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    Jun 05, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
    So I'm officially moving SOLO to Portland in early August. I was initially planning on moving to Corvallis until I got wait listed in their Pharmacy program. I plan on living there for a year until I apply to schools again.

    So boys I need some advice:

    Hiking
    Gyms
    downtown (best times to explore)
    Gay Bars
    biking or shuttling around?


    Just a scoop on what I'm getting myself into....and yes I am looking for FRIENDS
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    Jun 05, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
    Multnomah Falls is a popular hiking destination. Silver Falls is popular. Mount Hood, too.
    The best time to go to Downtown P-town is all the time!
    The transit system in the Portland metro area is sooo nice. The trains/buses can take you practically everywhere you want to go. But it's a bit pricier than most transit systems-- $2.50 for a 2-hour ticket or $5 for an all-day ticket.
    Portland is very bike-friendly too. Some areas downtown have car-lane sized bike lanes. They're green.
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    Jun 06, 2013 6:15 AM GMT
    Alright, thanks! Do you think it would be better to live directly downtown in Portland or the outskirts of it?

    What are the gay bars like?.....as in the people. I'm thinking I can meet people that way but that seems a little weird and a wrong place to start off. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 06, 2013 6:27 AM GMT
    Oh. Well most of the boys who move solo to pdx sit on the sidewalks outside the trendy restaurants and beg for leftovers. Don't bother - the food sucks. It's all pretension.

    Hypothetically, you could pad next year's application by taking some post-grad classes at PSU, except that PSU is just a grotesquely oversized community college. You'd have more credibility doing that in Cowvallis, except that it's really expensive to live there, for a small(ish) town. (Hint - the coast is just a 50 mile bike ride from CV over some small mountains...)

    Gay bars... actually quite a variety of different scenes. You'd have to sample them to see whether you fit into one.

    Hiking... you'll have to be more specific. Anything you want man. Then there's these guys: http://www.adventuregroup.org Haven't actually tried them, though they occasionally have "outings" near my place.
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    Jun 06, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    Plenty of people live outside of Portland (but still in the Portland metro area)and go downtown to do their thing. I'd live in the outskirts but that's just me.

    I don't know anything about the bar scene.
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    Jun 06, 2013 6:36 AM GMT
    Forest Park (largest metropolitan park of any city in the world) in NW PDX has awesome hiking/trail running trails. Endless public lands (USFS/BLM) to hike and goof off/car camp in the Pacific Northwest. No shortage of gay bars down town (Eagle, Silverado, Boxxes, etc.)
    Corvallis is an awesome small town and great school (I had a faculty appointment in the "90s) but pretty boring if you are gay and single. You will be shopping around in Eugene and elsewhere to find some fun or you might just get lucky. Oregon (Oregun) aint San Fran but is still pretty awesome and way fun. My $.02 anyway.
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    Jun 06, 2013 6:44 AM GMT
    Yeah, I just found out I got a pharmacy job lined up a little near the Milwaukie area. OSU in Corvallis was the school I got wait listed in. I feel like I'll fit in at portland in the meantime.

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    Jun 06, 2013 6:47 AM GMT
    Ah, well... the light rail won't be finished into milwaukie for a couple of more years. Dunno the current state of bike routes between there and downtown.
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    Jun 06, 2013 7:35 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidAh, well... the light rail won't be finished into milwaukie for a couple of more years. Dunno the current state of bike routes between there and downtown.


    look into the springwater corridor, which runs through milwaukie and will spit you out a next to a bridge (Hawthorne) that will shoot you into south downtown (yep the bridge has a bike lane) --http://www.40mileloop.org/trail_springwatercorridor.htm

    I think Portland's public transit is a little overrated IMO but that's just because it would only really be most useful to me on a weekend night (I'm spoiled from living in a city where public transit goes later -- in Portland it does not). There is MAX light rail, buses everywhere obviously, and a tram up to OHSU.

    As far as gyms... LA Fitness, 24HR Fitness, Crunch (out east), Anytime Fitness (no idea where these area), and Eastside/Westside Athletic Club are the ones that come to mind. LAF and 24HR are especially prevalent (and basically equivalent apart from price and hours).

    There's tons of hiking in Portland proper, which is really unusual. As someone mentioned, Forest Park is huge, but there's also Tryon Creek State Park which is a state park in the city boundaries. The park system here is also enormous with like 100+ city parks. They run movies/concerts/events in the parks in the summer too which can be fun.
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    Jun 06, 2013 7:37 AM GMT
    Hiking - punchbowl falls and multnomah falls. There are more but those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head.

    Gyms - theres always 24 hour fitness, LA fitness, Crunch, and Planet Fitness. I also go to a bouldering climbing gym called the Circuit.

    Downtown (best times to explore) - There's the Pearl district where the "social lites" likes to hang out in. The waterfront is awesome on a sunny day just to hang or jog

    Gay Bars - CC Slaughter, Boxxes, and Silverado (male strip bar). There are also gay events that happen at some clubs. Last Saturday of the month there is Blow Pony at Rotture. There is also Gaycation at Holocene.

    biking or shuttling around? I know there is a bike path that is parallel to the freeway to the Max Station (our train) from Milwaukie to Clackamas Town Center. You can take the green line from there to head to downtown.

    And Mindgarden I think the food is great here. You must not go out to eat in hidden areas. The places that are "popularized" are ok but there are tons of great eats that the REAL locals know.
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    Jun 08, 2013 7:01 AM GMT
    Also, read this. It's funny and true at the same time!