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Explore a New Park #25: Colonel Summers Park, Portland Oregon


Again, on a Friday night after work, when we had no plan, why not watch a free movie and eat popcorn with other people in a park. This is a very friendly and safe place to hang around thanks to the City of Portland. On this day (7/12), they had this Movies in the Park event at Colonel Summers Park in East downtown Portland.

How to get there?

It takes about 8 mins drive from downtown Portland. The traffic towards a bridge across Willamette River can get heavy depending on time of a day.

Google Map:

How was the park?

Food and Drink

Free Popcorn, Boba tea, and Mexican food from food carts. Public Restroom (Portland Loo) is available.

Free Popcorn
Boba Tea

Park Features

Splash Pad
Baseball field


Tennis courts


Movies in the Park

Movie started around 9:30. The movie was Black Panther.

The list of Movies 2019:



There was a community garden next to the park. It is well maintained by a few people.

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Explore a New Park #22: Brooklyn City Park, Portland OR | #MoviesInthePark


Every summer in Portland Oregon, Portland Parks and Recreation by the City of Portland offer free movie and live music concerts with local music bands. This is a very friendly event and kids would love it.

The list of movies in 2019 summer is listed here:

Some movies listed here have different languages as audio and English as subtitles, so you would want to double-check if you are interested.

This post is sharing experience on Friday, July 5th 2019 with Fantastic Beasts for the movie and the Old Yellers for the music.

Park View with people and outside movie theater setup

Park and Event Highlight Picture

Where Is the Parking?

Street Parking is free in the neighborhood.

Google Map:

Brooklyn Park:

Who offer the free movies?

Portland Parks & Recreation by City of Portland. This event was well managed and trash cans and toilets were there. Here is the list of coming up events for the movies in the park.

What shall we do before the movie start?

The movie starts after dusk (it started around 9:30pm). Free concert starts around 6:30pm.

kids playground, basketball courts and baseball field are there.

Food and Drink?

Free popcorn and food carts are available. Everybody is welcome to bring any outside food.

How was the movie?

The movie was Fantastic Beasts: Crimes Of Grindelwald from 2018. The movie was a little more than 2 hours (2 hr and 13 min). This is the second movie of the “Fantastic Beasts” series. The content is about what happened before Harry Potter. Young Dumbledore was in the movie.

They played the DVD version. The movie started after 9:30 and finished around 11:30. It got very cold. Extra blankets would help.

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Explore a New Park #21: Fort Vancouver, Vancouver WA | July 4th Fireworks

Introduction | Fort Vancouver is a National Historical Park and they hold a July 4th Fireworks event. This is one of the biggest fireworks at West Coast. They play music while launch fireworks. They start fireworks after 10pm, which is later than other firework places. So, it is a good idea to bring warm cloths to wait for fireworks.

Park Features:

Highlight Picture


How to find parking spot?

Parking is free on July 4th on street. There would be traffic jam after fireworks, so if possible, I’d recommend to park where you could exit from crowd easily. For example, closer to entrance to highway.

There were a couple of people checking car traffic on Evergreen Blvd. You could park on Reserve St or before the bridge. You need to take a walk to the park.

Food and Gift Shops?

Yes, at Visitor Center and Food Cart. You can bring outside food. There was a bag check at the park entrance.

What to do before fireworks start after 10pm?

Art Museum

The front door to enter the museum after the ticket office was unique. The museum ticket was free on July 4th.

Miniature of Fort Vancouver

When do the fireworks start?

Fireworks started around 10:05pm. It was already cold, so good to bring blankets.

Starting Fireworks
July 4th Signature Firework
There was a fire near the highway after the fireworks. Firefighters were able to stop the fire. Great Job!

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Explore a New (Ball) Park #13: Hillsboro Hops Stadium, Hillsboro Oregon

Here is 2019 new home opening game for Hillsboro Hops.

Park Features:

Park Highlight Picture:



There were a plenty of parking space as we arrived a bit early to get to the first home game and free towels.

Stadium Entrance. The gate opened at 5:30 pm. The game started around 7:15PM.

Practice before the game and Scoreboard and local sponsors.

Yes, the Hoppiest Place on Earth.

Everything tasted good outside watching the game. Official Sausage of the Hillsboro Hops. They had very good hot dogs. It seemed that many people wanted to drink outside.

Pitching bullpens. Behind the wall – food cart

Kids Park and Adult Park? (hop garden with beer).

Outside Hopps Store. There is also an inside one by the entrance.

View from the home base. 

Hillsboro Mascot. Barley jumped!

During the game.

Hops were losing…

Yes, Fireworks after the first opening game and last game.

Final Score: Vancouver vs Hillsboro Hops, 5-1


Going home from the stadium was not too bad. It may be because some people left in the middle of the game. Overall, this is a very good experience and atmosphere was great.

After sunset, it got very cold. Fireworks were very good and lasted about 7 mins.


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Explore a New Park #12: Smith Rock State Park, Terrebonne, Oregon

Park Features:

Park Highlight Picture:



My favorite Oregon State Park


Smith Rock State Park Map


Rock from Parking Lot


Misery Ridge Trail Head



Hiked up to the first milestone.


Looking down – parking lot was found.


Tree on top


A couple of climbers were going up the Red Wall.


They reached the top!!!


The same climbers were going down through a rope from the top. Very challenging!!! This picture was taken from the other side of Red Wall.




Going down was scary. Not good for knee.


Going back was not as bad as the beginning. It was very peaceful.



ROCKHARD – hiking & Rock Climbing Gear, Ice Cream, and Smith Rock Sticker shop


This is the Strava Log – 5.22 miles, 1hr 26 mins Moving Time


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Explore a New Park #11: Painted Cove Trail, Mitchell Oregon

This is a hidden gem in the Painted Hills.

Park Feature

Park Highlight Picture


This small trail is part of big John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and the Painted Hills.


Driving on a unpaved road next to Painted Hills


Small Rock in the middle


Beautiful Painted Hill – looks like art


This trail only took us 30 mins, but it was very comfortable. Not many people were there, so we had enough time to take pictures and enjoy the art in nature.


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Explore a New Park #10: Noble Woods Park, Hillsboro Oregon

This park is located in the middle of a city called Hillsboro, Oregon. There is a very nice trail and creek surrounded by trees in residential area. This is a nice place for taking a dog for a walk.

Park Features:

Park Highlight Picture:


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Explore a New Park #9: Mosier Plateau Trail in Mosier Oregon

Park Features:




Waterfalls and swimming hole


There was a cemetery in the middle of the hiking trail.

We saw a horse while we were hiking. This town is a peaceful. Only 480 people live in Moises, Oregon.

On the way to the top, there were switchbacks and stairs were build nicely (evenly spaced), which helped us hike up easily rather than hiking on dirt.

This is the scenery  from the view point on top. You can see Columbia River and highway 84 where we drove from.

Another view point was near the cliff 20 mins hike from the top. It was very windy but the view was gorgeous. The picture below is towards East Oregon.

The picture below is towards West (Portland).

To respect the trail…

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Explore a New Park No. 8 : Forest Park (Oregon Zoo to Burnside Rd) in Portland, Oregon

Here is the run after work. I ran on Wildwood trail. Today was another sunny day, so it was easy to get thirsty while running. The forest definitely helped cool down the temperature a little compared to running on concrete in a city.

Entrance to Wildwood trail!


Wildwood trail is a very famous trail for runners.

Unfortunately, the trail to pass the Burnside road all the way to Pittock Mansion was closed. So, I just ran on concrete a little to see traffic jam on Burnside Road and came back to Oregon Zoo. Good news is they are building a bridge over the Burnside Road according to this website.

This looks like we lose some of the uphill challenges 😛

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Explore a New Park No. 7: Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR

Here is an Oregon State Park in Bandon along the Oregon Coast. 30 minutes away from Coos Bay, Oregon. Bandon was the hub for shipping between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco since 1800.

The lighthouse was built in 1896 and still in good shape. Inside the lighthouse, there is a gift shot and park rangers were working there.

Park features

  • Restroom: yes
  • Gift Shop: yes at the lighthouse
  • lots of parking
  • picnic area: yes
  • beach access: yes
  • No entrance fee

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