Friday, July 31, 2009

The View from Elk Rock

View from Elk Rock, Portland OR

In my Elk Rock Island post last October, I mentioned briefly that the high cliffs across the river were a public park too. I put it on my blog todo list (and yes, I do have such a thing) to go check the place out, and I finally got around to it the other day. So this is the place the city calls the "Peter Kerr Property". Or more precisely, I took these from slightly outside the park, at the intersection of SW Riverside Drive (i.e. Macadam / OR 43 ) and SW Greenwood Rd., down in luxo-ritzy Dunthorpe. The park itself is the extremely steep ivy-choked hillside in the foreground of most of these photos. Elk Rock Island is just across the river, and 200-some feet straight down. Here's a terrain map of the area that gives some idea of what the place is like:


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I was actually hoping for a better view than this -- I don't see Mt. Hood anywhere, and there are all these ivy-strangled trees in the way. But hey. It is what it is, and now I can tick this item off my todo list, for whatever that's worth.

View from Elk Rock, Portland OR

Since I've already posted on the topic, I won't get pedantic at length about how this is a Portland city park despite being outside city limits, nor will I go on about the curious fact that Dunthorpe's managed to stay outside city limits all these years. I won't do the latter because I'd hate to anger powerful Dunthorpians (Dunthorpites? Dunthorpoids?), who like low taxes and love staying off the radar. Seriously, you don't want to make them angry. A couple of quick phone calls and they'll have you deleted from the space-time continuum, along with all your ancestors going back to the last ice age, and your little dog too.

Needless to say, I won't explain exactly how I got here. I will mention that buses 35 and 36 stop nearby, I suppose so butlers, cooks, gardeners, nannies, and others who serve the Dunthorpii can get to work without sullying the area with their grubby little non-upscale cars. Not that there's anywhere convenient to park anyway.

View from Elk Rock, Portland OR

The photos on the city's "Peter Kerr Property" page (link above) must be from a different vantage point than mine. The park does continue for a couple of blocks or so north of the intersection, so that must be what's going on. I didn't stay long enough to find out for sure, since I didn't much care for all the traffic whizzing by a couple of feet behind me as I was taking these. I'd meant to take a few infrared photos since I've kind of been on an IR bender lately, but after a few minutes I just went, screw it, I'm out of here. This place could be a nice scenic viewpoint if only there was somewhere to stand and take photos without being mauled by luxury SUVs. Of course, that would attract outsiders to the area, and I guess that's to be avoided. Well, plus I don't see the city putting a lot of resources into improving the place if the local neighbors aren't going to pay any taxes for its upkeep. Oh, well.

View from Elk Rock, Portland OR

View from Elk Rock, Portland OR

View from Elk Rock, Portland OR

View from Elk Rock, Portland OR

View from Elk Rock, Portland OR

View from Elk Rock, Portland OR

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