Posts Tagged ‘Biking’

Sisters, Oregon

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Sisters, Oregon is a wonderful town for outdoor adventures with the whole family.

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Car Free in Portland!

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Due to the popularity of my post “Tips for Biking with Kids,” I thought I’d do a follow-up that focuses on a family living without a car in Portland…by choice!  If you’re a family thinking about making a similar lifestyle change, or you’re simply interested in how a family can possibly live without a car, read-on and get inspired.

In October 2006, Michael Downes and Wendy Ashton moved to Portland, Oregon with their son Nathan Downes after living in Pasadena, California for 10 years. 

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Fanno Creek Trail (Update)

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Fanno Creek TrailWhat’s to Love: (2012) Since first publishing this article, the major sections of the Fanno Creek Trail have been connected.  You can read more about this here.  Also, take a look at the new trail map here.

After living here for the past 9 years and being an avid city biker, I can honestly say that Portland does deserve its reputation as one of the best biking cities in the country, if not the world. However, the more I start to bike with my 4 year old son, the more I realize that much of the best kid-friendly-biking exists outside the city limits. Sorry Portland, but the network of paved paths within the Tualatin Hills Recreation District rivals anything within Portland proper. Certainly, Vancouver, WA is also providing an impressive array of biking paths for its young bikers and families.

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Top 10 Summer Activities

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Sellwood PoolPreamble:  We’re just out of the starting block (officially) with summer, and I wanted to send along ten recommendations from Portland Family Adventures.  These are some of our favorites that may or may not resonate with your family.

If you can recommend a trip, please comment below.  Here are some perennial favorites from Portland Family Adventures.  Oh yeah…I just realized that I left off my absolute favorite thing to do, which is attend Kruger’s Farm –  Summer Concert Series!  These concerts are every Thursday night (July and August) from 6:30 – 9:30 on the farm’s beautiful lawn.  The concerts are VERY family-friendly (no dogs, no smoking!) with great sound and great bands!  There is also plenty of food and drink available on the farm; however, picnics/coolers are welcome (NOTE it’s against the rules to bring your own alcohol onto the farm).  Please read farmer Don’s blog about Multnomah County’s efforts to prohibit these activities at Kruger’s Farm.

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George Rogers Park

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Beautiful picnic areas at George Rogers ParkWhat’s to Love: George Rogers Park is located on the south side of downtown Lake Oswego. If you live in Portland, it’s worth the drive. This is definitely a “destination park” featuring hiking and biking trails, an easy-to-find Letterbox, an interesting historical past, a decent beach, tennis courts, big baseball field, and some of the nicest picnic benches and grills you’ll find in a park setting.

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Mt. Tabor Park

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Playstructure at Mt. Tabor ParkCovered picnic area at Mt. TaborWhat’s to Love: Mt. Tabor Park is another showpiece destination within Portland city limits. This park has it all – including stellar hikes, mountain biking, road biking, closed-roads on certain days/times, beautiful views, and at times…serenity. We have been going to Mt. Tabor park for years, and we still seem to find new nooks and crannies to explore.

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Kelley Point Park

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Kelley Point Park Green SpaceWhat’s to Love:  Located right at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers, Kelley Point is the northernmost park in Portland.  In my opinion, Kelley Point Park is one of the more interesting outdoor destinations in Portland – as far as parks go.  When cruising along the beautifully forested, paved bike paths, you’ll catch glimpses of the beach, river and large green spaces.  This perfectly serene moment will most likely be sabotaged by a giant, cargo ship’s unmistakable hum – a loud, foreboding hum!  The ship’s horn might give a blast, and you will start to see (and smell) all the industrialization – the chemical plants, acres and acres of new cars, massive cranes, loading and unloading stations, etc.  The reality here is that Kelley Point Park is ground-zero for shipping and receiving via the Columbia River.

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