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Jul 5, 2013 - Two neat adventures on July 5

Our last day at our Portland/Salem campsite in Tualatin, we decided to check out other campgrounds for possible sites for next year. Dan and I had seen a billboard sign for Aurora Acres just down Interstate 5 from our exit. So off we went. Aurora Acres was acres and acres of half dismantled old rvs, with flat tires, discarded parts and other signs of home...for people permanently there due to financial distress. We quickly figured we were in the wrong acres and left. Dan's sister had said that Aurora, the nearby town, was an interesting...

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Jun 28, 2013 - Tualatin, OR and a week at Roamers Rest

Tualatin is a bedroom community of Portland. When my brother was working part-time for the bus company, this was actually one of his routes. ..out to Tualatin and back. We are staying at a great spot called Roamers Rest, which is about 20 minutes south of my brother and 25 minutes north of Dan's sister Jan. We arrived Friday and then went to see him and his wife, Alison. We have been visiting back and forth all week. A highlight was on Saturday, going to one of the open air farmers' markets and getting five dungeonous crabs and fresh salmon...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Wine Region

Carolyn and I drove to the wine region for some tasting, Domaine Serene, and White Rose Estate. Purchased several bottles then went to from Dayton to Dundee and Lunched at the Dundee Bistro. It was a lovely day for an alfresco outing. That evening's entertainment was a block party, a pot luck, Buck holding court on the grill, wine and beer, many of their neighbors, a warm and friendly setting. Being included was bien agréable, as was our entire visit,

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Aug 7, 2012 - Portland & Powel's

After a lazy morning, Buck drove us to Portland where we perused the famous Powell's book store. Louie bought a few books and Carolyn acquired Isabel Allende books; one of her favorite authors. Buck was nice enough to drop us off in front and then pick us up again in front. A very nice gesture. We think dinner consisted of roasted chicken and was the first time we supped in the dining room. During this visit, Carolyn and Brenda spent lots of time going over years ago events.

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Aug 6, 2012 - Quietude

Buck went off to work and Louie spent the day reading while Carolyn and Brenda drove into Portland to visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Buck returned around noon and started his daily garden-watering ritual. This is quite a task because the setting is covered with a variety of growth requiring much attention. It's a lush and beautifully peaceful scene. We spent many hours here. Sort of just, hanging-out. Upon Lan Su visitors return, we had lunch of delicious sliced chicken and wonderful bread and late dinner consisting of pasta A la Brenda...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Portland

Started the day with a breakfast of Brenda's famous scrambled eggs with lots of fruit in attendance. Automobile tour of Portland and Buck gave us a wonderful showing of down town. The ambiance seemed similar to the Village in NYC. Lunch was a surprise at the all famous McCormick's. It was sort of late but just wonderful. We seem to remember a nice dinner of grilled salmon but we're not too sure.

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Aug 4, 2012 - Spruce Goose & Wine

Buck drove us to the air museum to see the famous "Spruce Goose;" awesome. There were lots of other aircraft in a very modern setting. The tour continued through a part of the wine region. After this we went to La-Rambla in McMinnville to have some Tapas and wine. Nice place and the food was very good. At dinner, Brenda made her first attempt at becoming the salad queen with home grown lettuce and lots of interesting add on's. We dined in the garden (see photos above) as we did most of the week.

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Aug 3, 2012 - Boise to Tualatin, OR

We're off early this morning, traveling northwest on I84 to a final destination of Tualatin, Oregon. It's nearly 450 miles so we expect nine hours of travel plus an hour loss entering the Pacific Time Zone. En route, we pass Caldwell, Ontario, and make a stop at Baker City, (We'll return staying overnight on homeward journey.) NW out of Baker City, Is Wallowa-Whitman National Forest to left and Wallowa Mountains on the right. Even though I84 is central to each, the vistas are beautiful. Hilgard Junction snakes through a beautiful canyon...

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Apr 13, 2010 - Tulips Galore

We are in Tualatin, a suburb of Portland, for a few days enjoying having all the stores we need around us and yet we are in an area where we can easily travel to places we want to see. Today we went to a tulip festival at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon. We were fortunate as 90% of the tulips are in bloom. We arrived at the tulip farm around 11 am and walked around much of the 40 acres of tulips. After the flowers bloom, but before the petals fall, the flowers and seed pods are removed to avoid the possibility of disease....

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Oct 24, 2008 - Chinese Gardens

We had another rain-free day but cold day here in Portland. The trees are turning color and quickly losing their leaves. Although very pretty to watch, to us, this means that it is time for us to start heading south before the real rain and cold sets in. Out workamping job ends next week – just in time. This week we took a bus back into Portland one final time to tour the Chinese Gardens and the Portland Art Museum using the free passes from the library. There was a special photograph exhibit on the Columbia River Gorge in the Portland Art...

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Oct 23, 2008 - RV Living - Our Best Purchases

Buy me! No, buy me! RV magazines advertise lots of “must haves” for an RV. Experienced RVERs say that only by actually living in the RV would we really figure out what we need to buy to make our everyday lives comfortable. Before we started our journey, we search various websites to determine what were the ‘must have’. Here is a list of a few of the items we have purchased that really enhanced our RV experience: Verizon Aircard and Phone. We are very pleased with the phone and, specifically, the aircard. There were only a couple of places...

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Oct 19, 2008 - Japanese Gardens

One of the first things we did when we got to the Portland area was take a trip to the library to obtain a temporary library card. If you know Art and me, we love libraries. The Tualatin library is within walking distance of the RV Park and, unlike California libraries which are struggling for funding, this fairly new library is well stocked with books, CD, DVD’s and opened late every day. While there, I noticed that the library offered a series of free “cultural passes” for some of the top sights in Portland. We reserved our free pass and...

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