Sept. 20, 2002 – March 30, 2003: Originally I had planned to spend the summer of 2002 in Washington State, thinking I could get temp legal assistant jobs in Seattle. But it turned out there were really no RV parks convenient enough to do that and the commute in Seattle traffic would have taken me all day. I remember being surprised that there were so few options and besides that, the ones that existed were booked. So we headed to Portland because Don told me he knew I would love it and could probably find more options there.
And it all worked out pretty good. Since I have to work while I’m here, I’m glad it’s in downtown Portland, really a beautiful city. I work in the tallest building in the picture above – at the law office of Davis, Wright, Tremaine. This viewpoint was from Pittock Mansion.
When the weather is clear, we have a glorious view of Mt. Hood from the conference room and that makes it all the more difficult to be cooped up inside shuffling paper and staring at a computer screen. I also like looking at the various bridges that span the sparkling water.
I love walking around downtown during lunch. There are several parks you can walk around and that was especially nice – being able to sit outside out on the benches basking in the nice fall weather.
The trees were gloriously colorful in places – brilliant where the leaves still clung to the trees, and carpeting the streets in gold where they fell. They have all these neat little parks scattered throughout downtown and I particularly love this buck in the middle of the road. I enjoyed strolling down the Park Blocks and through the university campus and sipping lattes while resting my feet.
Portlandia is the second largest cast bronze statue, after the Statue of Liberty. I greet her in the morning as I pass under her on my walk to work.
I really got a kick out of this brass salmon sticking out of this building.
We ended up in the little nearby town of Troutdale (see Malia’s RV Troutdale Times for that). There was a bit of a convoluted commute to work, but I really loved it there.
The main problem with working downtown was the commute. Since parking in downtown Portland is prohibitively expensive, I took the light rail (the “Max”) to work. It took about 1-1/2 hours total to get from my door to work, including getting to the park & ride, the Max ride, then a 7 block walk to the building. I could get a bus from the Max to the building, but when the weather was nice enough, it gave me an excuse to get a little exercise where I could. I totally loved the people I worked with all during that time, so I really couldn’t complain too much.
I ended up working at Davis Wright Tremaine again when I returned in 2004. I truly gave thanks for them around Thanksgiving when they gave me a going away party before I left that time. It’s not just the RVers I’ve met along this journey that have touched my heart – these folks were truly a blessing to me! Here’s the November 2004 Update about that.
One of my favorite things anywhere: the Portland Rose Garden