Some of us will be driving only a short distance to attend our 13th National Conference on Hydrocephalus. Others of us, however, will be flying in from all over the country to meet new and old friends, expand our knowledge of hydrocephalus, and celebrate our community. For those that are travelling, we hope you are able to take a couple of days and explore this wonderful host city for our conference – Portland, Oregon.
Portland is the largest city lying between San Francisco and Seattle, but not as fast paced and with a more laid back feel to it. Portland, however, is still a city just shy of 600,000 people, and as such has quite a few amenities, including an impressive music and arts scene and one of the largest collections of magazine and independent publishers of any city in the nation.
Portland has a lovely blend of historic and modern architecture and many lush parks. Forest Park and Washington Park in the hills west of Downtown offer a variety of plants, trails, and wildlife. Vistas of Mt. Hood and the Willamette River, stately Douglas Fir trees and roses and trees at every turn give the city stunning seasonal color.
Environmentally friendly practices, such as recycling and an extensive public transportation system, are part of the culture in Portland. This fuels many progressive city planning practices, such as an urban growth boundary, which have made Portland a relatively compact city. Unlike most similar-sized metropolitan areas in the country, you can drive 15 miles (24 km) from downtown and be out in the countryside.
Extend your stay and experience one of the many festivals in July.