Multcolib Picks: Get Outdoors! Portland
Annotation:This perennial favorite points readers to favorite hikes which are all easily accessible from the Portland Metro area. It's easy to use and gives a vivid description of each hike so that you know what to expect both in terms of difficulty and features.
Annotation:One of the great things about Portland is that it's so easy to get around without a car. You can check out this great bike map for help planning your route. (Free copies of similar maps are also available at many locations throughout the city including the library!)
Annotation:Whether you want to boat, hike, or just enjoy the view, this book will help you find a spot. What's that you say? You'd rather just read about nature? Well, in addition to maps and guides, this book contains natural history essays from some pretty big names in the literary world.
Annotation:The author takes readers on a walking tour of Portland, Oregon, revealing the city's quirky, cheap, and wild side as he visits unusual museums, offbeat annual festivals, scenes of ghostly hauntings, and strange local customs.
Annotation:From a massive urban forest to the tiniest brewpub, Portland offers a huge variety of entertainments within a surprisingly compact area. Organic coffeeshops line the streets at the foot of an extinct volcano, and independent bookstores nestle up against food-cart pods. Already famous for its great beer, the city has become a center for serious dining on a reasonable budget. And thanks to years of progressive urban planning, Portland's layout makes it a walker's nirvana. In Walking Portland, devoted local Becky Ohlsen guides you through the Rose City's many charms.
Annotation:Explore pastoral Sauvie Island, where great blue herons launch themselves heavily into flight. Take secret pleasure in Marshall Park, a glittering tree-covered treasure hidden between busy urban thoroughfares. These pockets of wilderness, and many others like them, aid your escape from the urban bustle. In Nature Walks In & Around Portland, long-time local park explorers Karen and Terry Whitehill present 37 of their favourite nature walks, ranging from one-half to six miles in length.
Annotation:Talk about a multi-use park! It has the zoo, the Children's Museum, the Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, hiking trails, an ampitheater, the Japanese Gardens, two war memorials, and, of course, the International Rose Test Garden. Whew!