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Peaceful Places: Portland: 100+ Tranquil Sites in and Around the Rose City

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Updated maps, new hikes, even more rankings and categories, fresh photography, and useful backpacking options make the newest edition of Paul Gerald's authoritative guide to Portland's best day hikes the most exciting yet. Profiling 60 select trails, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press) gives outdoor adventurers a little of everything there is to enjoy around Portland: mountain views, forest solitude, picturesque streams, strenuous workouts, casual strolls, fascinating history, fields of flowers, awesome waterfalls, and ocean beaches. Whether you want a convenient city bus ride to the flat and fascinating Washington Park, a bumpy drive to Lookout Mountain, or the thigh-burning experiences that are Kings and Elk Mountains, Gerald lets you know what to bring, how to get to the trailhead, where to go on the trail, and what to look for while hiking.

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Publisher Comments:

Everybody knows about Portland's food scene, its outdoor recreation, its bike lanes, beer pubs, and coffee shops. Whether you call it Stumptown or Bridgetown — or even PDX — Portland has been mocked as the city "where young people go to retire." But seemingly every weekend there's a festival, organized bike ride, political march, or something else clamoring for participation. In short, Portland is a happening town.

But sometimes folks just want to chill out, to go where there isn't much happening. They might want to enjoy a quiet meal, take a walk in a park, curl up with a good book, or get out of town to some soul-soothing destination. With books covering all the other activities in town, where's the one that tells people where they can do... well, not much?

As of Fall 2012, the answer is Peaceful Places: Portland, written by Paul Gerald, the man who gave this town 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Breakfast in Bridgetown. This time, Gerald is off in search of peace and quiet, and he invites the reader along to quiet tables, parks and gardens, enchanting walks, outdoor habitats, and other retreats.

Seeking out the places or times when the crowds will be elsewhere, Gerald will give you the essence of what each place is about — what makes it peaceful or inviting. But he does not stint on also giving you all the detailed info you need to find the place and get there at the crowd-free time.

Sometimes, this will be a matter of discovery, as in “Do I really stand a chance of seeing a heron in the Pearl District?” Other times it may feel like being let in on a secret, like a meadow full of camas blooming within earshot of Interstate 205. Or maybe its just the right time to hit just the right table for a romantic meal or some quality reading time.

But the theme that carries throughout the book is a simple one: Portland is a great city, but its still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.

Review:

"It will change your life from the outside in" KBOO Radio

Review:

"The best guide to the Zen of Portland." Mark Zusman, editor, Willamette Week

Review:

"Peaceful Places: Portland is an artistically attractive book with a peaceful ambiance for easy strolling." The Portland Book Review

Synopsis:

Everybody knows about Portlands food scene, its outdoor recreation, its bike lanes, beer pubs, and coffee shops. Whether you call it Stumptown or Bridgetown — or even PDX — Portland has been mocked as the city where young people go to retire. But seemingly every weekend theres a festival, organized bike ride, political march, or something else clamoring for participation. In short, Portland is a happening town. Seeking out the places or times when the crowds will be elsewhere, Paul Gerald give travelers the essence of what each place is about — what makes it peaceful or inviting. But he does not stint on also giving readers all the detailed info they need to get there at the crowd-free time. The theme that carries throughout the book is a simple one: Portland is a great city, but its still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.

About the Author

Paul Gerald started on the sports desk of daily newspapers because he wanted to get into the press box at football games. That led to various writing gigs at daily and weekly newspapers in Tennessee, California, and Texas.

Eventually he branched out as a freelancer into the fields of travel, food, and the outdoors. He moved to Oregon in 1996 to pursue his writing habit and also enjoy the ocean, mountains, rivers, and big trees. He can't seem to get enough hiking or camping, nor can he seem to stay in town when he has money and no deadlines.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780897329385
Author:
Gerald, Paul
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Subject:
United States / West / Pacific (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)
Subject:
Travel-US Western States
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Peaceful Places
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW photos throughout, Maps
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , "It will change your life from the outside in"
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Everybody knows about Portlands food scene, its outdoor recreation, its bike lanes, beer pubs, and coffee shops. Whether you call it Stumptown or Bridgetown — or even PDX — Portland has been mocked as the city where young people go to retire. But seemingly every weekend theres a festival, organized bike ride, political march, or something else clamoring for participation. In short, Portland is a happening town. Seeking out the places or times when the crowds will be elsewhere, Paul Gerald give travelers the essence of what each place is about — what makes it peaceful or inviting. But he does not stint on also giving readers all the detailed info they need to get there at the crowd-free time. The theme that carries throughout the book is a simple one: Portland is a great city, but its still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.

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