Let’s walk this month from the relatively new OHSU Pedestrian Bridge over I-5, down through the new waterfront district, then stroll the bike path along the river to Willamette Park (out and back). This walk has impressive views of architecture, art features, Ross Island, Mt. Hood, the city scape, the Tram, a ship building dock, as well as plenty of wild riverfront. Animals such as ducks, geese, beaver, nutria, bald eagles, harbor seals, blue herons and many more may be seen. We will be walking mostly on concrete or asphalt. There is one extremely long flight of stairs for extra burn. Alternatively you may be able to take an elevator down to the SW Waterfront district, if it is working. This walk is about 4.5 miles long, mostly mellow rolling hills or flat. If you have a high percentage of human DNA plus you participated in last month’s seasonal celebrations, then you may desire to burn some lingering calories. When I scouted this walk my iPhone claimed I burned over 500 calories. Not a bad start towards a new year’s resolution!
This month’s healthy walk topic suggestion is sleep: identify interfering lifestyle factors, physical issues, sleep hygiene and ways to achieve prompt rest after your busy day. Bring your favorite sleep tips to share! This walk also has many medicinal plants to potentially identify.
Meet at the hill-facing side of the new OHSU pedestrian bridge right below the tram at the corner of Sw Gibbs and Sw Kelly. Free street parking should be available. If you want to carpool from some distant part of town, then leave a comment and we’ll try to find someone going your way. Drizzle is just part of life, but heavy storms cancel event. Please wear stabilizing active footwear such as sneakers, hiking boots or Tevas. Bring water. The walk will take 1 ½ - 2 hours, but allow the 2 - 2 1/2 hour window due to any view breaks or general group lag. This should be fun! Let’s take a walk! Contact organizer Dr. Mindy Curry at 503-995-8674 with any questions.
Corner of Sw Gibbs and Sw Kelly
Portland, OR 97239
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