PortlandNeighborhood.com

Welcome to YOUR Portland Neighborhood Community

I lived on an island for awhile, when I was between the ages of eight and ten. My family moved from Roswell, New Mexico to Puerto Rico when my dad was transferred to Ramey Air Force Base.

It was very cool. White sand beaches, palm trees, hermit crabs to occupy our sand castles. Balmy weather punctuated every year by terrifying threats of hurricanes. BIG bugs. Even though we lived on base, amidst the regimented confines of military life, it was still a kid's adventure. When my dad decided in 1970 to take retirement and we moved to Texas, my anticipation of yet another new environment was tempered by a feeling of sadness in leaving island life.

I don't think you could find an island as unlike Puerto Rico as Sauvie Island (unless you ventured to the Arctic Circle), but I'll say that, were I to forsake the close-in allure of Portland living, Sauvie Island is where I would live.

Cross the bridge and it's like entering the Shire, I kid you not. All that's missing are the short rustics with a taste for second breakfasts, and you could probably find at least one of those if you asked around (no offense to short rustics, and who doesn't like a second breakfast?). You know the boxes of granola or muesli or other tree-huggy foods with the bright pictures of rolling green hills and farms you see lining the shelves at the market? That's what Sauvie Island looks like. Sauvie Island should totally sue for profit share.

Once known as Wapato Island (or Wappatoo, but that one makes me think of tobacco juice spitting contests), the island is now a haven for lavender farmers and those who love them, long straight flat roads and the cyclists who crave them, and pumpkin patches and the carvers who might harbor deep-seated interpersonal issues. And cows. And horses. We saw at least one pig. Tractors and houseboats and anglers, oh my. Take a kid to this place and you risk rubber-necking flirtations with whiplash.

And birds. LOTS of birds. The Wapato Greenway affords an easy hike and views of blue herons and other waterfowl, plus ospreys in the spring and summer and bald eagles during winter.

The island has beaches too. This is where things go a little off-center, where things slide from bucolic rusticism to Portland Bohemianism. Collins Beach is clothing-optional and competes with Rooster Rock for the attentions of the discerning unclad. One would think this juxtaposition of farm folk and unfettered flesh would be cause for consternation (at least for said farm folk), and every once in awhile I'm sure somebody walks a naked step or two farther than a neighboring property owner's comfort zone extends, but overall people seem to get on quite well. I suppose the island populace figures these nudistas will eventually put their pockets back on and then reach into them to pay for pumpkins or fresh produce on their way back over the bridge, and in the meantime they don't seem to scare the cows, so it's all good. That's a pretty healthy viewpoint.

No, I'm not posting pictures of Collins Beach. It was cold.

For more barely-competent attempts at photography, feel free to have a look at my photo albums on this website.  Enjoy!

Views: 155

Tags: Island, Sauvie

Comment

You need to be a member of PortlandNeighborhood.com to add comments!

Join PortlandNeighborhood.com

Latest Activity

Robert Kingdom posted events
10 hours ago
Portland Center Stage posted an event
Thumbnail

Easter Egg Hunt at the Armory at The Gerding Theater at the Armory

April 5, 2015 from 12pm to 2pm
EASTER EGG HUNT & MIMOSAS AT THE ARMORY  April 5, 2015Prizes, Peeps & Crafts, Mimosa Bar Free!12 p.m. — Lobby Hunt12:10 p.m. — Mezzanine Hunt12:20 p.m. — Lower LobbiesThe Easter Bunny has a promised a stop at the Armory this year and you are invited! Over 200 eggs containing prizes will be hidden throughout the Armory. Prizes include free Portland Center Stage tickets, OMSI passes (good for OMSI After Dark), gift certificates to Urban Fondue, Racion, Mabel & Zora, Moule, Popina…See More
Friday
Profile IconPleschette Fontenet, Angie, Raina Robillard and 3 more joined PortlandNeighborhood.com
Friday
Ross Seligman's discussion was featured
Friday
Ross Seligman posted a discussion
Friday
Mikey Park posted a discussion

Neighborhood near max rail for student

Hello Everyone, This is my first post on this forum. I just recently got the notification of acceptance into a grad program I was interested in Hillsboro. As I'm quite unfamiliar with the general Portland area, I wanted to see if anybody had any recommendations to certain neighborhoods and areas of PDX. I am pretty set on moving sometime in August, would prefer to find a place somewhere along the $600-800 rent on apartments nearby a max rail. My only means of commute would be using the rail…See More
Wednesday
Brewvana -Portland Brewery Tours posted events
Wednesday
Lily Popkova updated an event
Thumbnail

Oregon Potters Association's 33rd Annual Ceramic Showcase at Veterans Memorial Coliseum

May 1, 2015 at 10am to May 3, 2015 at 5pm
“Welcome Home” is the theme of the Oregon Potters Association’s (OPA) 33rd Annual Ceramic Showcase, the nation’s largest sale and show of ceramics. This one-of-a-kind, free, three-day event offers the perfect gifts for housewarmings, Mother’s Day, graduations and summer weddings. More than 150 artists from Oregon and SW Washington will display and sell eye-catching serving and baking pieces, vases and vessels, wall art and other items for the home, garden and office.HANDS-ON LEARNING:Clay…See More
Tuesday

Badge

Loading…

Powell's Books Picks

Girl in a Band

by Kim Gordon

The Buried Giant

by Kazuo Ishiguro

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

The Whites

by Harry Brandt

H Is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

© 2015   Created by Lorri E..

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service