My walk up and down the hills of West Portland may not have been the thing to do. I did it with a torn meniscus of the right knee and I am now sidelined. I am not good about resting and sitting still, especially when the weather is dry and sunny, but rest I must. For the next few days I may only be able to take photos from near to my car. 😦
Rose Festival kicked off last night and I wasn’t able to go to the fireworks. Luckily the festivities are spread out over the next couple of weeks so I should be able to get out there and photograph. Today, however, I am going to give you more photos of my walk through the west hills. I traveled up and down Vista Drive with little side detours on the east side of the main road. When my knee lets me I will do the west side of the road.
The West Hills neighborhood of Portland sits above downtown with views of the city from little pockets along the sides streets. SW Vista is the main road that runs up and down the area. At the bottom of the hill is the Uptown Shopping center with NW 23rd just beyond. There are many restaurants and boutiques along NW 23rd. It’s an easy walk down, but be prepared for a steep ascent. Luckily you can stop along the bridge and rest at many benches built into the walls.
One of my favorite restaurants, Vista Spring Cafe, sits near the top of the hill. They serve wonderful pizzas, sandwiches and what I think is the best mac and cheese in town. If you decide to do this walk then do take time to visit the cafe. Next door is a consignment antique shop that is also worth a peak.
I should point out, which you can tell from many of the photos, that this is one of the more affluent neighborhoods. The day I was walking the houses were all a buzz with workmen who were both remodeling and working on the gardens. I don’t think many of these homeowners do any of their own work. I almost bought a house here many years ago, but my husband wouldn’t buy a house with a detached garage. Just as well, we would not have fit in to such a wealthy neighborhood. Maybe if I win the lottery….
Enjoy the photos and another look into one more of Portland’s neighborhoods.
I will leave you with this: a sad house about to fall off the hill.