrated and snuck in a nap.

Portland Photo of the Week

Broadway Bridge by Melissa Sleasman
Broadway Bridge by Melissa Sleasman

This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is by Melissa Sleasman.  Everyone has their favorite Portland bridge here in Bridgetown.  Mine is the Broadway Bridge because it is closest to my house, super industrial looking, and because of the cheery bright orange-red color, which always stands out in contrast against the Portland gray (or blue) skies.

Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!   All ya gotta do is upload your photos to the Portland photo album for a chance to win.

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit

Isamu Noguchi:We are the Landscape of All We Know

May 3, 2013 at 12pm to July 21, 2013 at 7pm – Portland Japanese Garden Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was one of the twentieth century’s greatest sculptors and designers. His work, at once subtle and bold, traditional and modern, is seen as a true bridge between East and Wes Organized by | Type: art, exhibit

Portland Rose Festival 2013

May 26, 2013 to June 16, 2013Waterfront Portland Rose Festival 2013 Tons of family friendly events held annually each year on the Portland waterfront Downtown.  Visit website for full schedule of Rose Festival 2013 events. Rose Festival of Organized by Portland Rose Festival 2013 | Type: portland rose festival 2013

Winning Play Commission by Andrea Stolowitz

May 28, 2013 at 7:30pm to June 30, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre Fowler/Levin Prize - Winning Play Commission by Andrea Stolowitz May 28 – Jun 30 How long does the battle continue after a soldier returns home? With this newly commissioned play, Oregon playwright A Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

"Ella: The Musical" at Portland Center Stage

May 28, 2013 at 7:30pm to June 23, 2013 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory Weaving myth, memory and music, Ella tells the uplifting and poignant story of one of the greatest jazz/pop vocalists of 20th century music. It's 1966 and the fabled songstress is preparing for one o Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: theater, performing arts

Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail

June 1, 2013 at 10am to August 18, 2013 at 5pm – World Forestry Center Ansel Adams (1902-1984), photographer, environmentalist, and social activist, is recognized as one of America's foremost photographers. HIs life's work established photography as a truly legitimate a Organized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit

PDX Beer Week 2013

June 7, 2013 to June 17, 2013Various PDX Beer Week 2013 Portland Beer Week returns to the greatest beer city in the world this June 7 through June 17. After a successful first year, Portland Beer Week has brought Organized by PDX Beer Week 2013 | Type: pdx beer week 2013

Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design

June 8, 2013 at 10am to September 8, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Portland is the only US venue to showcase this special exhibition that will feature some 40 iconic bicycles showcasing pivotal moments in the evolution of bicycle design. Each bike was hand chosen fr Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, exhibit

Avenue Q

June 13, 2013 at 7:30pm to June 29, 2013 at 7:30pm – The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza June 13-29, 2013, Thursday, Friday, Saturdays @ 7:30 pm This production is a sanctioned event of 2013 Pride NW.Winner of the TONY® "TRIPLE CROWN" for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST BOOK, AVENUE Q Organized by triangle productions! | Type: theatre

Women Who Rock! Triple Tribute Show at Mt. Tabor Theater

June 14, 2013 at 9pm to June 15, 2013 at 2am – Mt. Tabor Theater All female fronted tribute bands will rock the stage at Mt. Tabor Theater on June 14th. Bands include Glass of Hearts - A Blondie Tribute, Gold Dust - A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and HeartBeat - A Heart Organized by Windy | Type: music, performance

Portland Pride Festival 2013

June 15, 2013 to June 16, 2013Waterfront Portland Pride Festival 2013 Visit  for info and schedule We're working as fast as we can to give you a sneak peek for what Pride Northwest has in store for Pride 2013! Check back Organized by Portland Pride Festival 2013 | Type: portland pride festival 2013

Windows on America: The Challenges of Presidential Leadership

June 15, 2013 at 10am to October 31, 2013 at 7pm – Oregon Historical Society Organized by Oregon Historical Society | Type: exhibition

Summer Joyride: Art for the Millions

June 15, 2013 from 10am to 1pm – Portland Art Museum Join the Portland Art Museum on a bicycle tour of great depression-era publicly funded works around town. This ride stops at sites like Skidmore Fountain, Woody Guthrie Circle, and a “secret” mural a Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, journey

Spanish Guitar & Twang: EL TWANGUERO (Diego Garcia)

June 15, 2013 from 8pm to 9:45pm – Camellia Lounge "El Twanguero" (Diego García) makes his first appearance in Portland, Oregon: West Coast Tour 2013, from Mexico up to Vancouver, Canada. Tour information at / Facebook: El Twangue Organized by Maria Garcia | Type: concert

Portland Jewish Film Festival 2013

June 16, 2013 to June 30, 2013Various The Portland Jewish Film Festival explores themes of spirituality and Jewish identity throughout all parts of the world, especially how American Jews perceive themselves in a larger social context. T Organized by Portland Jewish Film Festival 2013 | Type: portland jewish film festival 2013

Bring Your Dad on a Beer Tour

June 16, 2013 from 12pm to 3pm – Portland Breweries - Gigantic, Stickmen & Migration This special Dad’s Day tour begins at Gigantic for a beer tasting and talk about beer - ingredients, styles and the brewing process. Next, it’s off to Stickmen Brewery & Skewery for  brews and sk Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery tour

Summer Fun Camps and Classes

June 17, 2013 at 9:30am to August 15, 2013 at 4pm – Portland Metro Arts SUMMER FUN AT PMA.  A rich variety of exciting half-day and whole-day camps/workshops are available. Some programs focus specifically on dance, music, theatre or visual arts. Others are multi-arts, Organized by Elizabeth Allen | Type: camps, and, classes

Modernism and Beyond: The Architecture of Downtown Walking Tour

June 20, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm – Location provided to ticket purchasers. Downtown Portland contains an abundance of post World War II architecture by Pietro Belluschi, Michael Graves, and the world renowned firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. This tour explores the so Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: walking, tour

Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper

June 20, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm – The Hollywood Theatre The Beatles’ album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is one of the high points of the Beatles’ career, as well as one of the most influential albums in all of popular music. Composer, producer and Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: music, lecture, film

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

Ross Seligman shares five great Portland real estate deals here on the blog each week.  If you're looking to buy a home in Portland, maybe one of these Portland homes for sale is the one for you!

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:

1.  2157 NW IRVING ST Portland, OR 97210



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2. 3624 NE WASCO ST Portland, OR 97232



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3. 5236 SE 32ND AVE Portland, OR 97202



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4. 7325 SE MAIN ST Portland, OR 97215



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5. 7065 N WOOLSEY AVE Portland, OR 97203



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