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Portland, OR?

Joined: February 12th, 2006, 4:25 am

January 25th, 2011, 1:05 am #1

Hey folks,
I'm going to be in Portland, Oregon for a few weeks and was wondering about hobby shops and "must sees" while I'm there.
Any suggestions?

Mark
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Joined: February 3rd, 2001, 3:35 am

January 25th, 2011, 2:30 am #2

Been a few years since I've been to Portland but there was a couple of air museums in the area, I think one in Tilamook. The Spruce Goose is in McMinnville, OR which is a couple of hours away from Portland. There also used to be one of the largest used book stores in the West Coast in Portland, might find some good references. I've heard that there is also a sub at the Museum of Science.
Eric

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Joined: March 21st, 2004, 11:22 pm

January 25th, 2011, 4:00 am #3

Hey folks,
I'm going to be in Portland, Oregon for a few weeks and was wondering about hobby shops and "must sees" while I'm there.
Any suggestions?

Mark
The Evergreen Air Museum is actually about 45 minutes max from Portland proper... and has a raft of great stuff. If yer there on a 1st or 3rd Tuesday of the month, you could meet the rest of us geeks at the club nights at Bridgetown Hobbies in NE Portland. In fact the second meet of Feb is our not-to-be-missed annual auction. Bring lots of small, unmarked bills...

Paul
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January 25th, 2011, 4:39 am #4

Been a few years since I've been to Portland but there was a couple of air museums in the area, I think one in Tilamook. The Spruce Goose is in McMinnville, OR which is a couple of hours away from Portland. There also used to be one of the largest used book stores in the West Coast in Portland, might find some good references. I've heard that there is also a sub at the Museum of Science.
Eric

There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
Calvin and Hobbs 1990
Evergreen Museum in McMinnville, a short drive SW of Portland.
http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/

Tillamook Air Museum, just under two hours W-SW of Portland.
http://www.tillamookair.com/

Oregon Military Museum in Clackamas, a suburb SE of Portland. Note hours - only open Fri and Sat.
http://www.swiftview.com/~ormilmuseum/

OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry - Downtown Portland on the east bank. The main attraction there is the USS Blueback. You can take a tour through the inside of this submarine. You've probably seen this sub before. It was the sub that breached the surface in Hunt for Red October. There is a short 45 minute tour for under $6, and an involved, two hour technical tour for $15, which you need to make sure your on the reserved time list for.
http://www.omsi.edu/
http://www.omsi.edu/submarine

The Oregon Maritime Museum is in downtown Portland on the west side, right across the street from the river. The museum is in a building on Naito Parkway, and they have an operational sternwheeler moored at the seawall that is part of the tour. This sternwheeler, the Portland, was the last steam powered one built in the USA. It was disguised and was used in the movie Maverick.
http://www.oregonmaritimemuseum.org/

OHMS - Oregon Historical Modelers Society. A local IPMS affiliated club. There will be a build night on Feb 1, if you're lonely to visit other modelers. Location is at Bridgetown Hobbies (see below).

Bridgetown Hobbies - On Portland's east side.
http://bthobbies.com/

Tammie's Hobbies, in Beaverton, SW of Portland.
http://tammieshobbies.com/litecommerce/

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Multnomah Falls is a 620 foot waterfalls located east of Portland in the Columbia River Gorge on I-84, exit 28 (28 miles from downtown Portland).

There's also an old scenic highway that runs through the gorge. If your interested, I can provide more details. Lots of waterfalls along it. Here's a web page describing the driving route through the gorge and its features.
http://www.columbiariverhighway.com/his ... ighway.pdf

And a map of the end closer to Portland, where most of the waterfalls are.
http://www.columbiariverhighway.com/his ... ighway.pdf

If you're into geology, here's a self guided tour of the Columbia River Gorge.
http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/ger_ ... _gorge.pdf

Further upriver is Cascade Locks. The Cascade Rapids here cost many Oregon Trail pioneers their lives when they tried to raft their wagons down the river. Sternwheelers could only pass the rapids at flood stage. A lock was built, which still exists. One of my favorite burger joints is the East Wind Drive Inn. I like to take food from there and go eat in the park by the locks. Don't let the dingy building fool you, the food is good. If you cross over to Washington via the Bridge of the Gods, and head west back to Bonneville Dam, there is a vistors center on the north side and they give tours. You can walk on a generator and see the turbine blade controls, among other things. Click on the Columbia River tab on this poorly designed web page.
http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/recreation/home.asp

Also while in Cascade Locks, if you cross the bridge to Washington and head east a short ways, is the Columbia River Interpretive Center.
http://www.columbiagorge.org/

Must further east, at The Dalles (about 65 miles east of Portland on I-84) is the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and the Wasco County Historical Museum in the same building.
http://www.gorgediscovery.org/

There's also a walking tour of old buildings in The Dalles.
http://www.historicthedalles.org/the_dalles-map.htm

If you're looking for a place to eat in The Dalles, try Spookys. Can't miss their goofy sign from I-84. Ask anyone in town, they'll know where it is.

While at Tillamook, there is a cheese factory that is open to the public. Not surprisingly called the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Popular tourist trap.
http://www.tillamookcheese.com/visitorscenter/

If you have time to kill beyond the air museum and the cheese factory, the northern end of the Three Capes Scenic Route starts at Tillamook. North to south the three capes are Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda. Even if you don't want to drive all three capes, at least follow the south side of Tillamook Bay to Cape Meares to the Cape Meares Lighthouse, which also has the Octopus Tree there. This is a huge, uniquely shaped Sitka Spruce.
http://www.northwestplaces.com/trips101/Asto0007.htm
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January 25th, 2011, 1:12 pm #5

Hey folks,
I'm going to be in Portland, Oregon for a few weeks and was wondering about hobby shops and "must sees" while I'm there.
Any suggestions?

Mark
Bridgetown is a great Hobby Shop. Would love to recommend the FOrt Lewis Museum but it is closed for repair. However, the outside exhibits are still photographable.
Last edited by Warfrost on January 25th, 2011, 1:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: February 28th, 2006, 1:55 pm

January 25th, 2011, 2:29 pm #6

Hey folks,
I'm going to be in Portland, Oregon for a few weeks and was wondering about hobby shops and "must sees" while I'm there.
Any suggestions?

Mark
Hey Mark,

We'd really like to have you swing by the club meeting night and say hi to the locals...a great bunch.

"...If yer there on a 1st or 3rd Tuesday of the month, you could meet the rest of us geeks at the club nights at Bridgetown Hobbies in NE Portland. In fact the second meet of Feb is our not-to-be-missed annual auction. Bring lots of small, unmarked bills...

Paul"

We are actually raffling off Paul.

See ya?

Rick



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Joined: February 12th, 2006, 4:25 am

January 26th, 2011, 8:58 pm #7

And thanks for the invite. Unfortunately, the work I'll be doing there will run from four in the afternoon 'till midnight, otherwise I wouldn't miss the chance to meet up.
Looking forward to the visit and taking some time to see the sights! (If not the COLD! We get spoiled here in southern Arizona

Mark
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Joined: December 20th, 2006, 1:41 am

January 29th, 2011, 2:53 am #8

Hey folks,
I'm going to be in Portland, Oregon for a few weeks and was wondering about hobby shops and "must sees" while I'm there.
Any suggestions?

Mark
Don't forget Powell's Books in downtown Portland, the largest independent bookstore in the world. They have a large selection of new and used military books for sale.
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