We are about 10 miles South of downtown Portland, on the West side of the Willamette River. Interstate 5 is along our West boundary. Hwy 217 ends where LO begins. Interstate 205 is about a mile South of our South boundary. What does this mean? Well, it means you can get anywhere in the Portland metro area pretty darn easily. I-5 is the main artery of the entire West coast of the United States. Besides getting you into downtown Portland fairly quickly, it also takes you to Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. 217 takes you to the largest employers in the state. You know, Nike, Intel, those guys. And 205 takes you to the East side of the metro area, including the airport. It’s kinda ideal.
Then there is she convenience of shopping. I’ve made this point before, so I’ll keep it brief. You need to buy something? It’s just minutes away. I’m talking more grocery stores than are really needed (is that possible?), Trader Joe’s, Costco, Home Depot, Bridgeport Village and Washington Square, it’s all super easy and quick to get to.
But what I really want to talk about are the parks. I’m a walker. I love to walk in nature parks. I first started doing this because I was putting in a lot of miles to train for a goal I had set for myself. I was looking for dirt paths that would be easy on my joints. Two parks I am completely in love with are Tryon Creek State Park and the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Tryon Creek has 8 miles of hiking trails, 3.5 miles of horse trails, 3 miles of biking trails, and a handicapped accessible trail. It meanders around a small stream that is in a revine, so the trails are very up and down (a great workout!) and through a lush forest. The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is through a wetlands that is set aside for the migration of birds. The walk is flat but so majestic. What I love about this place, besides viewing the wildlife (which I see every time I go), is that it is set aside for the exclusive use of people on foot, walking. There are no bikes, no dogs, not even joggers. It’s extremely quiet and serene. Such a refuge to the soul in a world that is so busy and loud. I like to go early in the morning because the birds are just getting going. By mid afternoon they tend to be less evident. Heron, geese, ducks, red-wing blackbirds, nutria, on one occasion, an otter. It’s super enjoyable to see what can be seen, and it’s just a few miles from LO.
It’s all about quality of life!