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Portland Interstate Bridge 2016 — Album Description
Photos in Album: 61 Album Created: 25 Feb 2016 Last Updated: 14 Jun 2016
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At the end of February, on the same day as one of my volunteer sessions at Free Geek in Portland, I started off with a small photo hike at the northern end of the city. After arriving at the MAX Yel­low Line Expo Center Station, I walked north a short distance to Marine Drive West, and then proceeded to follow the circuitous bicycle / pedestrian path along the outer contours of the I-5 / Oregon Route 99E cloverleaf interchange. Even­tu­al­ly the path cut across the northeast cloverleaf and continued along the north­bound lanes of the I-5.

Soon I arrived on Hayden Island and the southern end of the outing’s main at­trac­tion: the 3,538-foot Interstate Bridge, which carries the I-5 over the main channel of the Columbia River between Hayden Island, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington.

During the two-thirds-of-a-mile walk along the eastern edge of the bridge I was treated not only to great views of the Columbia River and the 11,249-foot Mount Hood, (the highest peak in the state, about 50 miles away), but also to interesting close-up perspectives of the structure of the bridge itself. Particularly fascinating were the four 190-​foot vertical-​lift towers at the northern end of the bridge.

For the return two-thirds of a mile, I walked along the western side of the bridge. When I was around the Oregon / Washington state line in the middle of the river, I took eleven pictures which I later combined into a wonderfully-​wide panorama photo. After the 4½-mile round-trip hike to Vancouver, I arrived back at the Expo Center Max Station 2½ hours later.

You can go on a virtual walk across the bridge by browsing through the 61 photos in this album, which includes, besides the one panorama, one color splash image and a whopping 25 black and white pictures. Better yet, I hope that one day you have the opportunity to walk this bridge in person.
For further details about the story behind the photos in this al­bum, see the related article, Hik­ing Port­land’s In­ter­state Bridge.
The photos in this album were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera.
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