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Sep 26, 2017 - Pendleton to Home

What a great road trip this was. In thirty days we visited thirteen states. Traveled 5975 miles, burned 715 gallons of diesel (8.3 MPG) and averaged $16 per night for lodging. We are already planning another trip for next year. What made this trip so good for us was absolutely NO schedule to meet. We stayed as long as we wanted and changed destinations several times. Foot Loose and Fancy Free you might say! Thanks for being part of our adventure!

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May 7, 2017 - A week in Salem

So, we were here for about a week to deal with replacing some tires on the coach (no sales tax in Oregon helps), and to visit cousins and my college girlfriend. When we arrived, we learned our friends Judy & Roger were staying on the coast in Newport, and they were making a Costco run to Albany. So, we met them at Sizzler in Albany for lunch and had a great time catching up with their adventures. They have decided to summer on the Oregon Coast the last couple years and visit children and travel in the winter. Larry has been wanting to buy...

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Sep 25, 2016 - Salem, Oregon

Friday and Saturday was spent visiting our ex-neighbors and we had a great time with each of them. It was our loss because one could not have found better neighbors than they were for us. We left Pyuallup at 0730 because we were hoping that an early start on a Sunday would be the best time for a minimum of traffic. We were correct and traffic from Pyuallup to Salem traffic was light to medium. We had medium to heavy through Portland but the traffic never slowed below the speed limit. As we left Pyuallop the sky was overcast and it was...

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Jul 15, 2016 - Oregon's state Capitol building

We mentioned to someone that we were going to visit the Oregon's state capitol building. That person said she thought their capitol was ugly. Ugly isn't a word we'd use, just not quite as elaborate as some capitol buildings we've seen. There are five capitol buildings in the United States done in the Art Deco style. Oregon is one of those five. It has been described as "stripped classical." It features simple adornment with functional entrances and stark surfaces rather than grand staircases and ornate decoration that other capitols have....

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Jun 5, 2016 - Salem, Oregon

Today we left Seven Feathers around 1000 and arrived in Salem, Oregon around 1300. The weather is warm and sum what muggy. The sky is clear and the traffic was moderate. The roads were average to fair with a bit of good rolled in. The first 50 to 70 miles had little to no wind but the last 100 plus miles there was a good tailwind. The local weather report is calling for unusually warm temperatures for this time year to continue and there is little to no chance of rain in the near future. We are here in Salem for two nights at the Phoenix RV...

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May 4, 2016 - Premier RV Resort of Salem

This was a short trip from Eugene to Salem. We are staying in another Premier RV Resort. They are so clean, well-maintained and comfortable. It's just too bad they aren't all over the U.S. Our site is #151 and it backs up to a berm next to the Willamette River. We took a walk down to the river and Tim tried his luck fishing which turned out to be no luck at all. On the drive as we came into Linn County, there was a sign naming Linn County the Grass Seed Capital of the World. For miles as we rode there were acres and acres of fields of...

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Aug 31, 2015 - Oregon State Fair

We spent all day at the fair that is within easy walking distance of Dorothy's house - we save paying for parking. There was alot to see including some very fancy decorated cakes, at dogtown the dogs were jumping into the pool and being judged on the length of the jump. We saw horses, cows, goats, lambs, pigs, turkeys, etc. There was a extensive vendor area and we saw just about everything one could imagine. The day was perfect, clear blue skies, better than Friday would have been even though we had to pay the full $6 fare to get in. We sat...

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Aug 30, 2015 - Oregon Coast

The weather in Salem was terrible, raining and overcast and cool. Dorothy and Larry wanted to go to the coast - said the weather was always good there if bad inland, so Ray drove out Hwy 22 past fields, orchards, wineries then through the forested Coast mountains to get to Neskowin where Dorothy and Larry usually go for vacation. The trees were preserved along the roadway and are very tall. In Neskowin we walked the beach off the condo they stay in and saw Proposal Rock which is very large. A woman was throwing a stick to her dog who ran in...

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2015 Eagle trip

Aug 29, 2015 - Deepwood and Gordon House

Dorothy and I went out touring today - Ray stayed home in the Eagle and it was overcast and rainy so he wasn't able to take this day off for golf. Obie and Reggie appreciated it. We first went downtown to see Deepwood which is an 1894 victorian mansion with beautiful gardens. There was a wedding taking place so we missed the gardens, it was rainy anyway and took the 1 hour mansion tour from a very informative guide who discussed much of the architecture of the home. We were glad that Larry and Ray had opted out as we enjoyed the length of...

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Aug 28, 2015 - Bobs Red Mill and the end of the Oregon Trail

Bob's Red Mill has a location with the store and restaurant and a separate location of the plant. We arrived early so we checked out the store that is a bakers dream - all of their products are on display in bags and then in bulk as well. Flours, cereals, baked goods, etc. It was hard to figure out all I wanted to buy but I did settle on vital wheat gluten, rye flour and buckwheat flour. We went into Dave's Killer breadstore that is just across the parking lot and I bought a loaf of the blue cornmeal bread to try. We then took the factory...

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Aug 27, 2015 - RV aircraft plant and Aurora Colony

We found that the Aurora Colony and the RV plant are only a mile apart and were able to get both in easily. First we stopped at the site of the Aurora Colony that was established in 1856 as a communal Christian community by German emigrants. There were several buildings on site, a good video about the movement and artifacts brought to the colony. The highlight was a music box that was sent to one of the women from Switzerland that had drums, castonets as well as the metal drum and was really something. Many of the original homes are still...

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Aug 12, 2015 - More Water, Rocks, and a couple of Lighthouses

We traveled from Brookings, OR to Lincoln City on RT 101 and then went to Salem, the capital of Oregon. It was a cloudy day to start but cleared up when we turned east. There was a fire burning close to Port Orford. Along the way today we did see some interesting scenes even if not clear for good photos. There were seals, whales, and some more retro old hippies. I get the biggest laugh out of watching people try and relive their youth. I had to stop and see a covered bridge and how it was constructed. Didn't have the arch trusses like so...

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