Here’s some info for all you hikers, bikers, and veggie eaters.
Resources for Hikers
- NWHiker has awesome free hiking maps with pictures.
- College Outdoors provides the Lewis & Clark College community with activities including cross-country skiing, backpacking, whitewater sports, sea kayaking, and hiking. All trips are open to law students.
- Bark is a grassroots group that works to preserve the forests, waters, and wildlife of Mt. Hood National Forest and surrounding regions. Join Bark on the 2nd Sunday of every month as they explore Mt. Hood National Forest and other surrounding public lands. You can also carpool from Portland out to the forest. Meet up location and hike descriptions at http://bark-out.org/event.php.
- Friends of the Gorge Friends leads 80+ hikes in the Columbia River Gorge from March-June and from Sept.-Oct. Destinations range from tried-and-true trails to hidden gems, including some properties not open for public use. Their website is also a great resource for planning your own hike. Visit the website to download the current season’s Hiking Brochure.
- www.portlandonline.com/transportation (click on “bicyclist” on the left hand side)
There are too many great bike shops to list them all, but here are some of our favorites.
- Seven Corners 3218 SE 21st (just north of Powell Blvd)
- A Better Cycle 2324 SE Division (open til 8pm!)
- River City Bicycles 706 SE MLK Blvd (between SE Morrison & Alder)
- The Recyclery 730 SW 11th (downtown, between SW Morrison & Yamhill) & 8416 N Lombard (in St. Johns)
- Citybikes Worker Owned Cooperative repair at 1914 SE Ankeny, sales at 734 SE Ankeny
- Community Cycling Center 1700 NE Alberta
- North Portland Bike Works 3951 N Mississippi (between N Shaver & Failing)
Co-ops are wonderful things. If you live near one, think about becoming a member-owner - you get perks and support your local community. Even if you’re not a member, they’re still great places to shop. Certain items may be more expensive than a “normal” grocery, but it’s easy to shop cheap too, especially if you hit up the bulk bins (bring your bags and jars, or check out their used container areas).
- People’s: 3021 SE 21st (north of Powell Blvd). This vegetarian co-op hosts a year-round farmer’s market in their courtyard! They offer free yoga classes, as well as workshops on food, farming and other topics.
- Alberta: 1500 NE Alberta. They have a great selection here, and also offer various classes and workshops and host community events.
- Food Front: Two locations: 2375 NW Thurman and 6344 SE Capitol Hwy in Hillsdale. Food Front has less of an emphasis on providing classes, but they are great places to shop, too.
Community Supported Agriculture
It’s the closest thing to growing your own food. CSA members buy a “share” of a local farmer’s harvest and receive weekly cornucopias of greens, fruits, vegetables, and sometimes eggs and cheese. It isn’t a lot of money and you should probably be eating more vegetables anyway.
Find a CSA in your neighborhood:
Veg Dining and Resources:
Portland is a great place to be vegan, go vegan, or just eat delicious vegan food. Eating a plant-based diet is one of the easiest and most effective ways to minimize your harm to the Earth, especially if you buy local, sustainable food (like from co-ops and CSAs!). But even law students need to hit the town from time to time, so here are some of our favorite places. There are way too many places to list here, so check out the online resources for more recs.
- Blossoming Lotus, 1713 NE 15th (just north of Broadway). Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, Blossoming Lotus is a Portland vegan institution. They have raw and cooked offerings, including the best vegan lasagna (with 4 homemade cheeses!) I’ve ever tasted.
- Portobello Vegan Trattoria, 1125 SE Division. All-vegan Italian fare, and it’s incredible. One of the best in town, with a great new space. Perfect for dressing up for a date or just going out with friends.
- Red and Black, 400 SE 12th (@ Oak). Best vegan Reuben in town. Also, Dragon Noodles. Need I say more? Probably not, but I will: it’s worker-owned, all-vegan, and full of radical, lefty political goodness.
- Sweetpea, 1205 SE Stark. Part of the Vegan Mini-mall (!!), along with Food Fight (a convenience store for all your vegan snacking needs, and produce too!), Herbivore (great clothes, accessories, etc), and Scapegoat Tattoo (using all-vegan inks). Sweetpea has amazing baked goods and delicious sandwiches, too!
- The Bye and Bye, 1011 NE Alberta. Great vegan bar food, with a solid late night menu, too. Want to feel the opposite of healthy? Try the chili pie. Warning: on the weekends the bar is PACKED with hipsters!
- Homegrown Smoker, SW 4th & College. This is a food cart dedicated to the art of vegan barbeque. It will rock your world. Best vegan mac-no-cheese in town, too.
- Green Wok, 11137 SW Capitol Hwy. The best veg option for people living in the SW, they have all-vegan Asian fare, including an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.