On the last day of March 2016, I headed to the Big City to explore another section which I had not been to before. My goal was to walk nearly seven miles in North Portland
on Vancouver, Albina and Mississippi Avenues.
I started at the southern end of Vancouver Avenue near Weidler Street around 8:30 AM, and from there I continued another 3.2 miles north on Vancouver Avenue until I reached Farragut Park,
at the North Vancouver Avenue overpass between Farragut Street and Columbia Boulevard over a set of railroad tracks.
After walking west the two-block length of Farragut Park, plus one block more, I started my return journey by heading south on North Albina Avenue. Eventually, the principle thoroughfare of North Albina Avenue curves west one block, and from there on North Mississippi Avenue takes over as the main street. Walking one more block south brought me to Skidmore Street, which marks the northern end of the Historic Mississippi District.
This is a pretty happening corner of Portland, similar to NW 23rd Avenue,
but with a different, more earthy vibe.
Leaving the Historic Mississippi District behind, I continued south on North Mississippi Avenue until I came to the Widmer Brothers Brewery
complex on North Russell Street just after 1:00 PM. There I had an excellent chicken schnitzel meal,
with one of their beers
to wash it down.
Then I made my way to the Albina / Mississippi MAX Station,
where I brought my 5½-hour outing to a close by catching a MAX Yellow Line
train a bit after 2:00. After transferring to a MAX Green Line
train I arrived back at my truck around 3:00.
All told, I walked a total of 7½ miles up Vancouver Avenue (with the detour to Starbucks), and back down Albina and Mississippi Avenues. During that time I took 249 photos — the best 95 are now on display in this album. There is a lot more I could say about what I saw and experienced in this small section of Portland, but it is really the pictures which tell the story. As usual, I did a lot of research in order to write accurate and detailed captions for each photo.
For further details about the stories behind the photos in this album, see the related articles: