An architectural marvel, the bridge has carried traffic since about 1931. While seeing the graceful arches from Cathedral Park is wonderful, and the view from the center span is breathtaking, I'm happy to share yet another view... this one from the center of the Willamette River. On a beautiful late summer evening the moon decided to play "touch me" with the bridge and got itself tangled up with the tower.
A unique feature of the bridge is that its west outlet takes travelers to the heart of Portland's Forest Park, a natural wonder in its own right. Trailheads and limited parking are off Germantown Road, one of the branch roads off the outlet. If hiking in natural areas is your thing, the St. Johns Bridge will get you there.
Birds of all sorts find roosts in the steelwork- falcon, swift, and many others. Nearby, on pole pilings, you'll find osprey nests, too. This, all in the center of a heavy industrial area below the bridge. It's as though you're above it all, and you are. Take a walk across the bridge, or if available, a cruise on the river underneath the arches. You too, might be able to capture the moon!
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