Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Portland's wetland reserve and dead mini-volcanoes

Hiking the wetlands reserve on the Willamette River while on my way to the grocery store. Click to enlarge.

The local mortuary, with fifty-foot-high murals depicting the wildlife in the reserve.

If the zombie apocalypse ever tacks place were're pretty much boned on this side of the river, living a mile or so from a major regional mortuary.

Later in the weekend, hiking up Mt. Tabor, one of Portland's extinct cinder cone volcanoes. Surprisingly, building reservoirs into the side of a dead volcano here in earthquake country is a solid idea. The basement of fresh, young basalt rock provides excellent protection against the swaying and shaking that does so much damage during a major quake or subduction zone event.

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