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Getting Around

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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New Car Share

It’s been about two and a half years now since we’ve owned our own car and it actually keeps getting easier and more convenient.  The latest addition is Reach Now, a car share service run by BMW.  It works just like Car2Go, the Smart Car service we’ve used for two years now.  So Reach Now … Continue reading »

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Audi A6 Drive

I took another drive out through the Oregon desert on the east side of the Cascades.  It’s about three and a half hours from Portland to Yakima, Wa, through the Yakima Nation reservation.  It was a cool day, in the low 70’s and crystal clear in all directions. I got to the rental car place … 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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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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new vehicle

Since I have a regular commute again, I decided to go ahead and replace the bike that got stolen last year. I found a comfortable hybrid bike that fits me well and is a lot faster than the old bike was. I’ve been riding it to work for a week now, and this is by … 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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Solo trip to Chicago

It’s been about ten years since I visited Chicago, so it was nice to get back out there, even if just for an overnight solo trip.  It is a great city; big, busy and of course, very windy. This was the first time in a year that I’ve traveled, lodged and eaten at someone else’s … 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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Teen Freedom

Well, we reached a cool milestone here recently.  Of course we’re all traveling on the trains and buses, but now Tate is making solo trips home from school.  11 miles between towns, and he’s able to do it alone without needing to drive.  He just has his bus pass, house key and a cell phone … 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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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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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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The cars

I took a few more car pictures on my walks and rides through town, and below are the last of those pictures I took.  Then I decided to stop taking pictures for a while, there are just so many cool cars out here.  now I’ve been just looking at them when I pass, stopping for … 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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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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Bike Locks

I have U Locks on our remaining bikes now.  U Locks are better than cables and it looks like they are about equal to good quality hardened steel chains with big locks.  I still think the best deterrent is to just have a crappy looking bike and lock it up better than the rest of … Continue reading »

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First full week in PDX

Today is Friday, the end of our first full Friday to Friday week here.  We arrived last Wednesday and spent the next two days lugging our remaining housewares up to the apartment.  After that final push into the apartment, we’ve been pretty settled.  Kelly is always so good at making our new places feel like … Continue reading »

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Joe’s 40th bday sunset ride

Yesterday was my wonderful hubby’s bday – his 40th!!!! For his birthday, I gave him a spectacular view of the sunset along a bike path skirting the banks of the Willamette River. Joe’s bday last year was the weekend we put our house on the market to get ready for this crazy adventure heading West. … Continue reading »

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Mount Tabor Ride

I think my hubby is trying to kill me!! He got a wild hair to ride to Mt. Tabor Park (one of only 2 volcanoes within city limits in the country, and a park since 1909) to get a good view of Mt. Hood. After I got a big pot of red beans cooking (bringing the … Continue reading »

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Mt Tabor

Kelly and I rode to Mount Tabor on our bikes.  It was about four miles and mostly at a slight incline with a few big hills.  Fun ride but difficult.  We’ll be conditioning more every day and eventually it should be a quick easy ride. The views up there are unbelievable.  The huge trees are … Continue reading »

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Biking Adventures in Portland, take one

Joe and I took our first long bike ride in Portland today. It. Was. Amazing!! We wound up riding past The Moda Center during a Portland/San Antonio playoff NBA basketball game! It was crazy, all the people everywhere, and all of the bikes. I have never seen that many bikes out riding before, unless it … Continue reading »

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Saturday Market

We took the light rail train to two Saturday Markets today.  One was a huge arts market with bands and food and the other was the huge farmers market at Portland State University.  We walked a couple of blocks to the rail line that goes in all four directions from here.  Pretty convenient.  There’s an … Continue reading »

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Long Spring

The spring weather feels like it just keeps getting better.  One blue sky, mild temperature day after another.  I can’t remember the last time I spent this much time outside every day enjoying the weather and enjoying riding my bike.  Four times out on the bike yesterday with various combinations of family and friends. Today … Continue reading »

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This Evening’s Bike Ride

This is one of our almost daily routes.  We go this way to get to Trader Joe’s or to our LSU area favorites; Highland Coffee’s, The Chimes, Parade Grounds or the LSU Lakes.  We have been intending to bring the camera the last several times we went out and today,we remembered to grab it.   … Continue reading »

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March wrapup

A lot has gone on in the last two weeks.  Sometimes it feels like not much is happening, but we actually pack a lot of life into two weeks. I’m settling in to the schedule and pace of the family a little better now.  There is less urgency to get everything accomplished on a tight … Continue reading »

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Getting Around in Miami Beach

The first thing I noticed about getting around Miami Beach was the crosswalks.  They  are clearly marked pedestrian crosswalks at every intersection.  Most intersections have crosswalk signals, clearly indicating when to cross.  At the cross walks without signals, there are signs in the middle of the crossing stating that cars must stop when pedestrians are … Continue reading »

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Miami 2014

Here are some of our pictures We enjoyed our three weeks in Miami.  Staying longer then our typical week made a huge difference.  We got to settle in to a different pace than before, with no rush to visit our favorite places.  Every day was a loosely planned day, just like any other day at home.  … Continue reading »

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And we’re off…

Ok. We have finally started our trip to Miami.  We are one week late, but that’s not too bad considering four out of five of us got pretty sick. Bad cold or flu. It started feeling like groundhogs day. Like we were just going to wake up sick and weak every day forever. Kel kept … Continue reading »

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Safe Crossing?

I’ve lived in the mid-city area (corner of S. Foster and Claycut) for about 6 months now. We moved to this part of town, away from Oak Hills on the other side of town, to transition to a more pedestrian and biking lifestyle. In our old neighborhood, we rode bikes and walked only as a … Continue reading »

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October Walk

The weekend after our anniversary, Kel and I rode our bikes over to her parents neighborhood, took a walk around there, then rode our bikes to the lakes, met up with her parents there, rode around the lakes with them on their new bikes, then Kel and I rode home through City Park and Hundred … Continue reading »

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Early-Fall Sunday

We started the morning with a quick Teal hunt with Tate and Luke over a flooded rice field in Welsh, LA at Field’s’s farm. This is the second annual hunt with former MBA classmates and kids. I didn’t have all the gear I needed for the hunt this year since I’ve given so much of … Continue reading »

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Down to one car…

…we gave away the Explorer this weekend. That makes today the first day of our one-car experience. We’ve been talking about it for a while and now we’re here. Yikes! I’m glad to have been able to give it to my nephew, Romey, who could really use a car right now since the brakes recently … Continue reading »

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Mid-City Biking

We’ve been thoroughly enjoying the biking here since we moved to this part of town.  We are right in the center of a whole lot of cool destinations here. We’ve biked up towards Tara and Independence park, biked to Whole Foods, and stopped by the library to drop books off.  We’ve gone from the apartment to downtown to … Continue reading »

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