Yesterday we cooled off by at least ten degrees (there’s a heat wave in Stumptown) by going to Forest Park. What a gorgeous place.
Forest Park is 5,100 wooded acres of sheer beauty. It is the largest, forested natural area within city limits in the US. Though we weren’t on the lookout for such, I’ve read that there are more than 100 bird and 60 mammal species living in this area.
It was designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the same firm responsible for, among others, Central Park, Interlochen Park in Seattle and Prospect Park in Brooklyn (where we were a couple of weeks ago for a wedding).
There are 70 miles of trails! Remember, this is right in the city of Portland. Amazing. We hiked three of them, Sam-dog in tow. He has really perked up, by the way, and he seemed to love Forest Park as much as we did.