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This afternoon I went to the Sandy River.

Dunking myself in a large body of natural water seemed like a really good response to the attack of the red tape goblins. I believe it helped quite a lot. The Sandy is a small river that joins the Columbia just outside Portland, and I've been to the park at the delta there; this time I went to the next park on upstream, which turnedd out to be a really great spot.

Some of the many good things: Watching Mount Hood appear on my way there. Scrambling down a steep path in the bank and finding a wonderful series of beaches and banks in the curve of the river, with a gair number of people around but no crowds. Wading across the river on the sandy rocky bottom. Swimming, dunking my head, tagging and climbing on rocks. Floating on my back and letting a gentle current take me back to where I began walking. Looking up at ripples of reflected sunlight on a rock face, and then higher up and seeing them ont he trees all around the banks. Feeling like I could float forever. Discovering pebbles in the shallow rapids. Walking across the little bridge and back to take pictures. Coming home, and finding out that one small worry that tried to intrude is actually all right.

Still slightly floating.

Date: 22 Jul 2017 03:46 (UTC)
mdlbear: the positively imaginary half of a cubic mandelbrot set (Default)
From: [personal profile] mdlbear
Running water is good.

Date: 22 Jul 2017 04:25 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] desertroot
<3

Date: 22 Jul 2017 15:57 (UTC)
desertroot: Agave - a smooth and spiny desert plant with wildflowers growing in front (Default)
From: [personal profile] desertroot
Beautiful!

We love all the different kinds of polished pebbles that you find around rivers!

Date: 22 Jul 2017 06:05 (UTC)
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<3333 This seems lovely and I am glad you got to experience it.

Date: 22 Jul 2017 16:26 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
Water is a glorious thing.

Date: 22 Jul 2017 20:19 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
I do love living in the Land of Dry, but occasionally I wish it had a _little_ more water. Just not in the air.

Date: 22 Jul 2017 21:00 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
yesssssss that is my plan

Date: 23 Jul 2017 02:25 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vladdraculea
Sounds absolutely lovely! <3

— Sage

Date: 23 Jul 2017 17:18 (UTC)
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That sounds really nice.

Date: 24 Jul 2017 14:48 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Ohh hooray!

Date: 28 Jul 2017 07:38 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kengr
There's a beach with large parking lot on Marine drive (pretty much due north of our place) You have to route around the airport to get there from here. 33rd goes thru, and 82nd goes thru. I think there's also another way, but I'd have to check my maps.

There's also a beach on the Sandy just outside of Troutdale. It's shady because of lots of trees.

Glisan or Halsey goes straight to Troutdale.

You just go thru Troutdale on the main street, and then the road goes downhill and over a bridge and the (small) beach is on the right immediately after you cross the bridge.

I got there by bike years ago while trying to get to Rooster Rock.

Also a bunch of nice beaches on Sauvie's Island.

Date: 28 Jul 2017 17:59 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kengr
If you go down the road a bit farther (just before it joins I-84) there's a dirt road that leads to a parking area and a trail. The trail goes to a beach on the Columbia (I didn't follow it all the way).

There are also some other beaches along Marine Drive between 33rd & 82nd. But them are unimproved.

The one I mentioned has a boat ramp (big whoop) and portapotties and lifeguards.

Fay would like going in the water, but doesn't know how to swim.

Date: 28 Jul 2017 20:21 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kengr
Yes, I go in water. Remember, I told you that bit about me and a friend surprising a couple of scuba divers?

Of course, that was decades ago. I still like swimming, but last time I checked, I was able to sink to the bottom just by exhaling *part* of the air in my lungs.

Between cost, and the way my one leg gets scraped up sometimes, most swimming pools are not an option for me... :-(

BTW, there's a bus out to Rooster Rock and Multnomah falls. Fay and I keep meaning to try it but haven't gotten around to it yet.

http://columbiagorgeexpress.com/schedule-tickets

(It's actually possible to get quite a ways by bus around here. You can transfer to buses that are part of the Tillamook County transit system and get clear to the coast, you can transfer to other buses and get to wilsonville, and I think you can get to Salem. Haven't checked for connections beyond those)

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