Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in southeast Portland is a great spot for bird-watching, soul-searching and general leg-stretching. These murals, which keep watch over the wetlands, serve as a field guide of sorts.
With apologies to Herman Melville, whenever I “find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a drizzly November in my soul … I account it high time” to get to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge as soon as I can.
The wildlife refuge — located just minutes from downtown Portland – delivers year-round delights for joggers, hikers and dog-walkers; opportunities for bird-watchers to spy great blue herons and many other species; and one whale of a metaphor.
>> Continue reading on TheIntertwine.org, a handy online guide to the region’s network of parks, trails and natural areas. (To access the full post, click on “Walking the Oaks Bottom Loop” in the lower right-hand corner of The Intertwine’s page.)