13 August 2007

Some other bridges

I've returned from the Cape Fear Coast unscathed. It was an awesome long weekend on the other coast, in the ocean you can swim in without a wet suit. I gorged on E. Carolina barbecue, hush puppies, sweet tea and biscuits. I also got my pseudo Chicago style pizza at O'Hare, at least the best you can get in the airport. The Reggio's looked exactly like the stuff at Uno, which all looked a lot like the Wolfgang Puck pizzas. If I hadn't had so many gin & tonics the night before I would've had a Vienna beef dog too, but the gut just wasn't feeling it. Liz & Andy are hitched and on the way to Europe. Some pics will follow whenever I get them from other people as I didn't take the camera.
I requested today off work as a recovery day from yesterday's full day of traveling, which was an excellent idea. After almost a week in the stifling humidity of NC, today in Portland was beautiful, a great chance to amble around the hills in NW this afternoon and work out the Deep Vein Thromboses from 10 hours of sitting.

This street sign is quite non-standard. It has to be from after 1933, that's when the Sons of Norway lobbied to have "Hillside Drive's" name changed to "Leif Erikson Drive." The road often washed out due to the steep terrain, and was rebuilt during the depression as a make-work project and soon washed out again. It hasn't been a viable road for a very long time, but this old sign is still hangin' in there.

The view from the Thurman St. Bridge, Portland's oldest at just over 100. The little red arch is the new Sauvie Island bridge, waiting to be floated down the river and put in place. (Enlarge for a better look.)

The creaky underbelly of the bridge over Macleay Park.

Some awesome old-school barriers and a chain link fence separate traffic from the edge. Its still safer than the Sellwood...

Refreshing water for Man and Beast. I can't find the story on this thing, but I love it. Its just at the top of the Thurman St. Bridge.

This is the little known Alexandria Ave. Viaduct. Its tucked away in a low traffic area way up at the end of the road. It serves no purpose but to provide access to a city water tank and the Salvation Army home for girls.

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