In order to celebrate the 2016 summer solstice I planned a grand, two-day outing. The first part was a 7.4-mile hike through Washington Park
and Forest Park
Because it was the earliest sunrise of the year, and I had a busy day, I wanted to get an extra-early start. And besides, the early Byrd gets the silence and solitude!
So I got up at 3:00 AM,
left the house at 3:45, had breakfast at one of my usual McDonald’s
at 5:00, parked at the Sunset Transit Center
and caught a MAX Blue Line
train at 5:25, and arrived at the Washington Park MAX Station
at 5:30. What a great summer solstice start!
My path north led me past the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial
and along the western edge of Hoyt Arboretum.
via the White Pine Trail. Later, once on the Wildwood Trail,
I passed by Pittock Mansion
as well as the ruins of the Stone House.
Another 2.25 miles north on Wildwood Trail, passing the junctions with the Aspen Trail and the Birch Trail, brought me to the intersection with Wild Cherry Trail.
After continuing generally east on Wild Cherry Trail, Leif Erikson Drive
and NW Thurman Street for a bit over a mile, I arrived at the end of my hike at the TriMet Bus 15
stop at NW Gordon Street. About a minute later the bus arrived at 9:34 to whisk me away to downtown.
During this four-hour hike I took 140 photos. The best 55 are presented here.