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Mar 1, 2016 - Talking Waters

One of the places I have been going to is Talking Waters in Albany. It is a great place to take a walk, do some birdwatching, and take photos. There used to be a lumber mill and a railroad on site. These have been torn down. Now it is part of a water treatment area. Clean water leaving the water treatment plant is too warm. Talking Waters was developed to cool the water before it is returned to the Willamette River through a series of waterfalls and weirs where the water can be oxygenated and cooled. It is the sound of the waterfalls that...

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Feb 20, 2016 - Albany Carousel

One day this week we went to Albany Oregon to see the Dentzel American Carousel Museum and Workshop. The museum is devoted to Gustav Denzel. It hosts the world’s largest collection of Dentzel carousel pieces. There are several original Denzel horses there. They also have signs and other things from the Denzel works that used to be in Philadelphia. This is a community carousel in progress. It has been funded and supported by the efforts of volunteers grants and donations. It all started by the dream of one woman who borrowed $150 to kick it...

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Jun 19, 2015 - 6/2 - 6/7 Albany, OR

June 2-7, 2015 Albany After a quick stop at the new Camping World store in Eugene we arrived at The Blue OX RV Park in Albany at about 3PM. We shut the engine down while Tom went in the office to to register. When he came back out and started the rig up to go to our assigned parking space we were not able to engage the transmission. After turning the engine off and on and trying several times Tom started calling transmission shops. We tried accessing the transmission diagnostic codes to no avail. Turned out that the closest shop that could...

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Mar 28, 2015 - Saying Goodbye in Oregon

(Note: Although the map says Albany, we are really in Scio Oregon, the other side of I-5.) Scio is too small of a town to be found on this map. Today we had a nice dinner for the family as we pack up and get ready to leave on Monday. My brother Jack's family came out, as did my son Chris's family, at least Daugher in law, Belinda and grandkids. Unfortunately Chris had to have training that day, but glad he is out there saving lives! Our son Jesse came down from Seattle with my other "son" Justin. It was also my nephew's birthday...

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Sep 16, 2014 - Visit with Dad and Cecilia and Vineyard on way back

After a nice lunch and visit with Dad I drove back to McMinnville. The grapes were so ripe on the vines right next to the road, I had to stop and get out my camera. Two different grapes were growing in this vineyard right along the road. Just ahead was the entrance and I had to stop. They were harvesting. Two trucks loaded with big wooden bins of grapes came while I was there. A forklift quickly unloaded the bins, then another forklift picked up the bin and dumped into another bin where an intern, I learned in the tasting room, sorted out...

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RVing Patty

May 29, 2014 - Chalet Truck Camper Factory Tour

Hello Everyone, Today we visited the Chalet Truck Camper Factory in Albany, OR where our camper was made! We got a factory tour, during a shutdown, which enabled us to walk right onto the factory floor and touch/enter the campers under production on the assembly line! It was great being able to look at the inner guts of the same camper we bought (Chalet DS116RB) and see how they framed the superstructure with double stacked aluminum rails filled with wooden blocks for strength and insulation. We even got a quick tour thru their lamination...

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Aug 8, 2013 - NW Region FMCA Rally - Day 69

August 8, 2013...FMCA rally. Because we learned that the new FMCA President Charlie Adcock and his wife, Gloria, would be at the Northwest Regional FMCA Rally in Albany, we drove south on I-5 to Albany. The rally was held at the Linn County Fairgrounds. We had met Charlie and Gloria several years ago at an FMCA rally in Oregon. (They are from Arkansas.) Although we are not from the Northwest region, any FMCA member is welcomed to attend rallies. We decided to visit for awhile and surprise Charlie and Gloria. They were delighted to see us...

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North to Alaska 2013

Jul 22, 2013 - Waiting for the Hartleys

Changed out itinerary, we skipped Washington state to go straight to Albany (near Portland) to await the arrival of my sister LeeAnn and her kids, Ethan and Shea. My kids have been counting the days until their cousins arrive. Drove along 84, which runs parallel with the Columbia River. Very pretty and as we got closer to Portland, we could see Mt. Hood. As we got near the Hood River we saw Wind surfer and Kite surfers. We saw one that was going so fast that we thought it was a jet ski!!! Got to our KOA in Albany Oregon, just outside of...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Oregon Coast Aquarium/Albany, OR

On Friday, the 15th, I went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, just a little way outside the park. I was a little disappointed as it was quite small and I was lucky enough to have seen at least the seals and seal lions in person. So to see them in a tank was almost sad. The shark tank was very interesting as people walk through a tube like structure as the sharks and fish swim around the sides and over the top. Very amazing. And then I got there at feeding time, along with lots of others. This was both interesting and gross!! The...

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Jun 10, 2012 - To Albany, OR

It is a beautiful, sunny day again. Can this be Oregon? We travel north to Newport for breakfast. We have a “favorite” restaurant here. We turn east onto Route 20. In little more than an hour, we are in the Albany/Corvallis region. It is a scenic drive through the forest. We cross the first summit at 337 feet. We cross the second summit at 900 feet. These mountains are not the Rockies. We will disconnect from the trailer and take a day trip tomorrow to Silver Falls State Park. After that, we will head south and west to the Umqua River....

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Jan 23, 2012 - Albany

We stayed Two nights at the Blue Ox RV park. It was a nice park located on the east side of Albany to Lebanon. We were able to visit with Loren and Kathleen Koller and of course get in a few games of cards. They hosted us and provided excellent meals. The hospitality was great and we had such a good time. We were also able to have lunch with Mike, Margi's brother, at the Calapooia Brewery, we had a great lunch and good time visiting with him. On Monday we were surprised when Ken and Connie made it all the way down to Albany and met us...

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Roper Adventures

Oct 7, 2011 - Historic Albany & Covered Bridges

Albany is a cute little town in the middle of the Willamette Valley, close to the college town of Corvallis, home of the Oregon State Beavers. Folks around here take their college football seriously. There is a game tomorrow and Albany is full of orange shirted fans driving around with orange flags flapping from windows. We opted for more budget oriented accomodation here and are at the Holiday Inn on the edge of town, relatively cheap and cheerful. Not very convenient to the "historic downtown" area but very convenient for hitting the...

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