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Mar 2, 2019 - NE Emerson House Basement for rent

Newly rebuilt basement with separate entrance, appliances including washer and dryer full kitchen etc. Early April move in date. Candidates must be environmentally, socially conscious and employed and/or in school. Cats are negotiable. $999 month, $1100 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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Nov 5, 2018 - NE Loft for rent, 235 NE Emerson St.

Newly rebuilt loft with separate entrance, kitchenette, with access to washer/dryer Nov 1st move in date/flexible Candidates must be environmentally, socially conscious and employed and/or in school. Cats are negotiable. $1000 month, $1100 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 $600 security deposit. • Quiet Neighborhood with Garden Space and fenced yard with free range chickens and play structure. • Easy walk...

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Sep 10, 2018 - Gotta Do the Trolley Tour!

Caitlyn’s last day before heading back. We took a trolley hop on/hop off sightseeing tour that left from Pioneer Courthouse Square. Were hoping to catch the 10 AM trolley but turns out they were sold out until noon. We got a coffee at the Starbucks that was right there, then Caitlyn went back into Nordstrom’s while I eavesdropped on a walking tour that was passing through the Square. I’d actually never heard of a hop on/off tour “selling out” but it worked out okay in the end. We ended up taking the tour twice. The first time around we...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Quirky Portland

Rolled out of Bellingham a bit after 8. Originally considered stopping at Mt Saint Helens on the way to Portland but after looking at it last night decide not to. It was an hour off of I-5 and it appeared as if the visitor’s center was still several miles from the volcano, which makes sense but I decided it wasn’t worth the trip just to read about it when I could do that on my own. After a quick stop for lunch we arrived in Portland around 1. First stop was the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. Spent an hour or so walking...

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Jul 8, 2018 - The dark side of Portland

Portland, OR This was our 3rd trip to Portland over the years. We had been looking forward to the stop this time. We have, however, been less than enthralled with what we have seen. In the past, we had really enjoyed the downtown where it felt safe and was very clean. That is no longer the case. The streets are dirty and littered. There are a lot of homeless wandering or loitering and camping out right on the sidewalks. At first we thought it was just the downtown area that had deteriorated. Not so. We are seeing it everywhere. Our hotel is...

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Jul 7, 2018 - Saturday Market

Portland, OR The Portland Saturday Market is an outdoor arts and crafts market. It is the largest continuously operated outdoor market in the US. The Market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Portland, drawing an estimated one million people and annual sales of ten million. We think many come just for the food. Every nationality possible has a food stand. The smells are marvelous. There is an interesting place just on the edge of the Market. It is a little hole in the wall and has huge lines going down the block at any time...

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Jul 6, 2018 - Japanese Garden

Portland, OR According to the Ambassador of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.” The Japanese Garden is quite near the Portland Rose Garden but sits even higher up the hillside. In fact, one has quite a view of the city and Mount Hood from the garden. There are 12 acres with 8 separate garden styles and an authentic Tea House. The gardens are each asymmetrical and very tranquil. Japanese gardens use 3 elements in every design: stone, the “bones” of the...

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Jul 5, 2018 - OMSI

Portland, OR We started the day with the Oregon Zoo. It was founded in 1888, making it the oldest North American zoo west of the Mississippi. It is an excellent zoo, well laid out and beautifully landscaped. So many zoos are mostly concrete. This zoo incorporates the native forest setting right into the zoo. The zoo has many natural arbors to provide shade from the sun, protection from the rains, and shelter from the winter winds and snow. It is truly an all-season zoo. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has a variety of...

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Jul 4, 2018 - Roses, roses, roses

Portland, OR A quote from Shakespeare, "Of all flowers methinks a rose is best" set the theme for our day. The International Rose Test Garden has over 10,000 rose bushes of approximately 650 varieties. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June – lucky us! It is really hard to understand how many roses there are in the gardens without experiencing it. The garden is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the US. In 1915 city officials decided to institute a rose test garden to serve as a...

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Jul 3, 2018 - Historic Columbia River Highway

Portland, OR The Historic Columbia River Highway is an approximately 75-mile-long scenic highway, built through the Columbia River Gorge between 1913 and 1922. It was the first planned scenic roadway in the US. It was also the first asphalt road in Oregon, designed with gradual horseshoe curves to avoid steep grades. We endeavored to follow that scenic byway as we made our way toward Portland. We were thwarted, however. In September, a 15-year old boy started the Eagle Creek Fire by igniting fireworks during a burn ban. On November 30,...

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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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