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The city wants to lead locals to the Willamette with Riverfest. But can it make them swim?

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Sydney has its harbor, Venice has its canals. Even New York has Coney Island. Let’s be honest, Portlanders: Maybe we’d have more success in luring tourists to our waterfront if we stopped ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Adrienne So

The Impostor’s Daughter Laurie Sandell

A daddy’s girl gets a rude awakening. And bad credit.

Maybe if Laurie Sandell had read Dr. Robert Hare’s seminal book on psychopathy, Without Conscience, she might have recognized the truth about her father. A psychopath is distinguished by a lack ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 Adrienne So

What, there's ANOTHER river? Summer Celebration on the Columbia

Here in the great Northwest, we have an embarrassment of riches, and by "riches", we mean "rivers." They're great for hiking beside, admiring from a distance, and occasionally dipping in your toes in. The Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership in...   More
Monday, July 20, 2009 by Adrienne So

Master of Trails William Sullivan's Hidden Hiking Secrets...Plus Beer

It's summer time, and the Portland summer madness has descended in full swing--that sick obsession with being outside all day, every day, next to a river, and hopefully with a bacon s'm...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Adrienne So

2009 Tour de Cure: Ride Your Bike for Diabetes

Diabetes. It sucks, and it's everywhere. I have a family history of the disease, which disrupts the body's ability to properly break down sugars, and lots of relatives whose lives are rendered colorless and bland by the inability to drink alcohol. For this reason, I was given yogurt instead of ice cream as ...   More
Thursday, July 2, 2009 by Adrienne So

Run, Forest, Run

What’s the best woodland trail for your summer jogging needs?

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IMAGES: Adam Krueger’Tis the season to be insecure in swimwear. All over Portland, people are trying to sculpt their six-packs in the gym. To that, we say “pffft”—why hamster a ...   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Adrienne So

Ice Capades

Take advantage of one of America’s only summer snowfields—before it melts away.

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These glorious, arctic-long days of summer are upon us, and the list of usual suspects has lined up. Sunny riverbanks? Check. Backyard grilling? Check. Waxing your snowboard...wait, what? That’s ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Adrienne So

Holes For Dips

Whatever your dysfunction, we have a swimmin’ hole for you.

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One would think finding a swimming hole in Portland should be as easy as stepping outside your front door and listening for running water. But picking the perfect spot among the hundreds available isn ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Adrienne So

Yes We Canoe

I paddled the Willamette, and so can you.

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Behold, the mighty Willamette! It flows mere minutes from our front yards, yet few of us pay it much notice when it’s not hosting dragon boat races or Christmas ship parades. Not me, though. I r ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Adrienne So

Milk Carton Boat Races: They're Not What You Think

Yes, I know. When you hear "milk carton boat races", most of us would conjure up an image of a little...floating milk carton. Maybe with a Popsicle-stick sail. Pretty pathetic, no?

But you'll be happy to know that both you and I are t...   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 by Adrienne So

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