Happy Healthy Walks

"Happy Healthy Walks" is a Smoup (Small Group) organized by Dr. Mindy Curry. Contact her directly with any questions or feedback.

Dr. Mindy Curry
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Hello Happy Healthy Walkers!  Our first walk is this Friday.  Rain or shine, as long as it isn’t really storming.  Mary S. Young park is located in West Linn just off scenic hwy 43 (river views). From Hwy 43 South simply enter the City of West Linn, then turn left into the Park.  (From I‐205 take Willamette Drive / Hwy 43 exit (#6). Go north on Willamette Drive/ Hwy 43. Turn right into the Park.)  Meet at 6 PM at the first parking lot on the left, right next to the dog park. (Not the parking lot at the end-if you see picnic tables and shelters, you’ve gone too far.)  If you want to carpool, then leave a comment including where you are located on the meet-up page and we’ll try to find someone going your way.  The walk will take an hour to an hour and a half, but allow the two hour window due to any view breaks or general group lag.  This should be fun!  


Oaks Bottom Park-

Previously: Sunday June 29th 10AM-12PM

New Date: Saturday June 28th 4-6PM

I’m changing the date of this proposed event so that there is no conflict with the Laughing Games smoup.  Let’s meet instead on Saturday June 28th 4-6PM at the small parking lot at 4999 SE Milwaukie Ave,‎ Portland.  Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is many things. A 140-acre natural flood plain wetland existing within city limits. An ornithologist paradise. A quiet meditative car(e)-free stroll where the soul can commune with its surroundings. A hidden getaway just blocks away from Sellwood's vibrant 13th Ave.  Saved by the City of Portland from further development, this once (and still) landfill is now home to hawks, quail, pintails, mallards, coots, woodpeckers, kestrels, widgeons, and great blue herons (official city bird). Looming above the refuge's far end, pictures of these avian inhabitants decorate the walls of the crematorium, a beacon of blue amidst the sea of green. This walk will be about 3 miles long and will weave through the park on mostly dirt trails.  Expect one steep hill, plus some rolling hills.  This walk will be on trails of varied quality so wear stabilizing active footwear such as sneakers, hiking boots or Tivas.  Bring water or snacks as needed.  Friendly dogs are welcome on leash unless in the dog park (although locals do tend to go leash-less).  If you like bring info on a new diet fad or health tip to share and evaluate.  This hike has many medicinal plants to potentially identify. If you want to carpool, then leave a comment on the meet-up page and we’ll try to find someone going your way.  The walk will take an hour to an hour and a half, but allow the two hour window due to any view breaks or general group lag.  This should be fun!  Let’s take a walk!


Some future Happy Healthy Walk locations: Troutdale Delta, Oaks Bottom Park, ForestPark, Palomino Loop Trail (West Linn), Mary S. Young (West Linn), Mt. Tabor, Sauvie Island, Powell Butte, Tryon Creek, Meldrum Bar Park, Cross Park to Clackamette Loop, Clackemette to Oregon City Falls, Waterfront loop PDX, your suggestions, etc…

Weekly? Bi-monthly? Monthly? Depends on how much interest there is for more frequent walks. If this group grows and someone else wants to help we could even do Healthy Happy walks in different parts of PDX every week. Please tell me your preferences when you join.

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  • Dan

    This was a nice, well thought-out walk through a great park. The circular route was almost exactly 3 miles and took just about one hour. I look forward to the next HHW at Oaks Bottom.

    June 23, 2014

  • Cheryl Ann L.

    Well, my fiasco with taking transit to the park to hike today started at 4:00 and ended just now at 9:30. Three transit rides to get there, and we got caught in standing traffic while the clock ticked away, and then it took 10 full minutes to make a left turn in downtown Lake Oswego. I told the driver the stop I needed, but she didn't check her map to see where it was until it was 2 miles behind us. I decided to check out the park anyway, even though I could not join the group, so I took a nice walk.
    The park was a beautiful location for a walk, Dr. Mindy did a great job choosing it. I had a lovely stroll in the quiet, peaceful green profusion. I'm not trying transit to a park location again, so I hope someone will give me a ride next time! I can come to you on transit, or you can pick me up if it's convenient. I'm in NE Hollywood district near 44th and Sandy.
    Would love to hear how it went for you, so leave comments!

    June 20, 2014

    • Mindy C.

      Wow! I'm so SO sorry to hear you had transit hell trying to get there! We can certainly try to do some car pooling in the future! The walk was absolutely beautiful! I'll post some pics as soon as I can figure out how to do that.

      1 · June 22, 2014

  • Mark

    Sorry not going to be able to make it but I hope everyone knows the right time and has fun.

    June 20, 2014

  • Mark

    The description says this is on saturday but my meetup calendar says it is on friday. So what gives?

    June 19, 2014

    • Mindy C.

      first walk friday, second walk the saturday a week later. Starting tomorrow with Mary S. Young, then a week later Oaks Bottom on Sat.

      June 19, 2014

    • Mark

      Thank you much. May go if friday is not too crazy at work (warehouse).

      2 · June 19, 2014

  • Tracy S.

    This sounds like a great idea! I would definitely be interested in joining if the timing works. Perhaps weekend mornings when the temperature is a little crisper?

    2 · May 21, 2014

    • Mindy C.

      It would have to be Sunday before the Sunday in the park smoup. Would that be too early or make people choose on or the other?

      June 18, 2014

  • Mindy C.

    The Oaks Bottom walk will be about 3 miles long and will weave through the park on mostly dirt trails. Expect one steep hill, plus some rolling hills. This walk will be on trails of varied quality so wear stabilizing active footwear such as sneakers, hiking boots or Tivas. Bring water or snacks as needed. Friendly dogs are welcome on leash unless in the dog park (although locals do tend to go leash-less). If you like bring info on a new diet fad or health tip to share and evaluate. This hike has many medicinal plants to potentially identify. If you want to carpool, then leave a comment on the meet-up page and we’ll try to find someone going your way. The walk will take an hour to an hour and a half, but allow the two hour window due to any view breaks or general group lag. This should be fun! Let’s take a walk!

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Mindy C.

    Oaks Bottom Park- Sunday June 29th 10AM-12PM Saturday June 28th 4-6PM
    I’m changing the date of this proposed event so that there is no conflict with the Laughing Games smoup. Let’s meet instead on Saturday June 28th 4-6PM at the small parking lot at 4999 SE Milwaukie Ave,‎ Portland. Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is many things. A 140-acre natural flood plain wetland existing within city limits. An ornithologist paradise. A quiet meditative car(e)-free stroll where the soul can commune with its surroundings. A hidden getaway just blocks away from Sellwood's vibrant 13th Ave. Saved by the City of Portland from further development, this once (and still) landfill is now home to hawks, quail, pintails, mallards, coots, woodpeckers, kestrels, widgeons, and great blue herons (official city bird). Looming above the refuge's far end, pictures of these avian inhabitants decorate the walls of the crematorium, a beacon of blue amidst the sea of green.

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Mindy C.

    Hello Happy Healthy Walkers! Our first walk is this Friday. Rain or shine, as long as it isn’t really storming. Mary S. Young park is located in West Linn just off scenic hwy 43 (river views). From Hwy 43 South simply enter the City of West Linn, then turn left into the Park. (From I‐205 take Willamette Drive / Hwy 43 exit (#6). Go north on Willamette Drive/ Hwy 43. Turn right into the Park.) Meet at 6 PM at the first parking lot on the left, right next to the dog park. (Not the parking lot at the end-if you see picnic tables and shelters, you’ve gone too far.) If you want to carpool, then leave a comment including where you are located on the meet-up page and we’ll try to find someone going your way. The walk will take an hour to an hour and a half, but allow the two hour window due to any view breaks or general group lag. This should be fun!

    1 · June 18, 2014

  • Korin S.

    Considering the Sunday Assemblies and the off-Sunday Smoup starting up soon, Saturdays will probably be the most available. I think AMs would be an invigorating way to start the day.

    2 · May 24, 2014

    • Mindy C.

      Unfortunately I'm starting to work on Saturday mornings...

      June 6, 2014

  • Cassie

    My preference is weekday afternoons. :)

    2 · May 25, 2014

    • Mindy C.

      Yeah, still trying to figure out my work schedule...

      June 6, 2014

  • Korin S.

    I'll be out of town on the 20th. Bailey (the dog I'm out of town to go adopt) and I will have to catch the next one!

    2 · June 6, 2014

  • Cheryl Ann L.

    This sounds great, and I can get to it by transit!

    1 · June 5, 2014

  • Cheryl Ann L.

    My beau, James Youker, is not going in on this one, and he's my ride, so I can only participate if I can get to the location by bus, or arrange a ride with another participant. Also, I've worked up to walking 2 miles a day. After sitting in a chair zombied out for 6 years and being bed-ridden for 1 year, I have "chair body" a new technical term I heard from another patient. I think I can push it another mile, so can we start the first one with just a 3 mile walk? I'm looking forward to stretching my limits and increasing my tone and endurance! Thanks so much for doing this, Dr. Mindy!

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Melissa B.

    I love this idea! I'm not a "hiker" but I love to walk!

    3 · May 20, 2014

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