MISCELLANEOUS: Hot springs, beaches, cycling, films
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DOWNTOWN PORTLAND COMMUTE
Commuting by bike is not only cheaper than the bus, but in good conditions, I've made the trip from Reed to SW 6th Ave. in the middle of the city in just twenty minutes: that's faster than most cars can make it, and gloating as you slide pass autos stuck in traffic is a lot of fun as well.
The following is a description of my preferred route downtown: it follows bike lanes 90% of the time, it passes through cool neighborhoods, and it's fast. It also passes by two Burgerville joints, in case you get hungry on the way. Though it follows less busy streets, a helmet is still highly recommended, as there will be traffic. This route follows the route of bus 10, so if the directions are confusing, look for the #10 brown beaver bus stop signs.
From 28th Ave. (the street that runs along the west end of campus, from Asylum block to Eastmoreland Hospital) ride north for about a dozen blocks, straight through the blinking red light intersection at Steele and the light at Holgate, until you arrive at the blinking red light at the "End of the Universe" district on Gladstone Street (on your left will be the "Pub at the End of the Universe" and several blocks to your right is the "Shop at the End of the Universe"). Take a left and ride the bike lane two blocks to the bottom of the hill at 26th Ave., on which you'll take a right to head north again towards the traffic light at Powell. Go straight through the intersection and note that Cleveland High School, the Cleavie breeding ground, is on your right. The next blinking red light is for Clinton Street: there, take a left down the hill and over the speed bumps until you get to the stop sign at 21st Ave. Take a right and ride two blocks to the stop light at Division, where you'll take a left, then a quick right onto the diagonal street through Ladd's Addition. Ride straight through, following the bike route signs until you reach the five-way intersection at Burgerville on Hawthorne. Bear right onto 12th Ave. and ease into the middle or left lane to make the first left turn onto Madison Street's bike lane. From there, just go straight through the last few stop lights and over the Hawthorne Bridge. Now you're in downtown Portland- don't give money to the panhandlers, lock your bike so it doesn't get stolen, and go have some fun.
by Christian McNeil
COUNCIL CREST BIKE TOUR
Council Crest Park, at 1,070 feet, is the highest point in the Metro area, so it's ripe for bragging rights. Besides being there, it's also a nice park from which you can see four volcanos on a clear day.
To get there, you have to go downtown first (see the directions above). Near the end of the Hawthorne Bridge, there's an old off-ramp that dumps you onto Waterfront Park, where there's a big fountain and an ampitheatre overlooking the river. That's the eastern end of Salmon Street: go west (uphill) on it until it ends after 20 or so blocks at Vista Ave. and the entrance to Washington Park. Take a left onto Vista Ave. and continue to go uphill. From there, there are various routes to get to Council Crest: just go uphill until you can't go uphill any further. A red and white radio tower marks the summit.
POWELL BUTTE MOUNTAIN BIKING
FOREST PARK MOUNTAIN BIKING
OREGON COAST BIKE TOUR
BAGBY HOT SPRINGS
Description coming soon: in the meantime, beware of the worst crime in the Oregon Cascades.
BRIETENBRUSH HOT SPRINGS
After finals ended spring semester 2001, Karyn Foster and I took a trip to Sauvie Island's beaches on the Columbia River. Sauvie Island is a pleasant place, and since we were there on a weekday, it wasn't at all crowded.
You have two beachgoing options at Sauvie Island: the first (closer) beach is right next to the road. On weekends it tends to be populated with families, and their kids, and their dogs. The second beachgoing option, about a mile beyond the first, is a nude beach. There are fewer families there, but there is a volleyball net. The people there on a weekday tend to be older and unemployed- that is, you might be disappointed if you're only going for aesthetic appreciation of the ideal human physique.
To get to Sauvie Island, take McLoughlin Blvd. north to MLK to the Burnside Bridge. Then follow the signs for US 30 west: you'll go onto the I-205 freeway through northwest Portland, then exit onto a surface street that passes through the Northwest industrial area (including the Metro dump!). You'll pass the St. John's bridge: when you do, keep an eye out for a 7-11 on the right side of the road: you'll need to buy a parking permit there. The Sauvie Island bridge is well marked, and once you cross it, follow the signs on the island's roads for the beaches (they're a 30 minute drive from the bridge).
by Christian McNeil
This is the beach that's featured at the end of the Goonies. Haystack Rock is at the southern end. The beach is busy and the water's cold, with dangerous riptides.
Take US 26 (Powell Blvd., around here) east, past Beaverton and the Coast Range, until it terminates at 101, the coastal highway. Then go south for about five miles to the hamlet of Cannon Beach. Park your car and walk west until your feet get wet, then stop. Hopefully, you're at the beach now, because if you're not, you're lost and your feet are wet.
BANFF FILM FESTIVAL
Follow this link for Peter Westley's summary of the Fall Break 2001 fly fishing trip to the Crooked River.