Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall walk at Waterfront park Portland, OR

Hello Friends!

It's that time of year again, FALL!  My very favorite season of all!  On Ricky and my days off together we enjoy doing things around the beautiful city of Portland, OR.  A few days ago we went down to Waterfront Park
to get some exercise and enjoy the beauty of the city with the leaves changing colors. 
We start our journey by public transportation.
Here is a view of the Trimet Rail System map(sorry for the blurry photo). This map shows you the different colored lines of the MAX(Metropolitan Area Xpress). This is our light rail/train(same thing) that takes all over the city along with buses. Since our move to our apartment we live right off a MAX line so we get to enjoy speedy transit through the city most places we go.

Here is a beautiful little free bike repair station. Portland has a bike map for the entire city of bike only routes! 
On our way to the bridge to get to the walking path.
Here is the Steel bridge .
Here is a view from on the bridge walking across.
It's a little hard to tell wha'ts going on in this photo, but there is a little portion of the bridge that raises for boats to go through unlike smaller bridges where the entire bridge opens to allow boats safe passage. We were lucky enough to get to see the bridge raise on our walk!

Here is the little guy that needed to get through. Funny enough it looks like the only thing that didn't clear the bridge was the antennas!

We saw these geese hungrily feeding in one of the parks open grassy areas. In Portland for summer events the grass gets so trampled they actually cage off grassy areas to allow them to re-grow over the winter !

Here is a view of the Convention Center from across the river. I really like the shape of the building.
There is art EVERYWHERE in Portland! This was a sculpture under the bridge along the path.

Here is one of those fountains that squirts up the little shoots of water.

Here is a much better shot a portion of the bridge raising for a boat. I don't know how we managed to arrive at the bridges as they were letting boats through that day, but it was really cool to see the bridges raise :)

Here is where people wait for the bridge to lower again to pass.

There was this cool boat museum on the water that you could check out. We didn't go inside, but it looked pretty cool.

More sculpture along the walk way. This one looks like a ball inside a net.

Here is part of the path that is on the water. It has these long rusty poles with white pointy tops. I like this view. It think it would be cool if a painting was on the poles where it made an image from this perspective! 

Here is another shot of that same walking area.
This was the end of that path. I love the curve of the street above, the brightly colored trees and the covered walk way :)

Another sweet sculpture made out of stained glass .It was all this gorgeous reddish orange color with an iridescent luster!

Doesn't this one look like a tree trunk and roots with the greenery above? I'm not sure what it was supposed to be, but it's some sort of rusty metal.

Some more metal sculptures.

A seagull just chillin out by the water.
The MAX that takes us home. The Blue line that goes to Gresham. This is a city just outside of Portland and the end of the line for this color train.

I hope you enjoyed seeing our river front walk!

I just wanted to thank all of you that commented on my post about naming the jewelry side of my shop! You all are so wonderful to help me brain storm! I will keep you all posted as we get things sorted. This is also the reason I'm not doing listings today like I normally would. Don't worry though, I have some wonderful beads for the next shop update!

I would also like to share the wonderful post Staci Louise, of SLArtisan Accents did about our bead swap on the Love My Art Jewelry blog! I totally adore Staci and her work! Stay tuned for more about our swap and the beads we received!

See you soon!

xo Genea


Elizabeth said...

I love Portland and really miss it!! thanks for the tour and pics of all the things that make Portland such a fabulous city! we lived in Longview WA for a couple of years - 12 years ago- and I got into Portland several times- my kids were very little then and it made it hard to get down there as often I would have liked!!
I will be coming to Portland next Fall for Art and Soul- as long as my classes fill and I can't wait~!!!

Genea said...

Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for your post!

How wonderful! I just heard about Art & Soul just before it happened. I'm sorry to have missed it, but would love to attend this following year as well!

Your cuff bracelets are gorgeous!

xo Genea

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