Jim Northrop lived in Salem for 24 years and with his list of favorite places was the guide for our scouting trip. We started our walk at the Riverfront Park over to the Union Street Railroad Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge. It was a quick jaunt to the capitol grounds alive with blooming cherry trees and petals falling like snow. Inside the Oregon Capitol, we signed a wavier to follow our guide up the 121 steps of the narrow spiral staircase to view the Golden Pioneer and look down on the two rows of cherry trees. We took time to visit Oregon’s House Chamber to watch the passage of a bill. Next was lunch at a Greek restaurant, one of Jim’s favorites. Jim identified buildings, sculptures, and gardens as he led the way through a maze of paths and city streets from the Oregon Capitol to Willamette University, Deepwood Museum and Gardens, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem Convention Center, and the historic Ladd and Bush Bank. The Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge is still under construction but it will be one of the stops on the next Salem exploration trip. We were back in Eugene by 5:00. Thanks to Jim for sharing Salem and selecting a date during spring break when the cherry trees were in bloom and the Observation Deck was open for tours.Members: Janet Jacobsen, Jim Northrop.
Jim, the leader, at the Gilbert House, Children's Museum—photo by Janet Jacobsen
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