A summer stroll in Oregon City

I had to go out to Oregon City last Friday for a fitting, so I asked my son, Calvin, if he wanted to come along and explore afterwards. He looked bored, so he came along on my mini adventure.

After the fitting was over, we headed over to the VFW parking lot where we started our walk on the historical path to the Oregon City Municipal Elevator Shaft. It was in the 90’s that day, so it was a hot walk with views of the run down, but still fascinating, Blue Heron Paper Company. It is no longer in use, but it’s an interesting eyesore, with lots of character, all the same. The Librarians filmed an episode in season two there.

 

Walkway near the Blue Heron Paper Company
Walkway near the Blue Heron Paper Company

 

Bench along the upper walking path in Oregon City
Bench along the upper walking path in Oregon City

 

The old paper mill
The old paper mill

 

Old spaceship
Old spaceship

There are a few historical houses along the path. Some of  them in better shape than others. Fun to see the old architecture, all the same.

Approaching the elevator shaft, I found myself thinking of The Jetson’s futuristic home because of the rounded shape sticking out in the air.

The photos are fun to look at in the viewing area at the top and in the tunnel at the bottom as they change depending on the angle you are looking at them. There’s always an elevator operator, too. Although, considering he just has to push a button to go up or down, I’m not sure why. He gets asked a lot of questions, so I’m sure he’s brushed up on his knowledge of the surrounding area so he can answer most of the questions coming his way.

We walked out into the town a bit, then turned around and headed back up the elevator and down the path to where we’d parked our car.

 

Futuristic curves and angles
Futuristic curves and angles

 

The tunnel from the elevator
The tunnel from the elevator

 

Willamette Falls
Willamette Falls

 

The elevator shaft in Oregon City
The elevator shaft in Oregon City

 

All in all, a fun day until I rear-ended the lady in front of me in stop and go traffic on my way home. Not a fun way to end my day, but my car looks like only the license plate is sticking out at a funny angle. Unfortunately, the other lady has an imprint of the before mentioned license plate on the back bumper of her only one year old car. I have a bit of whiplash on my neck on one side and down my back about mid-way, and I jammed my thumb into my steering wheel causing a bruise under the nail and banged my knee. Calvin seems to be totally fine.  So really, not a good ending to a good day, but I’m thankful it wasn’t worse.

 

Awesome architecture in NW Portland

Hello, dahlings! I’ve been meaning to share these photos of the wonderful architecture on St Andrews Catholic Church down in Portland where we did a photo shoot last week. But, I am having a super un-energetic week this week. Not sure if it’s due to the gray weather, me running out of flavored coffee creamer and choosing to drink tea instead of unflavored coffee (bleh!), or a total lack of sleep on Sunday night before having to get up early to be on set as an extra for the first day of filming for The Librarians, season 4. (Whoo!) I feel like I’ve been taking naps every day to catch up from that one night of terrible sleep. But it’s also been super gray and rainy out, and I know that affects my energy level a bit, too. Today, I’ve had my coffee and have been going all day! I know, the struggle is real peeps…

I’m sure there are a lot of other old churches around Portland with beautiful architecture. In fact, I know there are. I fully intend to visit more of them some day. But for now, this is the one I visited recently. All my architecture lovers out there, this post is for you!

 

St. Andrews Catholic Church, Portland, OR
St. Andrews Catholic Church, Portland, OR

 

Ornate door
Ornate door

 

Quiet reflections
Quiet reflections

 

Through the dogwoods
Through the dogwoods

 

Amazing architecture
Amazing architecture

 

Door artwork
Door artwork