Blue-green algae? I have no idea what you're talking about.

Blue-green algae? I have no idea what you’re talking about.

 

I’m not saying there’s a big health concern, I’m just questioning the recent measurements by the city of Portland that stated there were no measurable amounts of blue-green algae found in the river water. It’s EVERYWHERE on the NE side of Ross Island! It’s not stopping me from paddling but if I fall in you’d better believe I’m rinsing off with fresh water ASAP!

I will admit that I am beginning to love the yet-to-be-opened Tilikum Crossing Bridge in downtown Portland. To me it’s a beautiful addition to Bridge City and IMHO, the best addition across the Willamette River yet. It’s just as much a piece of functional art as it is just another “new bridge” with modern additions like external lights that match the weather conditions, which is just cool!

I was surprised tonight to find some really amazing images taken on the tip of my paddleboard by my GoPro camera the evening of July 4th as we paddled south away from the fireworks display. I almost always set my GoPro to take an image every 5 seconds if it’s attached to my paddleboard and I never know what’s going to show up later when I download the images. It was exciting to see Tilikum Crossing in many shots and several of them with incredible reflections from the delayed shutter over moving water. I’m thrilled!

Below are the images I could at least quickly narrow down to include because I’m having a hard time even getting down to a top 5! I hope you enjoy these rather unique perspectives of Tilikum Crossing Bridge.

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Tilikum Crossing Night Scene on a GoPro

Couple enjoying the sunset on the Willamette River

A few images from last night’s SUP adventure to downtown Portland to watch a fairly outstanding fireworks show and meet a ton of fun (and possibly drunk) folks.

Sunset on Willamette River

A perfect evening to be paddling on the Willamette River.

Panorama of Willamette River in downtown Portland, Oregon at sunset.

iPhone 6 Panorama of our 4th of July SUP adventure to downtown Portland, Oregon. The fireworks were amazing and the trip was fantastic! (click to see a bigger version!)

 

A smiling couple enjoying a beautiful sunset before the fireworks began in downtown Portland, Oregon

A smiling couple enjoying a beautiful sunset before the fireworks began in downtown Portland, Oregon

 

Fireworks barge in Portland, Oregon

A nice shot of the fireworks barge where the magic was happening

 

Marquam bridge

The crowd gathering beneath the Marquam Bridge for the start of the fireworks show.

 

Ross Island panorama

iPhone panorama of our short stop on the north end of Ross Island.

Sunset near Ross Island Bridge and Tilikum crossing.

Ross Island Bridge to the left and Tilikum Crossing in the mid ground. A beautiful sunset to pull it all together.

 

SUP evening paddle

Sallyanne Ellis paddling towards Ross Island Bridge on an amazing Portland evening.

 

Waterdrops and GoPros are inevitable, unless you're in a volcano.

Waterdrops and GoPros are inevitable, unless you’re in a volcano.

Tilikum Crossing and an amazing sunset

Tilikum Crossing and an amazing sunset

Shawn and Tilikum Crossing 3

Shawn and Tilikum Crossing 3

Bridges and sunsets

Bridge City Sunset

Shawn and Tilikum Crossing 1

Shawn and Tilikum Crossing 2

Shawn and Tilikum Crossing 1

Shawn and Tilikum Crossing 1

Nehalem Bay Panorama

Panorama of Nehalem Bay looking due east, but the image covers North to South.

My wife and I have taken a few trips to the Manzanita, Oregon area and always find ourselves at Nehalem Bay State Park. When the wind isn’t howling in the near-hurricane fashion Manzanita is known for, this small state park is a hidden gem. While the beach side of the park is gorgeous in an Oregon-standard wind blown, semi-rugged, no services offered, walk for miles alone if you want to, the bay side is… well, pretty much the same but with the wind to your back instead of in your face. The biggest difference for us though is how inviting Nehalem Bay can be for paddle boarding versus the usually-angry Pacific Ocean that lines the beach. There is a public dock located just a mile or so inside the entrance of the park with a small beach on its south side. It’s a perfect little area with nicer bathroom facilities, a parking lot, and ease of putting in just steps from your car. Once in the water you can head north for miles up Nehalem River or else head south to the jetty entrance where fun waves abound as does plenty of ocean life. Beyond the jetty is the Pacific Ocean and on a mild summer day it’s not difficult to paddle straight out the jetty and into the big blue. We had a fantastic time yesterday and even experienced a small downwinder on our way back from the jetty as the winds picked up from the south and gave us a healthy two mile boost back to the car.

I’ll be adding more info about Nehalem Bay to a permanent page on this site in the near future with plenty more information about this now favorite SUP destination.