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spiders and minorities

by memorex850

Does Portland have spiders or wierd bugs?

Is it pleasant weather in the summer, 85 and below.

Is the town friendly with minorities?

RE: spiders and minorities

by DSwede

I think this link will answer the question about insects:

There are spiders like everywhere, but with rarely will you see the black widow.

The temperature in Portand is comfortable all year round. Mild summers and comfortable winters, mostly due to the buffeting effect of the north Pacific waters. 85 is not uncommon, but is not the average for July & August is 80F.

Portland is a very friendly and inviting city. Minorities are not a problem at all. Just respect the parks and greenery and you'll be fine.

RE: spiders and minorities

by TashieKitten

We do have spiders but if you're worried about poisonous spiders what you have to look out for are Brown Recluse spiders (hanging out in woodpiles and other "reclusive" areas) and more commonly the Hobo spider (also called the Aggressive House spider.)

Portland weather is fairly mild. However, we have been known to have heat waves with weather in the 90s and above. It seems to rain more in June and July, August is the driest. this weekend it's been in the mid to upper 80s. Last week it poured rain.

We have minorities, of course, in a seemingly more diverse population. I'm originally from san francisco so it seemed very "white" when I first moved here. We have a sizeable black population, though most of our police are white (=racial tension.) Personally speaking, most of my "minority" friends are from various Asian ethnicities. portland's a pretty progressive town and we love diversity here, generally speaking, so I think you'd be welcome.

Travel Tips for Portland

the strength to escape once

by richiecdisc

There was no need to look at my watch for happy hour had been etched in my brain since we had arrived in Portland. And those happy hours were to be spent at Bridgeport Brewing. There didn't seem much sense looking for another. Theirs was just about perfect. Great cask-conditioned beer in Imperial Pints for prices I had not seen since the early 90s, inexpensive and excellent pizza, and an assortment of fair priced tapas all served in an ultra cool industrial setting. The reality was Bridgeport was keeping us hostage and we were willing accomplices. If their beer and food were not enough, they had a cafe/bakery on the premises to seal our fates. Their beer bread was heavenly and we bought a loaf every time we went, often sneaking it into the pub to eat with their olive tapas plate. If we were in the vicinity in the afternoon, we'd pick one up just to snack on as we walked the streets snapping photos, waiting for the hour to be happy to arrive.

So, on this last day in Portland, we decided to break our routine and see some of the outskirts of town on our way to the Mount Hood area. Since we would be camping and we had a nice supply of picnic goodies it only made sense to get some bread for the road. It was with great effort that I went into the brewpub and returned quickly with the hot loaves but a wife like I have been blessed with is not one to chance upsetting for even a great beer.

After a few days of exploring the Mount Hood area, we were on our way to Mount Rainer in Washington and found ourselves on the outskirts of Portland once again. We had finished both our loaves of bread and we really wanted more, knowing that it could very well be the last time we would have it. We checked the map and it was a little out of our way but really when you get right down to it, we were probably both afraid of getting too close again. Being stuck in Portland was something we had had the strength to escape one time. We didn't want to chance having to do it again.

Portland is a beer mecca

by richiecdisc

There are many great reasons to visit Portland but if you are a beer connoisseur, the most important one is to sample what are admittedly some of the finest beers brewed in the United States. Portland is particularly good at brewing cask-conditioned beer. This beer serving style comes from England and involves keeping the beer "alive" by putting live yeast in the storage vessel. These kegs of beer will change in flavor with time, making it a more interesting ale. It also makes the beer much softer in its palate, much less carbonated and far easier to drink. This is where the idea of "session" beer comes from. Bridgeport has been making cask beers since the mid-1980s and generally has four on hand pulled taps each day. Deschutes has one or two and Horse Brass Pub, while not brewing their own beer, can have up to six. It is a style you should seek out and at least try. It can be very nice for the non-beer drinker. Cask ales are like the red wine of the beer world and should be served at slightly warmer temperatures. This does not mean hot or really warm but cellar temperature.

Portland Fire Hydrants - and Web Guide to Them

by glabah

Unless something catches fire, most people don't think about the nearest fire hydrant, its location, or how reliable it might or might not be, or what type of water pressure or the size hose that could be connected to it.

Portland has a number of different fire hydrants on its streets. Some of them are unique to the city of Portland, and in fact since the city of Portland is made up of several different cities that were taken over by the city of Portland, some of them are unique to particular neighborhoods or even specific streets in the city of Portland.

When the city first started water service and fire protection service, it was easier to make components locally in the several skilled manufacturing plants than to try to transport the parts from back east.

Some of the more unusual fire hydrants here have been in service over 100 years.

A web guide about these unusual, vital, and yet often overlooked features of our city has been created that describes some of these unusual guardians of Portland.

Triple A Baseball

by TashieKitten

Family fun at PGE Park!! And grown up fun on $1 beer nights or down in the beer garden. Take your seats in the stadium, some as inexpensive as $5, and watch the game. I've been to pro games before and this is so much more fun. $2 for a bag of fresh roasted peanuts!! One side of the stadium is a tall iron fence where any Joe can stop to watch the game for a while. Wear comfy clothes for the 7th inning stretch and brush up on your singing because you will sing, "take me out to the ball game..."

Cannon Beach! Secluded, great...

by ESP2002

Cannon Beach! Secluded, great weather, furious storm watching, whale watching, tide pools, Ecola State Park, small town! This beach is only a little over 1 hour from Portland. Even the drive is beautiful with a natural forest surround you the entire way there! Did I mention the salt-water taffy??


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