Starting at Portland’s
82nd Ave, I began my walk for the day at 6:15, heading west (sometimes southwest, and later, north), on the western third of the Springwater Corridor.
Along the way I saw many interesting sights. Sometimes I felt smack-dab in a big city, as I actually was. But in other sections of the Corridor it looked like I was a hundred miles away from Portland. Most of that beauty was due to the path generally following the course of the reportedly-polluted but nonetheless-lovely Johnson Creek.
Because I am a dyed-in-the-wool perfectionist, I was greatly disturbed by the inaccuracies of the mile posts along the Corridor. Using the science-fiction-like capabilities of Google Earth,
I was able to verify that the distances between Mile Post 9 and Mile Post 8, Mile Post 8 and Mile Post 7, Mile Post 7 and Mile Post 6 were indeed one mile.
Unfortunately, the distance between Mile Post 6 and the next mile post at 3.5 miles — don’t ask my why they skipped the four mile posts in-between — was not
the expected 2.5 miles, but merely 2.0 miles. Even worse, the distance between Mile Post 1 and the Springwater Corridor trailhead, at the intersection of SE Ivon St and 4th Ave, was approximately one-third of a mile instead of the expected one mile.
These discrepancies mean that the distance I walked was about 1⅙ miles less
than what was indicated on the mile posts. Before I had headed out, I had plotted the path in Google Earth, which was 7⅔ miles long. So imagine my astonishment when the first mile post I encountered a third of a mile west of 82nd Ave was marked with 8.5 miles!
Ultimately, the physical mile posts are not
to be trusted, and Google Earth gave me the correct mileage in the beginning: 7⅔ miles from 82nd Ave to the western trailhead at Ivon St. I desperately wish that those responsible would adjust the mile posts accordingly!
Before I had left for this outing, I had told my wife that it was mostly a walk, and that I would not be taking very many pictures. Trigger-happy photographer that I am, I ended up with 242 images, 80 of which have been deemed worthy of being presented in this album, including three panoramas, one sequence, sixteen black and white photos, and seven color splash