At the end of February, on the same day as one of my volunteer sessions at Free Geek
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,
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.