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TRAVEL Oregon

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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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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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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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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Forest Park

Since the afternoons have been so hot this week, we decided to get out to Forest Park early on Saturday morning before the temperature started to climb, to explore some of the trails that we have not been on yet.  The cool morning air felt good, and leaving the house at 7:30, the temp was in … 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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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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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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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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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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Car Collection

On all our slow trips through the Portland neighborhoods, I keep passing some really nice vintage cars so I started a car collection.  It’s a pretty low commitment collection that doesn’t cost me a dime, I don’t need a garage of my own to store these cars and I have no need or desire to … 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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Rylee’s Summer Fun Vlog

Rylee made this vlog at Crater Lake.  It’s funny that the cover photo she used is from our January (Winter) beach time in Miami.  It’s been a year of flipping the seasons for us.  

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Crater Lake

Well, this was another one of those once in a life-time kind of road trips.  I didn’t realize that a successful trip to Crater Lake is a big challenge and a major victory at every milestone. I called to book a room at the 99 year old Crater Lake Lodge for Monday night, with the … Continue reading »

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Rylee’s Fishing Vlog

  Here’s Rylee’s vlog.  

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Fishing at the Trout Farm

A Great Tuesday. Kelly and I left the house at around noon to get some groceries for breakfast and to walk the dog.  After our late breakfast, we headed out to the Rainbow Trout Farm in Sandy, OR right near the base of Mount Hood.  It was grey and misting all day long, not quite … Continue reading »

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Washington Park, Rose Test Garden and Japanese Garden

We woke up this morning and had a great breakfast.  It was the food that Kelly brought home from her job last night.  Some strawberry/rhubarb scones, quinoa salad and some sort of a Moroccan dish.  I probably have the details on the names wrong, but the food was great. Kelly plotted out a bus route … Continue reading »

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Mt Hood

We made it to Mt Hood and Multnomah Falls today. The whole family came along and had a great time, the sky was clear, the weather was mild, we ate well and I talked to my parents and to a long time friend on the phone. A perfect Wednesday. Oh, and Kelly got car sick. … 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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Portland

Day 1 The last leg of this road trip.  A bittersweet time.  We’re all ready to see what Portland is like but we’re enjoying the road trip and hate for it to come to an end.  Rylee even said today that this is the closest our family has ever been.  That makes all the pains, … Continue reading »

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