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MAX Points: Clackamas to Hillsboro

I have been wanting to go the the ends of the lines for awhile. One end  is Clackamas Town Center on  the green line; the Max Station is by the big mall surrounded by other shopping centers and a free park and ride garage. This was the starting point for me and Portland Rebel Mary C.  Our destination: Hillsboro, at the end of the blue line.

Why Hillsboro? It is named after Oregon pioneer David Hill and was incorporated in 1876.  It’s downtown reflects its long history and the charm of a small town. The giant sequoias in front of the Washington County Courthouse, for example, were planted in the 1880s, from  cones that John Porter (Porter and Sons Nursery) brought back  from his California gold mining adventure. No doubt its hometown feel contributed to Hillsboro being named among the best places to retire. Read the rest of this entry »

Oregon City–A Visit with History

  A blue-sky day with a hint of autumn, new rebel Mary Celniker made her first trip with me.  We walked down from my new home to the Milwaukie transit center and caught TriMet bus 33 (which runs between Portland and Clackamas Community College) to Oregon City.

Oregon City is a small city 12 miles south of downtown Portland, along the east side of the Willamette River with a view of the 40-foot-high Willamette Falls. The oldest incorporated city west of the Rockies, it is steeped in history.  One day was clearly not enough to see all that OC has to offer.  It is now on our “must return” list.

It was founded by John McLoughlin, an employee of the British Hudson’s Bay Company. Often called the father of Oregon, McLoughlin established a settlement in 1829. By 1849 it was the capital of the Oregon Territory, an area that included what is now Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Montana, Wyoming, and British Columbia. The McLoughlin house was moved uptown to the top of Singer Hill, at the corner of 7th and Center streets and has been preserved as a museum by the National Parks Service. Read the rest of this entry »

Mary and Gail: 4Ts (sort of) in Portland

Mary was in Portland town, so we spent the day on buses, street car, Max and the Tram.  Not quite the 4T trip of guidebook fame; we skipped the 4-mile  trek from the zoo to the tram because the trail is still muddy.

We began our trip in Sellwood–the cute neighborhood in the south east corner of  Portland along the Willamette River. Our day began with breakfast of course–at Bertie Lou’s around the corner from where I live. Can’t get much more local! With a great breakfast to get us through our adventure, we walked the half-mile to the catch bus 19 at the corner of Bybee and Milwaukie.We had all-day passes, so we would not have to deal with Trimet fares. Read the rest of this entry »

The littlest rebel returns!

The RBB March 26, 2010 post features Max, my adorable grand nephew.   Max has returned to the great Northwest, with his Mom (Sarah), Sarah’s friends Riana, and Riana’s two year old daughter, Shiway. 

In early November these two brave women and their two always-on-the-go two year olds took Portland by storm.

Following is Sarah’s write-up of the trip…she is convinced using public transportation with toddlers is the way to go!  Yeah, Sarah! 

I’ve spent the majority of my life in Alaska – a state that’s not exactly known for its public transportation systems, outside of the Marine Highway (the ferry system that serves Southeast Alaska and goes as far as Bellingham, WA – what an RBB adventure that would be!).   With a landmass four times the size of Texas and the great number of people who live outside of urban areas, the developmentof a public transportation infrastructure has presented a challenge.   In my 25+ years in Alaska, I’ve never lived anywhere that had a bus stop within walking distance, and park-n-ride options were routinely further away from my home than my workplace.

I did, however, live in Portland, Oregon, for three years while attending graduate school, and  learning to use – and love – public transportation was a big part of my experience there.  So when my friend Riana and I were planning a trip to Portland for the two of us and our two-year-olds, Max and Shiway, this fall, we quickly realized that having a car-free vacation was a distinct possibility. Read the rest of this entry »

The Grotto in Portland

A place of solitude, peace, and prayer.

Built in 1924, the 62-acre garden was designated a National Sanctuary  in 1983. Deeply forested, the main plaza is set alongside a cliff in which an alter was constructed. This area is free to the public. For a small fee ($3), visitors can take an elevator to the upper gardens. The meditation chapel overlooks a spectacular view of Mount St. Helens. The garden paths wind through shrines,  various chapels, statues, a peace garden and labyrinth.


A very serene and meditative retreat that feels far away from a city.

Located at: NE 85th and Sandy Boulevard





This is an easy bus trip:

From downtown Portland, catch Bus # 12 on W. Burnside and SW 6th Avenue.

(From Sellwood, catch Bus 70 and get off on E. Burnside and 12th Avenue, and then hop on Bus # 12).

The 12 stops in front of the Grotto. (To get back into the city, # 12 bus stop is across the street).



Come to Sellwood!

Portland Skyline

Now that I have moved to Southeast Portland, I invite fellow rebels to check out my new neighborhood nestled along the east bank of the
Willamette River.

Like all things Portland, there is a lot to do, many parks, and great food!


Oaks Amusement Park

The Sellwood-Moreland area has a small-town feel.  It even has its own amusement park and roller rink, which is the home of the Rose City Rollers.  The entrance to the 20-mile bicycle/pedestrian Springwater Corridor is at the corner of the Sellwood Riverfront Park.  Up on the bluff above the river is the
Sellwood Park, with its huge trees, picnic tables and summer swimming pool. The bluff provides a great view of the city skyline and is a fun place to view 4th of July fireworks.

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