Summer officially ended at 4:10am, September 23. The Willamette River was quick to respond to the news Summer was over by instantly cooling off a few degrees. I’m pretty sure it’s the constant winds blowing that’s removing the heat from the surface water, but timing-wise the temperature drop couldn’t have been more perfectly planned. Farmer John, you will be a part of my paddles for the foreseeable future!

Willamette River temperature indicates Fall is here on time.

Summer ended on Sep 23. The river was ready for the seasonal change on time.

I stopped to snap a few shots during a recent evening paddle around Ross Island. What a great night for a quiet workout!

South Waterfront Towers

The South Waterfront Towers with a sun sneaking behind them and the ridgeline

 

A perfect, glassy paddle towards Ross Island

A perfect, glassy paddle towards Ross Island

 

South Waterfront Reflections on a glassy evening paddle

South Waterfront Reflections on a glassy evening paddle

 

OC-1 speeding by us equally enjoying the quiet, glassy conditions

OC-1 speeding by us equally enjoying the quiet, glassy conditions

The day after the Tilikum Crossing bridge opened, the two bridge construction cams were disabled. I’m bummed because these were the absolute best cameras in Portland to assess weather conditions. Looks like I’ll have to propose the construction of a new bridge soon…

 

 

 

 

I love panoramic images. I’m not sure if it’s the breadth of detail in them or the distortion caused by taking in far more horizontal detail than the human eye can physically see, but I dig ’em. Thankfully smart phone technology includes really cool panoramic built-in features and I take my phone on almost every SUP paddle. Below is a collection of my favorite panoramas from this past summer. Please click on the ones you like to see the larger version, there’s some great detail captured in there!

 

A panorama of the Willamette River

Soaking in the city from the pier at the OMSI

Tilikum and Marquam Bridges

I’m sitting next to a submarine while this gorgeous morning unfolds on the river

My favorite new bridge, Tilikum Crossing in Portland, Oregon

My favorite new bridge, Tilikum Crossing in Portland, Oregon

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We had a fantastic paddle last night from Willamette Park to Tom McCall Waterfront Park for a free performance by the Oregon Symphony who were accompanied by the Oregon National Guard and a pretty decent fireworks show. The temperature was headed toward the chilly side due to a moderate headwind on the trip to the performance, plus evening fast approached us on our journey. Still, we all dressed accordingly, so chalk one up to preparedness! Plus, Jeff Tichenor also suited up in appropriate apparel for the symphony, he was paddling in a pressed white shirt and a tie! Rumor has it there could be another night paddle coming up in a week. If you can fit it into your schedule, do it!

Evening panorama of downtown Portland and the Willamette River

Evening panorama of downtown Portland and the Willamette River

 

Alicia Hardin actually on time to an event!

Alicia Hardin actually on time to an event!

 

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Jeff Tichoner in his symphony duds.

 

Brett Downen, Jeff Tichenor, and Alicia Hardin stopping for a standard Ross Island Happy Hour

Brett Downen, Jeff Tichenor, and Alicia Hardin stopping for a standard Ross Island Happy Hour

 

Our paddleboards waiting for us to get them back in the water!

Our paddleboards waiting for us to get them back in the water!

 

A beautiful fireworks display thanks to the Oregon Symphony

A beautiful fireworks display thanks to the Oregon Symphony

 

Front row wet seating for a wonderful fireworks show over the Willamette River

Front row wet seating for a wonderful fireworks show over the Willamette River

Thursday evening paddle, Sep 3! (When did it become September???)

Destination: Tom McCall Park in downtown Portland for a free symphony experience on the river.

Meet up at Willamette Park, in the water by 6:30pm

We’ll head towards the south side of Ross Island and take the SW side to the event. We generally take the NE side of the island back to avoid boat traffic. Plus, it’s quiet, calm, and a fantastic paddle.

PFDs and board lights are REQUIRED BY LAW. Leashes optional but encouraged. Watch the weather to assess best clothing options but I’d imagine the evening will be cooling off quickly, so think at least one windproof option, or layers.

I (Brett) will be putting in at Willamette Park. This is likely the last evening paddle of the year so please join if you’re into night paddles, there’s safety and far better conversation in numbers!