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