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Jun 13, 2018 - June 13

6/12/18 It is 0609 and Ross has been up since 0513. Ross and Marge drove from Redding to Canyonville, Oregon yesterday where they refueled the motorhome at the Seven Feathers fuel station and then moved to the adjacent Seven Feathers RV for an overnight stay. The ride from Redding to Canyonville was uneventful. The sky was clear and the temperature was in the upper 90’s. They checked in at the campground and got settled expecting an uneventful afternoon and overnight stay. However, just after they were ready to set everything up and just...

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May 17, 2018 - Amtrak Transfer in Portland

Thursday...Getting use to the confined space of the ‘roommette’! Enjoying tasty meals, friendly personnel, and interesting passengers...talked to a retired gal whose friend gifted her with a skydiving experience, once was enough𯘳 Crossed into Oregon at 9 am. The views are really amazing, Mountain mist, waterfalls, fast flowing streams, and gorgeous pine trees. Getting into Portland at 4:40 pm. Train delay! After a mad dash from one Amtrak to another (5 minutes to departure time.) we sighed a sigh of relief. Got to our roomette, opened the...

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May 10, 2018 - NE Loft for rent

Newly rebuilt loft with separate entrance, kitchenette, with access to washer/dryer June 1st move in date/flexible Candidates must be environmentally, socially conscious and employed and/or in school. Cats are negotiable. $1100 month, $1200 for 2 people, ALL included utilities, cable and wifi etc. 3 month min then will discuss longer term. $50 background check per person First and 1/2 last month's rent plus $750 security deposit. • Quiet Neighborhood with Garden Space and fenced yard with free range chickens and play structure. • Easy walk...

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May 8, 2018 - Emerson House Basement for rent

Newly rebuilt basement with separate entrance, appliances including washer and dryer full kitchen etc. July 1st move in date. Candidates must be environmentally, socially conscious and employed and/or in school. Cats are negotiable. $1100 month, $1200 for 2 people, ALL included utilities, cable and wifi etc. 3 month min then will discuss longer term. $50 background check per person First and 1/2 last month's rent plus $750 security deposit. • Quiet Neighborhood with Garden Space and fenced yard with free range chickens and play...

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Itchy Feet

May 3, 2018 - PORTLAND!!!!!!

One Week and One Day, 4,500 miles across America by rental car, numerous hotels and more fast food than i would like to admit to . . . WE MADE IT TO PORTLAND!!!!!! Why is that important? Well for no other reason than it is another step closer to our starting point in Astoria, OR. The original plans were to fly to Portland while our bikes were shipped out here. How easy would that have been?? Yes it would have been easy!! However the fact was we had invested time and money to have our new bicycles measured and fitted to each of our needs and...

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Mar 26, 2018 - Land of Portlandia

Fargo, North Dakota describes itself as “north of normal”. Portlandians are fond of the phrase, “Keep Portland Weird”. You can call it weird or WAY north of normal, but no doubt Portland wins the award thus far for being the most “different”. Based on my week’s experience, this is how I would describe Portland... 1. Portlandians are VERY liberal. I always thought Austin was liberal...until I visited Portland. They will protest and rally just about any cause. How do I know? I saw it in their yards, their windows, auto stickers, flags, etc....

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Oct 2, 2017 - the garden city

Portland calls itself the Garden City and the City of Roses. In this temperate climate, it's easy to have a grow things and we visited two of the gardens located near the city center in Washington Park, a huge green area that includes other gardens and the zoo. The Rose Garden has been here since 1917 and part of its mission is to produce and test new varieties of roses. The Japanese Garden models itself after the gardening style favored in the Land of the Rising Sun. We often find the Japanese approach to life challenging to understand and...

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Oct 1, 2017 - headed south

Although we had intended to do our volcano viewing in Washington in a leisurely fashion, the weather forecast encouraged us to be efficient and we were glad we were; the last two days were moist and we used the time for household chores and getting caught up on reading. Things are about to improve so we head two hours south to Portland to meet with friends before we return to the national park circuit. Portland is smaller than we thought with only 600,000 people, so while people complain about the traffic here, it seemed inconsequential to...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Portland Airport

We drove Vickie and Sam back to Portland today for their 8:30 PM flight. We stopped in Depot Bay for a bit of whale watching and shopping on the way back. We had a great lunch at the Sea Hag Restaurant, it was delicious. We have been eating a LOT of fish lately, with Sam catching a 30-pound cod plus Jerry and Sam catching 17 more fish between them, we have a packed freezer. :-) I am also adding pictures from our picnic at the beach the day before taking them to the airport and a few other pictures from our fun with the family outings. I...

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Jul 10, 2017 - Leaving Portland on the train

July 10, 2017 A little more leisurely morning with the only real time crunch being getting to breakfast before 9:30am. After that, we spent some time packing and cleaning up. After checking out at noon, we walked the 15 minutes to Union Station, arriving way too early. We didn't have anything else we really wanted to do in Portland so we sat in the lounge provided for sleeper car people. At 1:45, we were able to board and found out that lunch was still available! We hadn't counted on that but were happy for it. We are in the same car but...

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Jul 9, 2017 - Waterfalls and Karma

July 9, 2017 The kids did a pretty good job of getting up early and getting to breakfast. We were out the door before 8am for our 15 minute walk to the Pioneer Square area to catch our tour bus. We arrived early enough to get first seats! The tour left promptly at 8:30am. Our guide/driver was Miss May, probably in her late 60's & a native Oregonian who's been driving bus for years; school bus during the school year and tour bus during the summer. Our group had 35 in it. The tour was to be back at 1:15pm. We were off to see the Columbia...

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Jul 8, 2017 - VOoDoO Victory!

What a beautiful day in Portland! It was sunny, mild and nice day to be out and about. We started out with a great breakfast at the hotel and then headed out for the Portland Saturday Market--an outdoor arts & crafts market. In fact, it's the oldest continually operating outdoor market in the US. All the items sold are supposed to be handmade by the seller. It's pretty overwhelming! There are about 400 vendors. We walked thru the market for about an hour. We did find a booth with clever items made out of recycled utensils; besides jewelry...

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