Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a flood plain tucked between the east bank of the Willamette River and the bluffs of the Sellwood neighborhood, is one of the most spacious and beautiful natural areas in the Portland area. It’s one-mile dirt trail offers a quiet, shaded hike on the eastern edge of the flood basin, with [&
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If there is one way to learn about the history of your city, take a history tour by bicycle. Bike Milwaukie’s Greg Baartz-Bowman led the forty-rider Sunday ride through Milwaukie neighborhoods, pointing out key historical landmark tour. The ride started out at Milwaukie City Hall approximately 9:30 a.m.then returns to
Saturday’s bicycling journey takes me on a 35-mile round-trip journey to the end of the Springwater Corridor Trail in Boring, Oregon. It wasn’t until last December when the trail paving project between SE Rugg Rd. and Boring Station completed and opened to the public. This ride is very much straight forward wi
Tommy Tutone’s lead singer Tommy Heath performs a live solo acoustics street performance at Wine:30 in downtown Milwaukie on Saturday night. What a fabtastic night and thank you Tommy Tutone and Wine:30 bar! I love it when downtown Milwaukie becomes lively on summer nights. View Photographs
Of all the years that I’ve lived in Milwaukie, I’ve always wanted to take a cruise on the Portland Spirit. Today, I finally booked reservations, hopped on the TriMet bus to Hawthorne Bridge and boarded the Portland Spirit. The lunch cruise idea sparked yesterday afternoon when I stopped at the Salmon Street Foun
After spending a good two-hour lunch cruise on the Portland Spirit today, I walk back across the Hawthorne Bridge to catch my bus back to Milwaukie. As I’m walking, I look down and spot a yellow and white sailboat capsized and a life jacket floating along the Willamette River east bank. Next to is a […]
It’s been a long time (actually, since March 2013) when I last rode my traditional 50-mile loop. What I can tell you is the nice, warm and clear day brought a smile to my face. The ride also allowed me to make a few critiques about my ride. Indeed, I do need to start riding […]
At 8:13 a.m. Pacific Time today, I received the first Tweet indicating a Malaysia Airline passenger jet had crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. As more information became available, the alleged cause of the crash is the Boeing 777 jet was cruising at 33,000 feet when it was shot down by a ground-to-air missile. [
Today’s outgoing adventure takes me to the historic Timberline Lodge at the 5,960-foot level on Mt. Hood, the tallest peak in the state of Oregon. I started off with a fantastic and delicious lunch buffet in the historic lodge’s Cascades Dining Room (and a waffle mishap). After lunch, I shot a few photos from in
This is my first year attending TikiKon. I worked Friday night, so I missed all the fun during the Mysteries of the Deep festivities at Star Theater in downtown Portland. TikiKon started for me late Saturday morning at the Red Lion at the Quay in Vancouver, Washington. Registration check-in in the vendor’s hall proces
I’m yielding to a rooster crossing SE 29th Ave. in Milwaukie.
At the Portland Art Museum is this statue of a coyote sitting and staring towards the plaza between the two museum buildings. Three weeks ago, CycloTram blog featured a more elaborate write-up about this same coyote called “Coyote IV.” For me, it was more about taking a photograph under the “Oregon soft
This is one of the sights captured from my evening bicycle ride tonight. A Zodiac towing a homemade raft on the Willamette River below the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, Oregon. Marquam and Tillikum bridges are in the background.
Monday’s thunderstorm passing over the Portland (Ore.) region pummeled half-inch diameter hail onto the region. Knowing parts of the United States receives hail a few inches in diameter, half-inch diameter hail seems like nothing. It’s also rare for Portland to receive hail this large like the one that fell Mond
Seth McFarland’s “Family Guy” and “Cosmos” have been such a hit. His A Million Ways To Die In the West, however, fell flat like a dead horse. The crude and dry humor in the this western comedy just didn’t ignite a chuckle for me. I felt quite bored sitting through the entire two hours o
A strong thunderstorm cell passed over the Portland area Monday afternoon with pounding hail, rumbling thunder, and frequent lightning flashes. About 4:20 p.m. a storm cell moved over Milwaukie area from the north with thunder roaring. Shortly after, the rain started falling then with marble-sized hail but very little wind.
It was to no surprise for me that after participating in Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride last year that I’d be asked about riding in it for 2014. My answer for this year is no. I had my reasons to decline participating this year. There were two factors involved: the ride’s new meeting location and [R
Tonight was a very good night for those who wished for mural art in Milwaukie city limits. The Milwaukie City Council voted unanimously in favor for ordinances that make code changes and amendments to allow mural art on commercial building walls within the city limits. The current code places murals under the same definitio
I’m always up for a good bike ride, especially up for one where I can ride with our city leaders and fellow community volunteers. The first-ever “Rollin’ On the River,” a new ride from Portland to Milwaukie organized by Milwaukie Rules’ Mandy Zelinka, was both fun and informative. Both Milwauki
The warm, summer-like weather in the Portland area was prime for some bike riding. My ride, however, was cut short as soon as I left my driveway and pedaled fifty feet up the hill. One stroke felt quite firm. The next stroke I could hear the chain slip and felt the loss of torque in […]
If you can’t get enough of Bike Milwaukie rides, then there’s the “Rollin’ on the River” bicycle rides. Four events will take place each first Sunday between June and September. The rides start at downtown Portland at the Old Town Max Station at 11:00 a.m. The ride usually lasts about an hour.
Word came around earlier this morning that Multnomah County is opening Larch Mountain Road at milepost 10 gate to the 4,000-foot summit this afternoon. The 14.5-mile road is indeed now open. I headed up there this afternoon and shot a few pictures from Sherrard Point. A short 0.3-mile hike on Sherrard Trail #443 takes you [
Multnomah County says the upper Larch Mountain Road will reopen Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. Crews will remove the snow gate blocking the county’s “highest road” Larch Mountain Road near milepost 10. The 14.5-mile road reaches a parking at the 4,000-foot summit that serves Larch Mountain and Oneonta
Multnomah Falls’ iconic pedestrian foot bridge spanning over the lip of the lower falls reopened on Tuesday. The bridge was closed back in January after a rock tumbled from the hillside then struck the bridge, damaging the concrete rails and created a gaping hole in the deck. Sadly, the damage worsened after reports t
In nearly an hour ago, U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ruled Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Almost immediately, county clerks have issued marriage licenses to same-sex couple. Same-sex couples can now live the life together nearly the same way heterosexual couples live their lives. Si
Sunday’s Bike Milwaukie took us meandering through the six Milwaukie neighborhoods (except Island Station) and by two industrial districts. On the cloudy and cool morning, ride leader Matt Menely mixed up the routes a little for something different and not become repetitive. A couple of key points on Sunday’s ri
One of my favorite places to photograph is White River Falls State Park. This site is also the location of an abandoned hydroelectric power plant that once provided electricity in the Wasco and Sherman counties area. The plant, built in 1910, was in service until The Dalles Dam began producing electricity in the 1960s. Sinc
Mt. St. Helens does not seem to want to rest. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Cascade Volcano Observatory (CVO) in Vancouver, Washington, is indicating magma “re-pressurizing” in a reservoir beneath the state’s most infamous volcano. CVO says, “Scientists have been monitoring subtle inflat
The ‘Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse happened on the night of April 14 and into April 15, 2014. Clouds obscured the moon at the start, but finally cleared off during the transit and into the eclipse. The lunar eclipse started around 10:50 p.m. PT and finally became a total eclipse around 12:15 a.m.