It's All Happening at the Oregon Zoo: Portland Day 2

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The guidebook says there are 200-some cloudy days in Portland, Oregon, and yesterday was one of those days. We decided to hop the light rail at Pioneer Square and go to the Oregon Zoo. It was a fairly short ride, but I was not prepared for the train to plunge into the West Hills of Portland, and barrel along at such a high speed in darkness.

It dropped us at a station 220-feet below street level. This station is the deepest underground in the country. Then, an elevator transported us to the surface. Made me feel all Star Trekky-like.

Portland is environmentally conscious. Because we took public transportation to the Zoo, that entitled us to a discount on our tickets, which I immediately blew on popcorn.

Below are photos from the Oregon Zoo:

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Eric Villaverde
DoubleTree Home Inspection Services L.L.C. - Phoenix, AZ

I always enjoy blogs about local markets such as yours. Thanks for sharing today

Jul 13, 2009 02:36 AM #1
Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

These are great photos Elizabeth. Portland is only about 2 hours away from where I live in Washington and is always worth a visit.

Jul 13, 2009 03:22 AM #2
Ron Tarvin
Residential, Investment properties, rehab projects, property management, luxury homes, new construction! - Katy, TX
Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095

Great photos!  Our Houston Zoo is great but there are some very obvious missing occupants!  We have NO gorillas and NO Zebras.   My 3 year old daughters favorite animal is the Zebra and my wife's favorite animal is the Gorilla.  My favorite has always been the Tigers but I can hardly stand to see them couped up in a zoo...

Jul 13, 2009 03:26 AM #3

Great photos Elizabeth. It looks like you had a great time.

Jul 13, 2009 04:25 AM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Love the Zebra and the polar bear... although I half expected to see the polar bear drink a coca cola.  Don't really like seeing an eagle caged up, makes me kind of sad.

Jul 13, 2009 04:49 AM #5
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Wow... 220' below street level?  Beam me up Scottie!  Great photo's of the wildlife, Elizabeth.  :)

Jul 13, 2009 10:02 AM #6
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Elizabeth, 220 feet below street level, wow, how long is that tunnel!?  I love the polar bears, they are one of my favorites at the zoo.

Jul 13, 2009 10:05 AM #7
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

Does the cloudy day make the animals more active. Looks like they were out and active.

Jul 13, 2009 02:33 PM #8
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Elizabeth:  What wonderful pictures.  Sounds like you are having a great time on your getaway.  Love the picture of that cat.  What breed of cat is that?

Jul 13, 2009 03:05 PM #9
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Elizabeth, I love your photos. It looks like you are having a fabulous time! Enjoy!

Jul 13, 2009 03:23 PM #10
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

A popcorn lover.  A great photog.  (Or with a great photog lover.)          Who knew?


Portland is the greatest city of its size anywhere.

I am glad to be only two hours away.


The city government is a little crazy though.

But then isn't everybody's.

Jul 13, 2009 05:06 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You've captured some wonderful pictures, Elizabeth!  I had no idea that Portland even had an underground train system.  I am envious of parts of the country, and the globe which have efficient high speed travel.  London was my first experience with a subway system, and then New York City.  I think in California we are far too married to the car.

Jul 13, 2009 09:14 PM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

  We love the add to your own personal zoo...please see your invite on the dozen cuzin blog...David says lots of animals have better personalities than people....sure wish they could buy and sell houses...

Jul 14, 2009 01:44 AM #13
Kirsten Mellinger
Emerald Funding & Realty - Simi Valley, CA
Ventura County Real Estate

Great photos!  Can I ask what kind of camera you used?  Did it come with its own software or are you using a different photo-shop?   Sorry to grill you...I'm thinking of buying a new one!   :)   Thanks

Jul 14, 2009 04:20 AM #14
Michelle & Joe Kaspari
Essential Home Staging - Sacramento, CA
Essential Home Staging, Sacramento

Great photo's, we were just at the San Dieo Zoo and Wild Animal Park a couple weeks ago.  The kids were so amazed at the animals there...I could have stayed in front of the exhibits for hours just watching the interaction between the animlas.  Quite amazing!

Jul 14, 2009 05:40 AM #15
Monica Bourgeau
New Phase Business Coaching - Portland, OR
Business Coaching

Elizabeth - beautiful photos and I LOVE Portland - thanks for sharing the fun!

Jul 14, 2009 12:39 PM #16
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Elizabeth... all the animals look well cared for and very happy to be in Portland!  Quite a testament to their adopted city! 

Jul 14, 2009 06:33 PM #17
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hey Kirsten, I'm using a Nikon with zoom lens. I didn't "doctor" these photos at all except to resize them. Glad you guys like them!

P.S. Ron, my favorite animal is the giraffe, but I didn't have room for more photos.

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