up we go–portland aerial tram
The other day I rode the Portland Aerial Tram. Even though it has been a feature of the city skyline since January 29, 2008, it was the first time I had taken the ride to the Oregon Health & Science University in the hills above Portland.
According to the publicity for the Tram, the cabins “travel 3,300 linear feet from South Waterfront to Marquam Hill. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the Tram cabins rise 500 feet during the four-minute trip. Each of the two cabins have a capacity of 79 people, including the operator. The Tram operates load-n-go. If you miss one, expect another in just a few minutes.”
I started at the bottom at the Willamette River where all the machinery was built to take me up and up away. For hikers it is a part of the 4T trail, which I was doing that day. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)
The views from the bubble during the ride up and then back down are wonderfully panoramic. One must, of course, take photographs through the window of the Tram bubble. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)
Looking down on the roof tops is no less exciting. The cars and houses and trees look like realistic toys. (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)