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Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Well kids, it's going to be a busy spring here in Urban Adventureland. After the South PDX Expedition (this Sunday 2/24), I have 3 adventures ahead. Two of them old favorites, one brand new one! Here ya go!

Saturday 8 March

Take an 'urban hike' up to Council Crest, highest point in the city (1,070 feet!) Use secret stairways and paths and not-so-secret sidewalks to get to the top (note: no actual rock-type-climbing involved). There will be great views of the city along the way, and the top you may be able to peep four different volcanoes!

At the top we will have a picnic lunch. Bring food and beverage to share (keep it veggie-vegan). We'll also stop at a market along the way for supplies.

THE WHAT: an exploration to the highest point in town via the Goose Hollow and Portland Heights neighborhoods--on foot!

THE WHEN: Saturday, March 8th, 2008 at 11am. Walk should last about three hours, with plenty of stops.

THE WHERE: We'll be starting at Collins Circle, SW 18th Ave at Jefferson St in Goose Hollow

THE WHY: because now is a good time for a walk, and many people have never been to Council Crest!

THE WHAT TO BRING: Water to drink. Food to eat and share. Tri-Met fare ($1.75) for possible return bus ride.

THE HOW: On your feet! Wear some good walking shoes!

HOW TO GET THERE: Via Tri-Met MAX-Red Line, MAX-Blue Line, (MAX STOP: Goose Hollow) or 6-MLK bus (end of line).

THE DETAILS: RAIN OR SHINE. Be amply prepared for the weather. If it's clear and sunny out, it can be quite windy at the top.

Urban Nature Hike Series
Saturday 22 March
meet at Hawthorne Hostel, 3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd
probably will take about 4 hrs
transit: #14/Hawthorne

This will be the first hike in a series throughout spring/summer! Let’s explore some of the various natural areas around town that can be reached by bus. We’ll meet up at the Hostel and take the bus to a different place each time, some of which you may neve have heard of!

For our first hike, we’ll head over to SW and trek through Marshall and Tryon Creek Parks. This forested corridor follows the waters of Tryon Creek and provides not only a great respite from our urban environment, but will give us a chance to see spring in action.

Bring water and a snack, we’ll be out there for a bit.


Alberta Cooperative Grocery, 1500 NE Alberta St (in front of)
meet at 3pm

Hey, spring is in full effect, so what better way to celebrate than taking a leisurely bicycle ride along the Alameda Ridge, during the twilight hours? Ride an easy five miles or so, taking in the nice neighborhoods, scenic overlooks, and hidden treasures along the way. And at the end of the ride, you have the option of taking a li'l 'adventure' ride up Rocky Butte - that is, if you're up for it!

At no point on the ride will we go up or down the Alameda Ridge! No hills unless you go on the Adventure portion of the ride.

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