Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monday Parking Places

This is just a quick series of some parking places from my travels on Monday. They're probably not too interesting but I thought they might qualify for a blog post to show places in Portland and Vancouver. The above is at a major medical center in Portland.

Same spot - different angle. Whoever rides that scooter is pretty hard-core. It's there a lot.
A major medical center in Vancouver, WA. The morning was foggy.

Washington State University Vancouver campus.

A school district. A fair amount of workers here either ride or want to ride.

Okay, this was a fun stop in Northwest Portland. It's fun looking at camera gear.

In the parking lot of the photo store I spotted this family vehicle complete with a rendering of Mt. Hood. Honest, I didn't draw that. Just after I took this image the owner and his daughter came out and drove off.

When I came out of the photo store this guy was patiently waiting for his master. It also looks like he could be the get-away driver. 

Hope the weather allows you to ride.


  1. I didn't know there was a nice parking lot near pro-photo. I've wanted to go there ever since my co-worker told me about the place. I've avoided it due to being in the big city with all the traffic and parking woes.

    I believe you when you say you didn't draw on the window...a motorcyclist would have drawn a nice curvy road on the mountain.

  2. Interestingly, I was at SW Washington Medical Center yesterday. There is motorcycle parking by the shelter near Engineering.

    At WSU Vancouver I go around the campus and park up the hill at facilities.

    At Portland Public Schools I park near where you do. The guy who does the doors and hardware rides an RT as well. He took one an ART class I was teaching last summer.

    Fun post!

  3. Kari,
    Pro Photo is not real hard to get to. Northwest is not too bad for getting around on a motorcycle/scooter; not like downtown by the river. You might Google-map it and make it a Saturday thing. If I were you I would also tie in a photo op trip to Sauvie Island! The island is on my trip list.

    I usually go to SW Washington Med. Center but didn't make it there Monday. I went to the old hospital on Main but didn't include the photo.

    At WSU I park by facilities too. You probably know the lock guy too. I saw him Monday. And the lock guy at Portland Schools is on my radar. If he rides an RT we're already good friends by default!

  4. Hi Mike,
    I had to go and google it. It's to the west of the 405. I didn't know that. I tried the street view and it looks survivable. I was amused, there was a bike or scooter parked along the street in the street view. Must be a good sign. :)

    I haven't been to Sauvie island in years. We've wanted to drag the kayaks up there, but haven't done so yet. I bet it does have some great photo ops.

  5. Let me just say there are a lot of scooters in NW Portland, especially in the summer. :)

    Kayaks at Sauvie Island would be fun... again, especially in the summer. I wouldn't want to fall in this time of year. :)

    I worked in Salem Tuesday and a fellow motorcyclist-photographer buff said that Baskett Slough near Dallas is a great spot. Have you been there?

  6. Hi Mike,
    We've stopped at Baskett Slough viewpoint, and drove through a small access road, but haven't explored it beyond that. I believe there is a trail or trails. Another jewel to explore. :)

    We usually go to Ankeny NWR as it's closer.