Portland Realtor Fun Tips: Enjoy the Willamette During RiverFest 2010 THIS WEEKEND

Looking for something fun to do in Portland this weekend? Look no further than the river that splits Portland in half. The Willamette River’s yearly celebration, RiverFest, is back this weekend, bringing tons of ways to get outside and appreciate the water that shapes our streets, our sense of direction, and our sense of place.

Sometimes I forget that I live in a city surrounding a major river, even when I find myself crossing bridges ten times a day. It’s easy to keep my eyes on the road, and when I’m downtown or deep in Southeast, it seems like such a landlocked town. One of my favorite things, oddly, is getting stuck on the Hawthorne bridge when the drawbridge is up, letting a tall ship pass under the steel and concrete. During these rare moments, I’m afforded the opportunity to really soak up the fact that Portland is defined by water, and to appreciate the beauty of our river.

Quite simply, Portland wouldn’t exist without the rivers that define its borders. More than 150 years ago, settlers came to this green spot because it was accessible by boat and perfect for salmon fishing and transport of the the huge logs of the Oregon timber trade. Though our primary industries have shifted towards the technical and intellectual, and the river is more of an obstacle of transportation than a boon, its important to appreciate the economic and natural impact of the river that runs through us.

To find your own moment of appreciation of the Willamette River this week, check out the activities scheduled for RiverFest 2010. Bike along the Springwater Trail or launch your boat from Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, meditate on the beauty of the waves at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, take your dog to the off-leash area at Sellwood Riverfront Park, or relax on a Portland Spirit River Cruise.

On Saturday, check out the Family Boat Building from 9am – 5pm, the Community Paddle
9:00am -10:30am and 11:00am – 12:30pm
, or the RiverFest Movie in the Park at the South Waterfront from 7pm – 10:30pm. On Sunday, cheer on the Freshwater Trust Triathlon at 7:30am, or participate in the Run for the River between 8am and 11am.

However you do it, take a moment this weekend to appreciate how your life is shaped by the world – and water – around you.

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