Although these photos were taken on our anniversary several years ago, they are nice shots to show off our beautiful city. Portland is a clean, green city of waterways and bridges. We enjoyed a lovely lunchtime "cruise" up the river to Lake Oswego and back again. The large Portland Spirit boat was out of commission for the day due to a blown head gasket, so we were escorted through the dining area of it and onto it's smaller version, The Willamette Star.
We are blessed to have many special friends. In this case, Linda Banks, a lovely woman with whom Joe works, gave us a gift certificate for the Portland Spirit which covered most of the expense of a fine luncheon cruise for our special day.
The Bosun on board was a fine, friendly, and very informative man who willingly took "specially posed-post card quality" portraits of anyone who had a camera and was willing to ask! He also gave us a running dialogue of history and facts pertaining to the sites and landmarks along the river.
It was a very small group of 25 people including crew that sailed May 20-2002. We were on the upper deck.
There were many fine homes and a variety of eclectic houseboats along the river front on both sides. Unfortunately, we failed to take any pictures of the many rows of houseboats, or of the piper pontoon plane and boat docks seen along the way. There were parks and a golf course, a gravel yard, and a huge old barge. Many sites of interest, but we mostly just enjoyed them and the unexpectedly pleasant weather.
Some fascinating information related by the bosun was regarding this landmark called Elk Island. It is actually a crater cap from an ancient volcanic eruption which created the depths in the river in this area of the Willamette.
The Willamette River was named by the early Indians of the area and means, literally, Green Water. The Island known as Elk Island was so named due to the discovery of heaps of Elk antlers and bones found there. Apparently when the early Indians lived in the area and the herds were plentiful, they would round up Elk and drive them over the cliff where they met their deaths upon the Island Rock. There the Indians would remove the tongue and meat and leave the bones behind believing that there was a never ending supply of Elk provided for their benefit.
The Sellwood Bridge, above, marks the beginning of the end of the journey and the turning around point. As the Willamette River shrinks to smaller tributaries here, our boat can go no further. The City of Lake Oswego was settled by a man from New York who built a smeltering foundry there, and later his town was incorporated with that of another.
The beauty of the city and its waterways are quite apparent even on a cloudy day. The clouds just add to the glory of the magnificence to be seen around the many landmarks of Portland.
The City of Portland Sparkles in the background
Back to the city and the Portland Spirit dock. The Salmon Street fountain is just across the street from the World Trade Center towers where Joe works.
The Morrison Bridge is a much used and well -
known landmark in Portland. It is a bridge that can be raised to let through the taller masts of some of the river traffic.