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!
Month: September 2015
I stopped to snap a few shots during a recent evening paddle around Ross Island. What a great night for a quiet workout!
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!
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!
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!