During a family visit to Portland on the day before the 2015 summer solstice,
we took the Portland Streetcar
down to the South Waterfront
There we boarded the Swiss-made Portland Aerial Tram
for its one kilometer (0.6 mile) ride 500 feet up Marquam Hill
to the Kohler Pavilion
of the Oregon Health & Science University hospital.
Each of the two 12-ton (when empty!) tram cabins has a capacity of 80 passengers / 13 tons. Thousands of feet of two-inch steel cables keep these gigantic bubbles floating in the air.
As you can easily imagine, there is a pretty awesome view from the aerial tram as it ascends and descends, and from the upper terminal as well.
Once at the hospital, we walked down a number of long corridors to get to the other side of the building, where we encountered another breath-taking sight: the 660-foot VA Skybridge.
This passageway — the longest suspended pedestrian skybridge in North America — connects the OHSU Hospital with the VA Medical Center.
It is an awesome
place for photography!
The rest of the photos from this day’s outing appear separately in the Portland Summer Solstice 2015