After doing some research, I decided that walking the entire 12½ miles of Burnside Street between the western and easter city limits of Portland sounded like an interesting way to continue my exploration and discovery of the city. But 12½ miles seemed too long and time-consuming to walk and photograph in just a single day.
Using Google Earth I discovered that the halfway point along Burnside Street between the city limits is East César E. Chávez Boulevard
— until 2009 known as East 39th Avenue. Therefore I made plans to traverse Burnside Street in two 6¼-mile sections on two different days.
After numerous other Portland photos outings during the summer of 2015, I finally put my plans into action on September 8th and 22nd. For various logistical reasons, both times I decided to start at one of the city limits, and make my way inward 6¼ miles to César E. Chávez Boulevard.
For the first leg, I started at Portland’s eastern city limits on Burnside at East 162nd Avenue.
It turned out to be not much of a photo outing because the scenery was pretty boring. Most of that stretch of East Burnside is residential — and fairly dreary housing at that.
The second half of my Burnside Street hike, on September 22nd, was a lot more adventurous than the first half — both physically and photographically. Because I wanted the sun behind me for better lighting when taking pictures, I arrived at Portland’s western city limit along West Burnside, at SW Barnes Road, at 12:45 p.m.
After a dangerous 2½-mile decent along the sidewalkless road through Burnside Gorge, the remaining 3¾ miles of my hike along Burnside were less of a physical adventure and more of a photographic one. Block by block I made my way east, taking lots of pictures of all the sights of the big city. This country bumpkin’s eyes were wide in wonder!
I stopped at a few brewpubs for rest, refreshment and toilets during my walk through the city center along Burnside. I eventually made it to the familiar halfway point at César E. Chávez Boulevard (the former East 39th Avenue) around 4:30. By 5:00 I had retraced my steps back to East 18th Avenue for a well-earned, awesome supper.
When it came time to put the 144 photos in this album, I chose to not
arrange them chronologically (in the order that I took them) as I usually do. Instead, I felt that it made more sense to arrange them geographically, so that there is a sequential flow of images along Burnside Street, as if you were travelling from the western city limits to the eastern city limits without any detours or backtracking.
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