Under the St. Johns Bridge

June 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Portland isn't just the "City of Roses." Bridges are a Portland thing, too--and without them, it'd be a lot harder to hop from Washington to Oregon and back again. The Columbia and Willamette rivers weave through the city, and without these bridges we'd be up the creek.

I recently explored one of the more iconic bridges in Portland, the St. Johns Bridge. It's a gorgeous steel suspension bridge with two 408" Gothic towers that command attention. It's the tallest (and arguably) the most beautiful bridge in Portland.

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On a sunny, clear summer evening I set out beneath the bridge from Cathedral Park. It's a small neighborhood park with views of the Willamette River, rolling grass hills and stunning views of the underside of the bridge. There were a few families and couples picnicking below and lots of happy dogs. I generally love any place where dogs run happy and free.

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I feel like Renoir and Monet would have loved to tackle this one.

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The bridge supports are things of beauty. I could have sat underneath them with a good book for hours.

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 There's something very New York about this bridge. It reminds me of the urban "nooks and crannies" you can find in Manhattan, where you can stop and take a moment for yourself. Portland has lots of these, (St. Johns being the most New Yorky, in my opinion).

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          The views from the middle of the bridge (on a clear day) are stunning. From my stance I could clearly see Mount Hood. I could also make out Mount St. Helens and (if I were taller), Mount Adams.

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As you cross the bridge, it looks as though you'll be dropped off into a dense forest ... Forest Park, that is. It's hauntingly beautiful. It's easy to see why the TV show "Grimm" is often filmed here.

I'll be returning on a foggy morning sometime, for sure.

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Here's to you, St. Johns! Looking forward to our next hang. This time, on a cold, foggy morning to see how Gothic you can get.

Cheers,

Laura


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