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Touring Portland Oregon
on the Willamette River

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  August, 2005: As part of Ben and Kim's University graduation, the physician's assistant school rented the Portland Spirit for the afternoon. This tour From the bow looking toward the stern
Downtown Portland boat cruised the Willamette River through Portland, Oregon and served a great lunch while cruising. The weather was perfect and the views (for this mountain boy) were spectacular. What I saw were "mountains" of office buildings where much commerce must be happening.
Portland is known as the "city of bridges". These are mostly bridges over the Willamette River which separates the two halves of Portland and a couple of bridges over the mighty Columbia River which separates Washington from Oregon. City of Bridges
  New high rise construction Apparently there is not enough office space in Portland because these three huge office buildings are under construction.
How about living in a houseboat on the Willamette? Highend house boats
City of bridges
How many bridges do you count? Looking north, how many bridges can you count? The towers are the Portland Convention Center where many commercial display shows happen as well

as sporting and entertainment events.

The submarine is parked at OMSI , Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

I had to photograph the

OMSI Science Museum
  Jet Boat Tour jetboats. They are identical to the Hellgate Jetboats which tour the Rogue River from my home town of Grants Pass. On the
Rogue, the jet boats are truly needed to get over the shallow rapids. These boats when up to speed (they have three Fun in a Jet boat
End of the tour
V-8 engines), only need 3" of water. In this case, a wide spot in the river serves as a "play pool" for giving the passengers a thrill ride. It also serves to wet them down on a hot day. Be sure to pass your mouse through the second jetboat photo to see what I mean.
Walking Portland Portland is the largest city in Oregon with many great walks. You'll find 22 excursions with detailed descriptions and maps. Stroll along the Willamette River and into quaint shopping districts. Click on: Walking Portland for more detail of this book and ordering information from
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