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Family Time

Back to Germany

We finally made it to Germany again.  It’s been ten years since I’ve been, 19 for Kelly, and first time for the kids.  Germany is like a life time capsule for me since I spent so much time there when I was young.  And going there in ten year increments really puts a spotlight on … Continue reading »

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Busy Summer

I’ll keep it short, just to get a journal entry in… Work has been insane busy.  This is a good thing in the consulting business, especially following a slow stretch.  Busy bidding work, designing projects, and dealing with staff changes.  Fun times though.  The work is interesting and challenging, and I have a great office … Continue reading »

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The 1905 Project

Well, we bought the duplex, moved into one side of it, and rented the other side to a great set of folks we have met and known now for two years. This is a massive project since the entire building is a fixer upper.  Fortunately the rented side has been refurbed already though, so that … Continue reading »

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Gone

Mom died this morning. It happened so quickly, but we fortunately had a few days to visit and say goodbye last week.  So many conflicting emotions, memories and what if’s.  Can’t really prepare for this actually happening. Unbelievable. A lifetime of interactions and moments shared, all coming back, along with acceptance that there won’t be … Continue reading »

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Miami 2017

I’m off to Miami today… Thursday morning. Unbelievable. Mom went from apparently healthy to hospice in 11 weeks. It can happen fast. Another consistent reminder, if there is something that you want to do or say, move it up. Everyone is coming together to visit and to support. So many memories flood back at times … Continue reading »

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Enjoy The Good Days

My work took me to Honolulu for a week to work with the utility company in Oahu.  The project came up suddenly, but we were able to also swing having the family come along.  It was a very interesting trip, getting familiar with a utility company that is isolated on a very small island and not interconnected with … Continue reading »

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Strange Winter

It has been unusually icy and snowy this winter.  Portland typically has mild winters and only a little snow every few years.  This year, however, it has snowed several times already, and this last time, it snowed for about 24 hours straight, and there was a foot of snow covering everything.  Unfortunately, the city is … Continue reading »

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Trillium Lake Snowshoeing

I’ve been waiting for a good day to go out and check out all the snow the mountain has been having this season.  A good day means the rare clear blue, rain free day, a day where Kelly was free and a day where I could break away from work commitments. So I picked up … Continue reading »

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Lost Lake

I was able to snag a couple of nights in the big cabin, cabin #7, at Lost Lake Resort, about an hour and 45 minutes from home, just north of Mt. Hood.  I booked it a couple of months ago and all of the early summer weekends were already booked, so we took a Monday and … Continue reading »

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Horsetail Falls/Columbia River Gorge

Horsetail falls off of exit 35 from I-84, a short 45 minute drive from home.  

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Rockaway Beach/Seaside/Astoria, Oregon Coast, April 2016

Trip to the Oregon Coast for a short family vacation.  Pictures here. Trip to the Oregon Coast for a short family vacation.  Pictures here.

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Portland Area/Columbia River Gorge Hiking

This spring I’ll be exploring the Hiking Trails of the Columbia River Gorge and other Mt. Hood area outdoor activities. The forests, waterfalls and trails in the area offer scenery that is as good as any in the world. Thick, green, fragrant, secluded pine forests with well mapped-out, unending trails that connect to the Pacific … Continue reading »

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Camp Creek Campground

The campsites close to town fill for the whole season of weekends pretty early in the year, but about six weeks ago, I was able to reserve a site at Camp Creek Campground for this weekend.  It was the best camping trip ever, but then again, every trip is the best one. The Mt.Hood forest … Continue reading »

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Mt. Hood National Forest

We live so close to the Mt.Hood National Forest that it was easy to take a loosely planned drive out there this weekend.  The sky was clear so it was a good day to get out to the Timberline Lodge to get a bird’s eye view of the area. The lodge is about an hour … Continue reading »

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Back to the Redwoods

We made our second trip down to the redwoods.  Second for me, Rylee and Luke but first for Kelly and Tate.  Kelly and Tate didn’t get to go with us the last time, but it it definitely an experience they had to share.  It’s a short drive down into Northern California to see the tall … Continue reading »

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Oregon Caves National Monument

The first stop on the road trip was the Oregon Caves down in Cave junction in central Oregon.  This was about five hours from Portland and is part of the National Park System so it’s very well maintained and staffed with Park Rangers.  This was one of my favorite stops and I plan to go … Continue reading »

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1700 Mile Drive: Oregon, California & Nevada

We took another long road trip last week with seven stops in three states.  It was a very active trip with an agenda to keep all the stops and activities organized since the plan covered a lot of ground.  We’ve all had a lot of leisure over the past year, so none of us were … Continue reading »

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Wildwood Trail – Forest Park

I’ve been craving a forest hike lately and Kelly has been looking to get back out to the Rose Garden before it’s too late to see the roses in bloom, so this past weekend we made it out to a short section of the Wildwood Trail between the Washington Park Zoo and the Rose Garden. … Continue reading »

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Zip Car

I joined the Zip Car car sharing service last week, so I have another part time, on-demand driving option now.  Zip Car is similar to the Car2Go in that there is an app on my phone where I can search for a car close by, reserve it, and drive it for as long as I … Continue reading »

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May

May in Portland is great.  It’s about 55 degrees every night, about half the days are blue sky, and it rarely gets above 70 in the afternoon.  Sometimes it feels like it’s getting to be routine, but mostly I still feel like every day is a vacation out here. I’ve biked to work every day … Continue reading »

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April

The primary event of this month has been Rylee’s broken leg. Today she goes to the orthopedic doc for her four week follow up, to take the long-leg-cast off, get an out of cast x-Ray, then decide on treatment going forward. She’s been brave through the process of her accident, denial of the injury and … Continue reading »

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Baton Rouge Visit

We made it back home for the holidays.  I haven’t been there since May 1st, so being back was interesting and brought back lots of memories of a great, long, free spring there at home with my family before we left. This was the first time I have ever spent a week there while sleeping … Continue reading »

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Boston with Tate

Thanks to Kelly booking us a couple of multi-city airline tickets, Tate and I were able to make it out to Boston for a week before meeting Kelly, Rylee and Luke in Baton Rouge for the holidays.  Tate wanted to go to Boston to meet an internet friend, and I wanted to go out there … Continue reading »

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November

November is another big milestone month.  The last significant one for me was getting into august, the half way point of the year away from work.  These milestones make me really stop and think, and we’ve passed several of these interesting inflection points this year. November has its place here because it marks the end … Continue reading »

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6 months in Portland

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in Portland for 6 months!!  Every time I cross the Willamette River, and take in the scenes of this beautiful city, I want to pinch myself.   I remember finishing loading up the u-haul for the cross country trip, thinking, “what in the heck are we doing?!  This is … Continue reading »

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My multi-modal life:

For the first time in my 40 years on this earth, I live in a city where a multi-modal lifestyle is a reality.  Modal refers to our choice of transportation while everyday living, such as grocery shopping, commuting to work, extracurricular activities, etc .  Multi-modal means using multiple forms of transportation on a regular basis. … Continue reading »

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Village Home

A few weeks after we came to Portland, Joe and I went to check out the Village Home Resource Center. We rode our bikes to the NE Portland campus. As soon as we got there, and I saw moms and kids picnicking in the parking lot, children running around barefoot, some toddlers shirtless, and moms … Continue reading »

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Car Free

We sold the van this week since we were only using it for our once a month road trips.  The rest of the time the van sat out on the street with no purpose. It’s been a year already since we went down to one car.  We have never missed the second car and it’ll … Continue reading »

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Six Months

Mid August marked the six month milestone for my year off.  I spent the first quarter of the year at home in Baton Rouge enjoying my city with a new level of freedom that was a good transition into this experimental year.  We spent the second quarter mostly traveling and planning all the logistics around … Continue reading »

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South Beach State Park, Oregon

We drove three hours from Portland down to Newport to the South Beach State Park for a two night camping trip.  Kelly coordinated this trip for us through the local unschool group that had this trip planned, possibly an annual trip with them. The drive down to central Oregon is a very nice drive.  Lots … Continue reading »

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Seattle

We had a window this week to get in a short trip to Seattle, so we got on the Amtrak here in Portland and took the 3.5 hour ride up the coast.  It’s nice to have a train right here for a quick run to another big city for $34 per adult, each way.  And … Continue reading »

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California with Rylee and Luke

The redwoods have to be seen in person to be appreciated.  The pictures can’t describe walking through an old growth forest of 3000 year old trees.  It was a real gift getting to do this with two of my little kids.  Tate is already choosing to do his own thing mostly, so Kelly stayed home … Continue reading »

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Cannon Beach at Dawn

We left the apartment this morning at 4:00 am to make it to Cannon Beach for the 5:30 am low tide.  Low tide is the only time that it’s possible to walk all the way out to the Haystack rock, touch it, see all the wildlife in the tide pools, and get pretty close to … Continue reading »

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Warp Speed

We’ve been on the go a lot over the last two weeks so it’s been a bit of blur, but I’ll try to capture some of what we did. The first week, Kelly I took a bus out to see Cathedral Park one evening.  I thought it would be just a bridge viewing trip that … Continue reading »

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Rylee’s Room Tour

I’ve been enjoying seeing some of the kids’ older videos on their abandoned YouTube channels.  Their videos are like little time capsules of where we were when they made them.  It’s fun seeing the world through their eyes.  Luke showed me some old ones today that he and Tate made a few years back and … Continue reading »

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Forest Park

We made a quick run out to Forest Park on Tuesday.  Rylee and Kelly came along, Tate and Luke stayed home.  We used the extremely convenient public transportation system and rode the bus.  The #77 bus runs every 15-20 minutes at the bus stop two blocks from our apartment and, after a 20 minute meandering … Continue reading »

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Two weeks with my boys

I have just had a great and interesting two week stretch with my boys. Tate, Luke and I have been home together without Kelly and Rylee, since the girls went back to Baton Rouge for two weeks.  This is the first time that we’ve ever spent this long of a stretch together exclusively.  I had … Continue reading »

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A week in the neighborhood

We didn’t take any family road trips this week, but Kelly and Rylee flew back to Baton Rouge for 15 days so Rylee could spend time with the friends she misses from home.  But before they left, we spent a great week in our local area. We wake up every morning to cool air coming … Continue reading »

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