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Urban Adventure League Does Palm Tree Ride

The Urban Adventure League conducts various bicycle rides and walking tours around Portland. Their latest on Sunday, 9 January, was a ride to celebrate the various tropical plants that grow around town.
The inflatable mobile palm tree accompanied us during most of the ride.
The inflatable mobile palm tree accompanied us during most of the ride.
Here is what the original invitation said about the ride:

Sure, winter solstice in Portland can be 'cold' and 'depressing', but believe me kiddo, other parts of the country have it much, much worse. And to prove it: a bicycle ride passing by the multitude of palm trees growing in the city! We'll also check out some other evergreen plants and trees, plus you'll get all the fun factoids that the Urban Adventure League is becoming known for.
Let's face it, if winters here are really that bad, there's NO WAY in hell tropical plants could grow here!

The ride began in Ladd's Circle and wound around the Hosford-Abernathy neighborhood, into Sunnyside, over Sullivan's Gulch and into Irvington, ending with a surprise of wonderful tea and muffins provided by the family that lives at the ride's endpoint. Along the way we saw a variety of vegetation more likely to be found far south of here: 3 or 4 types of palms but also eucalyptus, monkey-puzzle, and more. Shawn, the ride's leader, also commented on architectural and urban history along the way.

It was indeed a fun and informative time, and I would encourage anyone to check out future Urban Adventure League events.

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Palms in Portland 11.Jan.2005 20:43

David B.

I love the palms and eucalypts that can grow here. Though I'd consider them hardy subtropicals rather than true tropicals.

It's neat they can grow here. Portland's further north than Toronto; shows what marine currents can do to climate.