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Walked 4.07 Miles – Ladd’s Addition

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 in Hawthorne, Hipstamatic, Ladd's Addition, Portland, SE Portland, Walks | 0 comments

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I took about a week off of walking.  A heat wave hit Portland and the thought of walking in such hot weather (it was 102 on Saturday) was just not appealing. You know what a wimp I am in the heat. It did spark me to start up Pilates again. I’m so happy about that. That along with riding my bike more has really helped me diversify my exercise. I’m hoping to build more strength and stamina to keep my leg pain at bay.

 

For today’s walk, the heat had really come down. It was still hot, but not unbearable. I was still a sweaty mess by the end, of course. I headed to Ladd’s Addition to find more shade. I walked through Ladd’s and paralleled Hawthorne up to 30th.

 

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Heading to Ladd’s Addition also let me spy on the construction. This is the first time I’ve walked on the new transitional sidewalk very close to where the overpass used to be. It’s amazing how much this landscape has already changed. I’m finding it hard to remember it when there were buildings here.

 

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A temporary light pole held in this cement block by shims.

 

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I want to sneak up here when the worker crews are gone to get a closer look at where the overpass used to be. They were watching it much to closely today to venture over the barriers.

 

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This building sits pretty much exactly where the 12th street max stop will be. I’ve always liked this building.

 

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I took a closer look at the Abernathy school – built in 1925. This was the first time I’ve walked by and there were no kids playing. This is a pretty school and it’s fun to see all the small things they have done to make it more personal.

 

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I’ve been seeing these mushrooms on so many trees.  They are kind of weird looking. It almost looks like they are plastered on the side of the tree.

 

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Magical sidewalk art

 

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Ladd’s Addition has a lot of these trap door type things. I’m sure they are access to utilities. They have the same rings used for the old horse posts and must be close to 100 years old.

 

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This plant was enormous! It made me feel like I was in the tropics. It helped that I was quite sweaty at this time.

 

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Bear! I find it really hard to believe that a bear was spotted here. Granted, it’s possible, but highly unlikely. I found it curious that all of the tabs were taken.

 

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Sid and Nancy kept me company for the very long wait at the pedestrian sidewalk.

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