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Columbia River Gorge

On Saturday June 4, Katrina, Josh and I headed east of Portland to the gorge. We stopped for lunch at Mcmenamins Edgefield which is a 74 acre farm resort with beautiful old buildings. It’s also a brewery, because well everything in Oregon is also a brewery.  We headed out to see amazing waterfall after amazing waterfall. There were so many in succession…

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Countryside and Hazelnuts

On Friday June 2nd, I had settled into a pretty good routine of coffee with Baileys (hey, I was on vacation!) and a long early afternoon walk exploring the neighborhood. Once the Kerley’s got home we headed out to the countryside to visit a friend. There were rows and rows of hazelnut (filbert) trees, apparently Portland is a huge producer…

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Train Day 3

Wednesday June, 7th, I have spent my third night in a row on a train. I woke up asking myself where am I? I had to pull up my map app to find out.  I haven’t posted much in the past couple of days due to very little cell reception.  I have taken two Amtrak routes to completion, the Empire…

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Portland, OR – China Town

Thursday , June 1st, I explored the neighborhood again today with a four mile afternoon walk. Katrina and Josh took me to downtown Portland to the Shangai tunnels after having a drink at the Portland City Grill. These were taken at 5:30 pm, the sun doesn’t set out here until 9pm. Speaking of you feel obligated to go out for…

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Cannon Bch, OR- The Goonies

Today, Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, Was a sleepy & rainy day, I slept late then went to the Oregon coast where they filmed the closing scene (where the pirate ship went to sea) at the Haystack rock on Cannon beach. The water was freezing!! My first trip to the Pacific ocean, hopefully not my last. We ended the trip at…

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Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island

This an ode to Mr. Tom, thanks for the recommendation. On Friday May 26, we took the ferry over to Bainbridge island. So far this has been my favorite thing. We went round trip across the Puget Sound in about an hour. The weather and the view were fabulous! It was 83F and no clouds (except over the distant mountains).…

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Day 1 – Portlandia

First official day of my vacation is in the books. I walked 12k steps while touring the area of Beaverton in a four mile afternoon walk. Everyone seems to be growing amazing flowers and plants in their yards. Then this evening Katrina and I went to the city and walked all over. We had drinks with an appetizer of french…

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Elephant in the Room

My flight from BHM landed early in Denver, however, because of that there was a plane in our gate. We got a new gate pretty quickly but not one of those gate connector thingies of which they apparently do not have enough. We waited about 30 minutes to deplane. Arriving at gate B86, I made a mad dash to B26…

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