Sunset/Moonrise Ride Report, Wed July 1

It was another hot day in Portland, another day of a high above 90F, which has happened with alarming frequency in June. But by the time 7 pm hit, the cooling had started, and nine of us had gathered at Ps and Qs market on NE Dekum St in Woodlawn. I led the group up to Broughton Beach, the public beach on the Columbia River, about 1 mile east of the junction of NE 33rd Drive and Marine Drive. I’ve got a favorite backway to get down to NE 33rd that avoids the bridge across Columbia Blvd. This backway features a nice li’l path along a side channel of the Columbia Slough.

We got to the beach around 8, so nothing to do but hang out and wait. The full moon rose shortly before the sun set, appearing quite ghostly and faint for the first few minutes of its rising. The sun set, the moon got brighter, and we also had a special appearance of Venus and Jupiter pretending to be twin stars in the early evening sky.

As it got dark, folks filtered off, towards home. Vince and I stopped at the Sextant and its river view patio for a post sunset beer.

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