COVID-19 Walking Views: Trees on the Mill Race

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As we continue to shelter in place it is important to also take some time to get outside. This week’s sketch is off some trees along the Mill Race in Corvallis that provide a pleasant escape from my apartment when I am out walking.

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COVID-19 Remote Work Office

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Urban spaces are formed by the density of private space. So this week I wanted to celebrate private urban spaces with this view of my remote work station. For those of us lucky enough to still have a job that we can do remotely we find ourselves with the unique challenge of exploring a more intimate urban space.

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Hollywood District, Portland, OR

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The Hollywood District in Portland, Oregon is named for the Hollywood Theater in the neighborhood’s main street (Sandy Boulevard). The business district is also home to a variety of shops, cafes and bars. Located on I–84, this makes the district a convenient place to stop for food and exercise while passing through Portland.

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VRC Bridge, Eugene, OR

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The VRC Bridge connects the Whiteaker neighborhood and the Valley River Center over the Willamette River. The bridge is part of an extensive network of bike and foot paths running through Eugene.

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Willamette Street Walk

Eugene, Oregon is known as track town USA and the hippy capitol of the world. It also offers many charming walks and sights for the interested traveler. One of these is the walk along Willamette street to Skinner’s Butte.

Willamette Street Walk

  1. Park at the Eugene Public Library and walk past the transit center. Willamette Street is on the opposite side of the transit station from the library.
  2. Turning left, walk along Willamette Street. In a block you will come to Kesey Square named for Ken Kesey the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Kesey grew up in the neighboring city of Springfield and lived in Eugene while attending the University of Oregon
    • Food: Kesey Square is the location of a Voodoo Donut’s branch.
  3. Continue down Willamette Street. A variety of cafes and shops fills the shopping district. The local farmer’s market also occurs a block over from this location on Saturdays.
  4. Between 7th and 6th Aves Willamette Street becomes a pedestrian path between the Hult Center for the Performing Arts and the Hilton.
    • History: On sixth avenue a garden dedicated to the Japanese Internment during World War 2 offers a beautiful space to rest in.
  5. Crossing over 6th avenue, continue along Willamette Street.
    • Landmark: On the right side of the block is the Smith Family Bookstore. This Eugene land mark offers a wide selection of new and used books.
    • Landmark: The Eugene post office across from Smith Family Books is a fine example of Art Deco architecture.
  6. You will come to the end of Willamette Street at the Eugene train station.
    • Food: Some local spots next to the train station include the Jackalope Lounge and Morning Glory Care.
  7. Returning to 5th Ave, turn left and walk along 5th avenue for three blocks
  8. Turn right at Lincoln Street and proceeding along the street for 3 blocks
    • Landmark: At the end of three blocks you will come to The Columns. This former basalt quarry dug into the side of Skimmer Butte now serves as a rock climbing wall.
  9.  From The Columns, you can either take the trail from the parking lot or proceed up the Skinner Butte Loop.
  10. After a half mile you will come to the top of Skinner Butte.
    • Viewpoint: The butte provides a perfect view down Willamette Street to Skinner Butte’s big brother, Spencer Butte. The butte also provides stunning views down the length of the Willamette Valley and the Willamette river.
  11. You can proceed back along the Skinner Butte Loop or take the trail leading down from the lookout point.
  12. At the T-intersection take the road that dead ends in the Skinner Butte Loop until it exits the park and meets 3rd avenue.
  13. Turn right onto 3rd avenue and proceed to Pearl Street.
  14. At Pearl turn right and walk for two blocks until you reach 5th Ave.
    • Food: The intersection of 5th and Pearl features several prominent local restaurants and the 5th Street Public Market.
  15. Turn right on to 5th Ave and walk for two blocks until you return to Willamette Street.
  16. Retrace your steps back to the Eugene Public Library.

Nitobe Memorial Garden, Vancouver, BC

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Nitobe Memorial Garden is located on the University of British Columbia campus. The garden provides a peaceful retreat from the urban environment of Vancouver, BC. The garden is part of the University’s extensive set of botanical gardens.

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Fishing Boat at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal

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Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal is the home port for the city’s fishing and crabbing fleet. The fleet operates in the North Pacific and Bering Sea.

The terminal is most famous for hosting several boats featured on Deepliest Catch. The feature boat has more humble origins though.

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