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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland July 6 - July 13 2013

Welcome to another edition of our all-local Portland blog and welcome to...SUMMER. Everyone in Portland knows that summer actually starts immediately after the 4th of July and indeed, well, it's summertime, baby. You've got exactly 2.5 months to live it up. Speaking of living, last weekend I conquered the Silver Star hike. Silver Star is a grueling, near-vertical (yeah, yeah, yeah - so it seems) hike outside of the gorgeous little river town, Washougal, Washington.

Silver Star 10

The gorgeous white flowers are avalanche lilies

I had no idea what to expect. My husband read that an old, old mine was once up in thar hills and he wanted to metal detect up there. (Nerd :). I rode along, half imagining a prairie of sorts and maybe a little hike. Let's just say I was not prepared for a 1500 foot climb straight up a beast of a mountain and-- as I watched the very young and the very old trot past me like I was a sloth-- I kept going, with a smidge of true grit and pride keeping my burning legs moving. At one point, I even stumbled across a patch of snow which I used to dab my lava hot limbs and face. Snow! I kept going. I am so glad I did.

Silver Star trail

This is probably called the stairway to heaven

Somewhere about 3/4 of the way to the summit, we came across a rare zero incline trail where I found myself entranced by the thousands of wildflowers, butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and songbirds. Heaven on earth. As we pushed our way to the top, I could see why three pristine views of our magnificent volcanoes would beckon those to climb nearly 4 miles up to the top of the mountain just to see it. If I can do it, so can you. Go. Your toosh may be sore later but your heart and mind will thank you.

Silver Star Trail Summit

The stunning view of Mt. Ranier was an absolute treat





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Summer Whine by Rob Creighton Garrison

You're not hot, are you?

Lemme tell you something, one summer when I lived in West Texas, I actually put the egg-fried-on-the-sidewalk hypothesis to the test. Worked a treat. Worked the next aftenoon, too. Week after that, same. Year after that, ditto. The point here is that it's hot all summer, BIG heat, every summer in Texas. Portland doesn't compare. Some places in the state of Oregon get a bit warm, sure. Burns, maybe. Baker City, okay. But Portland stumbles into a hot day like a tramp into the side of a Max train, not intentionally and not for long.

I once filled a pool in Dallas just by lying in the bottom. THAT'S hot.

“It's so hot!”, my coworkers used to lament, flopping around open dock doors like seals on a rock. “Are you kidding me?”, I replied contemptuously. “In Texas I never had to carry a lighter, I just touched the ends of my cigarettes to the dashboard. Nancy-boys.” But I quit smoking since then. Seriously, don't smoke.

I took a nice long walk in Abilene once, and when I got home I found two dogs and an armadillo behind me huddling in my shadow. How hot are you again?

I attended a christening for a friend's baby in Lubbock one year, but they couldn't baptize the kid. It was August, and certain members of the congregation had panicked and drank all the water.

The Sun comes out during the summer in Portland, and suddenly no one knows how to act. The temperature hits 70, everyone hits the sidewalks like the sunshine is some kind of one-day sale. It rises to 75, people start slowing down, flicking looks of concern at each other. At 77 degrees they start looking up into the sky fearfully, like they hear the hum of a locust swarm approaching. Outside the grocery store yesterday, a lady paused before crossing the parking lot to her car. She looked back at the clerk wheeling her cart along behind her and said “ that sizzling I hear? My milk won't explode, will it?”. Come on, people!

You ride a bicycle at any sort of decent speed in San Antonio, Texas, you'd better have pontoons fitted because otherwise your tires will hydroplane in your sweat. People shoot at each other in hopes of catching a breeze. I remember one year in Austin, mourners rushed a burial site before the casket could be lowered, just so they could stand in the grave to cool off. The deceased had been of small stature, so a riot broke out. That's hot, my friends.


As relatively cool as it can be here in the summer at times, a pet or a kid left in the car can dangerously overheat very quickly. Don't leave them in a car and don't let others do it either. Take your kids with you, and if you can't take your pets in the store, leave 'em at home in the nice air-conditioning. Report any vehicle with kids or animals left inside. Embarrassing a stranger is better than leaving their beloveds to bake. Kids and pets are cool, and they should stay that way!

Get out and enjoy summer.





The Portland Videos of the Week- Summer



The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is by the talented Rachel Carlson.

Rachel shares a great night shot of the fireworks display down on the Portland waterfront.

Happy Day of Independence 2013

Rachel wins a $20 gift certificate to the world famous: Powell's Bookstore. 

Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life." ~Helen Exley


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Featured Portland Events

First Thursday Portland

January 3, 2013 at 6pm to December 5, 2013 at 9pm –"Pearl District"First Thursday Portland Gallery Walk in the Pearl Every first Thursday of the Month in the Pearl District at various art galleries. Visit for info 2013 First ThuOrganized by First Thursday | Type: first thursday portland


First Fridays SE Galleries Art Walk

January 4, 2013 at 6pm to December 6, 2013 at 8pm –"Various SE Galleries"Welcome to First Friday! Hosted by Portland's Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist reOrganized by First Fridays | Type: first fridays


Tabor Farmers Market

January 5, 2013 at 6pm to December 28, 2013 at 7pm – "SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St."Tabor Farmers Market @ Cafe au Play is a Year Round Farmers Market in SE Portland at SE 57 & Division St. The market runs every Saturday from 10am to 2pm. This unique market surrounds Cafe au PlaOrganized by Tabor Farmers Market | Type: farmers market


Last Thursdays on Alberta

January 31, 2013 at 6pm to December 26, 2013 at 7pm – "Alberta Street"Last Thursdays on Alberta Street Gallery and shop art walk. Held every last Thursday of each month.  Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, is now in its 14th season. Artists, musOrganized by Last Thursdays on Alberta | Type: last thursdays on albertaYou have not respon


Fierce: Animal Life from the Collection

May 4, 2013 to August 25, 2013 – Portland Art MuseumAnimals have always held a special place in our hearts. Focusing on both wild and domestic animals of all kinds, Fierce is a photography exhibit compiled from our expansive collection. With over 70 pOrganized by Henry Moreno | Type: artexhibit


Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail

June 1, 2013 at 10am to August 18, 2013 at 5pm –World Forestry CenterAnsel 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 aOrganized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit


Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design

June 8, 2013 at 10am to September 8, 2013 at 5pm –Portland Art MuseumPortland 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 frOrganized by Henry Moreno | Type: artexhibit


FREE Tours of the Gerding Theater at the Armory

June 15, 2013 at 12pm to December 21, 2013 at 1pm –Portland Center StageOn the first and third Saturdays of each month, the historic Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts FREE, behind-the-scenes tours. Get the full story of how the Armory Annex transformed from an 1891 mil


Summer Fun Camps and Classes

June 17, 2013 at 9:30am to August 15, 2013 at 4pm –Portland Metro ArtsSUMMER 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: campsandclasses


OMSI Mummies of the World Exhibit

June 30, 2013 to September 8, 2013 – OMSI Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancOrganized by Lorri E. | Type: omsi


Photo Contest: Oregon Wild

July 3, 2013 at 6pm to September 20, 2013 at 7pm –submit online: Oregon Wild, 5825 N. Greeley Ave, Portland, OR 97217 Email: Find adventure in the perfect shot. The Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest is back for its ninth yOrganized by Oregon Wild | Type: photographycontest


Waterfront Blues Festival 2013

July 4, 2013 to July 7, 2013 – WaterfrontWaterfront Blues Festival 2013 Plan now for the 26th annual Waterfront Blues Festival, Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7, 2013! The Waterfront Blues FestivaOrganized by Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival 2013 | Type: waterfront blues festival 2013


Bella Organic Harvest Concert

July 6, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm – Bella Organic and Portland Pumpkin FarmThe farm is the place for families to  meet, share the bounty, enjoy nature and yes, listen to local sounds by local artists.We will be hosting a Harvest Concerts series  Saturdays starting at 6:00 POrganized by Bella Organic Farm | Type: musicfestival,familypetsberrypickingwinebeer


Out There Beer Tour: Eastside

July 7, 2013 from 1pm to 6pm – Fearless Brewing, Boring Brewing, The Hoppy Brewer & McMenamins Highland PubThis tour hits the road to visit the lands just to the east of Portland proper to visit four locations. After loading up the bus, the tour’s first stop will be Fearless Brewing in Estacada for a tourOrganized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type:brewery tour



The Best Deals in Portland This Week

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The Best Deals in Portland This Week:

July 1st - July 8th

1.  2914 NE 50TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



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2. 706 SE PEACOCK LN Portland, OR 97214



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3. 2222 NW HOYT ST Portland, OR 97210



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4. 7623 SE WOODWARD ST Portland, OR 97206



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5. 4574 SE 85TH AVE Portland, OR 97266



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