Matt Wong

The Last Best Summer Ever

Apocalyptic Patios

Gimmee Shelter

Last Supper’s Last Supper

Waterslide Hacks for Adults

Keeping Cool with Booze

Is That Skin Cancer, or Just a Bug?

Portland’s Best Outdoor Summer Concerts

Hiking Highway 26

Corn Doggy Style

In Praise of the Summertime Shame Drink

Portland Finally Has a Mountain Bike Park

Comics Artist, Cyclist, Activist

Our Picks for Pedalpalooza 2017

I think we can all agree that having Donald Trump as president has endangered the lives of most Americans (some more than others). But even worse, he has sucked much of the fun out of daily life, keeping us glued to our news feeds and riding a near-constant emotional roller coaster of fear, exuberance, and loathing. It ain’t right. And while the news of a special counsel being appointed to investigate Trump is certainly welcome information, rest assured it will take some time to arrive at a suitable conclusion, and the president and his sniveling GOP cronies will continue making life as miserable as possible for the rest of us over the coming months.

BUT FUCK IT, RIGHT?

Summer is almost here, and we at the Mercury will be damned if Trump is going to ruin our good time. That’s why we’re living this summer as if it’s our last, and offering tons of advice so you can do the same! In this issue you’ll learn about the most scenic rooftops (from which to view the coming mushroom cloud), one of Oregon’s most prepared survivalists (who also happens to be Black), and if that mark on your arm is skin cancer or just an ant. BUT there’s lots of uplifting and fun stuff as well, such as the best summer music festivals, frozen alcoholic treats, water slides, and corn dogs! You’ll also find this year’s Pedalpalooza guide tucked within these pages, and not even Trump can ruin that level of crazy fun!

So go ahead and get started with the Mercury’s Last Best Summer Ever guide... because you only live once, right?