2012-02-20 45 -122

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On the campus of the Parry Center for Children in Southeast Portland.



This is not at all far from my home on the beautiful East Side, so a running expedition was clearly in order. Since I worried that a residential center for children with mental and behavioral health issues might not relish random visitors to their tucked-away campus, I thought I would strike at dawn. As it turned out, I was approaching the hashpoint through the parking lot just as some employees were showing up for a 7 a.m. shift, but the combination of the darkness and the confident-jogger-with-headphones (and/or spaced-out-jogger-with-headphones) persona seemed to work. The employees seemed to pause, but then think "eh, what the hell, he'll probably take a few laps on our running track and then leave. Maybe he does it every day." Or, maybe they are fine with visitors, and that's just what I imagined the employees were thinking.

Anyway, the hashpoint was just inside a small running track. It was too dark for pictures.

As part of the same run, I completed a project that I've been working on for the last year and a half: to run down every street in a "box" of Portland formed by the Willamette River, Interstates 84 and 205, and Holgate Street in the South. I had only a short stretch of 36th Avenue a half mile south of the hashpoint left to run, so I looped through it on the way to the hashpoint and took care of two arbitrary-travel adventures before breakfast! Total running mileage for the morning: 4.49 miles.

Expedition the Second[edit]

I was in town with the grandchildren and had to tun down to CityBikes for some used bike parts and took a short walk in the rain. I am posting challenged right now but will post a photo later. kydlt @ 16:30

Expedition the Third[edit]

Jim had a meeting in the evening in Portland, so he took a side jaunt on the way home and headed east on highway 26. He got to the Parry Center and pulled into the parking lot, but decided it was too late at night to be wandering around and they would probably not be happy, so he considered the 200 feet close enough and headed home.




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