The Brewfest and Portland

While in Portland, we did what people do when in Portland when there is a Brewfest going on, or even when there is not a Brewfest going on. We rode the MAX from the hotel to downtown, and saw interesting people.
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We ate Brunch at food trucks
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we went to the Brewfest where there were many people
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we sampled brews and decided what we should sample next.
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Then Kat’s sock creature/Facebook friend who she had never met in person before picked us up
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and took us to a little Argentinian restaurant somewhere in Portland
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for an amazingly delicious lunch.
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After which she took us to her home so we could meet her chickens. Minerva is having a grumpy period and was wishing we would just go away and leave her alone
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but Alice was a bit more social and did not object to being picked up for cuddling.
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We headed back downtown, where we wandered about a bit, then went looking for a place for dinner. Apparently the first night I was more interested in getting seated and eating than I was in documenting, so we will just pretend that it didn’t happen. The second night we found a restaurant listed in Yelp that sounded good – we opted for Chinese – and while looking for it got a bit silly.
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I’m pretty sure that was a result of extreme hunger. We discovered the first “restaurant” was a food truck, but we wanted sit-down food, so we wandered to Chinatown
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where we ate our fill and headed back to the hotel. You know how it is with Chinese food – combined with having an early dinner – so Gep ordered a Papa John pizza later in the evening which we devoured before we fell into our beds to sleep the night away.

I am skipping around here, but there is more of our days in Portland to share so we will bounce back from our last night to earlier times, but that’s for another post. Or two.

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This is Not How an Adventure Should Begin

I believe it should not go this way. I believe it should be all smooth sailing, no problems, whiz up the highway and get to the destination, smiling and laughing all the way. I believe an adventure should not start this way.
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But the thing about life is that it doesn’t always go the way I believe it should go. The way I want it to go. So, we have this little added story to our adventure. The story that changed our five-hour trip to a ten-hour trip. Yep, that kind of story. The good thing is I have AAA, and we were close enough to home that I know the person they dispatched. The good thing is it did not take him too long to get there, and he knew what to do. The good thing is the car has a compressor built in, so we were able to bring the air in the spare tire (the good thing is we had a spare tire) up to the appropriate level. The good thing is my AAA membership just payed for itself with this one call.

This little added adventure required a slight rerouting for our trip, and after we got to the city where the tire company is and got a new tire – discounted for the wear that remained on the tire because they called it a road hazard (another good thing), we headed north. But not to Alaska. Just north via a route I had not traveled before. So there was new scenery to see, like Mount Hood way in the distance.
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And cloudy skies over a pine forest.
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Getting closer to Portland, where the sun parted the clouds to shine on some of the hills.
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Arriving at our hotel. Or what we thought was our hotel. But was not, because our hotel had the same name, but was not at the airport in Portland but was in Gresham. Back on the road again. We arrived at our hotel – this time the right hotel, where we checked in and made it to our room. At 8:30 p.m., not 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., as originally planned.
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Lest you take the “executive” part of the name of this room too seriously, let me tell you it is a nice room. It has a kitchenette with coffee pot (thank goodness!) and a small refrigerator and microwave. It has a king-size bed, where the Kat and I shall slumber, and a loveseat that opens into a bed, where Gep shall slumber. With his feet hanging over the end, because he is a long body fitting onto a not-so-long sofa bed. But he says it will work. We like that it will work.

Then to dinner, where we felt a beer was justified and was definitely appreciated. We are in our room now, the Kat already in the bed – she said she missed her nap today – and Gep and I are thinking that time will arrive soon.
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Tomorrow we shall find the MAX station and head downtown Portland to the waterfront, where we will join those who are enjoying the beer fest. The reason we are here, Gep and Kat have advised. We plan to meet Kat’s sock creature maker friend for lunch, so they can meet face to face rather than Facebook to Facebook.

It will be a grand day. We shall enjoy every moment of it. It will be enough.

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 28

I’ve been haphazard about blogging of late, including Cee’s World-Sharing adventures.

1. Have you ever been a participant in a parade? What did you do? I don’t recall ever having been in a parade, but if I were to participate I would like to be the brightest flower in the bouquet carried by the princess.

2. If you were handed free opera tickets, would you go or sell them? Why? I don’t know. I have never been to an opera, but I have a good friend that loves them. I would probably go just to experience it.

3. Why did you start your blog? I originally started my blog when husband and went on a road trip to keep up with family and friends. It replaced emails to each and every person I wanted to keep up with. It has changed since then – I have changed since then – life has changed since then. Now the main reason to blog is to participate in this wonderful bloggy world, to express my thoughts, my feelings, my joys, my frustrations – my life.

4. What is your favorite tradition? (family tradition, church tradition, whatever) My times with my kids – our holiday get-togethers, our summer get-togethers.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? The arrival of my kids for our summer get-together. Spending time with them during this week and the next.
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Shall we Frolic by the Sea?

Dogs stacked in the back seat, we made our way from the too-hot east side of the Cascade Mountains to the west side of the mountains, where there is the marvelous Oregon coast. My Gep and Kat, the Artistic One and me, with our menagerie – 3 dogs. The Artistic One’s Zoey is a wee dog, and sat in the seat with her mother and me.
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We arrived at our temporary residence, where it is much, much cooler, not as sunny, but refreshing and with great sound effects – those waves crashing on the sandy shore sing the song of peace and harmony. The view is from our upper deck, which is about 50 feet from the sandy beach.
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After bringing in our needed supplies – some clothing, dog food, and lots of electronic devices, we claimed our bedrooms and climbed the few stairs to the gathering room upstairs – which has a windowed wall facing the ocean and a door to the deck. Gep brought his guitar and plucked some strings and the Artistic One showed him digital images

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Kat relaxed in a comfortable chair, iPad close at hand (methinks she may have been conversing with a friend from Chile)

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and, in a little while, she fixed a snacky buffet dinner – french bread, pepper and cheddar cheeses, salted salami, goat cheese on which Gep poured olive oil and Balsamic vinegar, tangerine slices, strawberries, wine and beer.

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After filling our tummies and licking our chops, we took the girls for a walk on the beach. The big girls hung together investigating while Zoey ran circles around them and did not stand still long enough to be captured by a too-slow photographer.
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We returned from our walk a bit chilled, but certainly refreshed, and felt a need to carry a glass of wine to the deck, wrapped in warm blankets. Well, at least two of us did.

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Which was followed by a rousing session of jigsaw puzzle for those two of us. Then to bed for a good night’s rest.

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This morning brought us a bit of sunshine, lazy time with morning coffee and then off for the day of touring. But we’ll talk about that another time. Maybe tomorrow. We’ll see. It depends, you know.

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 26

Made it! Barely – but before the next week challenge is issued, so I think that counts.

1. Is your refrigerator, organized or a mess inside? I’m glad Cee didn’t ask if my refrigerator is spotless inside. It’s organized quite well, although that does require constant redoing, but it’s not spotless.

2. If you could be famous for one thing, what would it be? Making people happy, I guess. I’m not at all sure I’d like to be famous, but I do like it when people around me are happy. And I do like it when those of you who read my blog like it.

3. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? Take a ride in a hot air balloon. Take a road trip through western Europe. Go rafting on a river.

4. Where do you eat breakfast? In my morning room, when I eat breakfast at all. I eat when I’m hungry, and some days that doesn’t happen until lunch time.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week one late afternoon Shasta let out a yelp and then limped in to me – I didn’t see what happened, but apparently she jumped off the bed and pulled a muscle. I am grateful that after a couple of anti-inflammatory pills (Bailey shares) and a day or two, she returned to her normal self. Without a trip to the vet. This coming week I look forward to my kids arriving for their summer visit.

A gallery of photos now – more from our trip a couple of weeks ago – a couple of pretty flowers, one fluffy one frilly; a couple of puppies, one swimming, one watching; a couple of interesting lichens on trees; and a happy frog on a window.

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Life Gets Busy

You know how when you’re still working, you dream of the time you’ll retire, when you’ll have so much time to do what you want? I remember when I thought that. In fairness, I do have a good deal of time to do what I want. Most of the time. Lately it seems life has been busier. Just don’t ask me what I’ve been doing. Not sure. Whatever it is, it sure sucks the days up.

There are things – like trips 30 miles down the road to our “big” town. Two so far this week, another tomorrow. Like lawns that need mowing, weeds that should be pulled – but wait, maybe it’ll bloom and then we can call it a flower. Dishes to be done, laundry to be washed, dried and then folded and put away. I’m good at parts of that – but somehow it’s rare for a load of laundry to be completed in one day. House to be cleaned. Or sort-of-cleaned. Pine needles to rake up – how can these trees lose so many needles and still have needles? Kind of like how Shasta can shed so much hair and not be bald, I guess. Pine cones to be picked up. Always. Frequently.

TV to be watched. That accounts for a good part of many evenings. I think I have not missed a house hunt or a Property Brothers renovation, or Food Network’s chopping. And then there’s the streaming – Netflix, Amazon, all those channels for streaming. Getting hooked on shows, silly shows.

Naps to be taken. That’s important. That allows me to stay up too late, so tomorrow I’ll need another nap. Gotta stick to the routine. Actually, I’m trying to break that routine, but it gets hard to resist anytime after lunch until about 7:00 p.m. So here I am. Sitting on my front deck enjoying a nice breeze and a glass of lemon/cucumber/mint infused water. Heading back to Costa Rica. I still have lots of pictures from that March cruise I haven’t shared and a few more recent photos to share, but I’ve opted to go back to Costa Rica today to show you some of the more exotic things that we saw when we were in the Veragua Rain Forest. First, a pretty red flower. Of some kind. A pretty kind.

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And something purple

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the sun shining on a fern

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interesting tree bark

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A view across the valley and more things that caught my attention

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So now maybe I’ll go mow some of that lawn. I have a couple of hours before the sprinklers come on. Yes, that sounds like a good idea! While I’m mowing, you sit back, put your feet up, have a glass of wine or beverage of your choice, and appreciate this life that offers enough if we are willing to see it.

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The River Runs Through It

Last Sunday, the Artistic One and I headed west – because some of our neighbors had gone before us, to camp out for a few days, and they invited us to join them for the afternoon Sunday. Far be it for us to decline an invitation that involved getting out and exploring, so off we went, westward ho. We have traveled this road before, but have only passed by the turn that took us to their site. What a site! A beautiful campground and the view from their spaces was this

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crossing the small road that lay between them and the river, looking upriver

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What a marvelous view! How wonderful to sit outside your door and watch the river running through it, and inside, you would hear the relaxing sound of the rushing water. I thought we’d gone to heaven!

After a bit of lunch and some visiting, some of us went for a ride up the road, to see the Westfir covered bridge, built by the Westfir Lumber Co. in 1944 and, at 180 feet, the longest covered bridge in Oregon

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down the side

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looking inside, this is the only covered bridge west of the Mississippi that has a separate pedestrian walkway, and is one of only two bridges in the state of Oregon using the Howe Truss construction.

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through the window, to the train trestle up the river a ways

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outside again, looking up – swallow nests! Do you see the wee swallow head peeking out of the upper left nest?

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No, too obscure, isn’t it? Well let’s try a cropped closeup – I apologize for the loss of quality

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Across the street is the building that was the Westfir Lumber Co. headquarters and office building, and is now a bed and breakfast. The original lumber company safe is still inside the building. The rose garden is amazing, isn’t it?

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There are more photos to be shared from this perfectly lovely afternoon, but those will follow at another time. I know you have more to do than read my blog, but I am very pleased that you do take the time to see what I have to show and tell. Thank you all!

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