Short Road Trip

I’ve been quiet for awhiile, busy spending time with my daughter, soaking up all the minutes while she is here. We did venture off on a kind of road trip to visit her new town, the Port of Arlington, in northern Oregon on the Columbia River.

Arlington is a small town, population of about 600 per the 2016 census. It’s a neat, clean town, with enough stores to fill basic needs. It has a post office

a combination hardware/liquor store

a restaurant, a deli, a gas station, a pizza place, a motel, a couple of other small shops. It has the Earl Snell Memorial Park on the lagoon that comes in from the river

with a dog park just round the corner.

We toured the residential areas on the hillsides, looking for a place for Kat to live. To find rentals in this town, you get a list from the City Recorder, find that it is somewhat outdated, but then when you talk to the woman at the front desk of the motel, you discover that the best way to find a place is to talk to the postmistress. Turns out the postmistress owns the hardware/liquor store, and when Kat went in there, she met Hayley and Lucas, who know some of the people who manage or own some of the rentals, and promise to give them Kat’s phone number – they also correct some of the numbers on the list that are incorrect. Everyone knows everyone.

We stayed for a couple of days without managing to make contact with the one person who appeared to have a rental still available. He called as we were heading home, but we lost the connection. After we got back home, Kat returned his call, and yes, he has one place left, a two bed, one bath apartment, just across the street from the high school, less than a block from the elementary school where she will be teaching.Now she has a place to live, sight unseen, because a bird in hand – you know that story. Next is finding furniture, then the move to a new liife.

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I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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12 Responses to Short Road Trip

  1. lakeafton says:

    I’m glad she has a home. I’m sure she will make it that for herself and the cats.

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  2. loisajay says:

    Will her place be very far from you?

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  3. leendadll says:

    Wow. I don’t think I could do that… I may currently live as a hermit but it’s important to me that I have a gabillion entertainment options. the park is lovely!

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    Your photos of this town are beautiful. So lucky to find a place to live so close to where she’ll be working. Don’t you love it when things work out like that?

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  5. Lisa says:

    Your photos are lovely, especially the sunset captures! I hope she’ll be happy in her new town. I’m not sure I could commit to a residence sign unseen….but as you say….a bird in the hand! I hope it works out for her. I’ve been quiet in the blogosphere for far too long. Seems like there is always something to take care of before I can concentrate on anything fun. Happy Kat will be closer to you now. I see lots of road trips in your future! 🙂

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    • Carol says:

      The Universe seems to be working with Kat these days – she had a phone call this morning as well as a message from school about a duplex that is available. The owners’ daughter and son-in-law (who is a builder) manage it for them, so he sent her photos – it’s newly renovated, all new appliances and they’ll put in a washer/dryer for her – 3 beds downstairs with bath and utility room, kitchen, lovely living room and dining area upstairs with a nice deck, from which he says you can see the Columbia River. I feel better having her move in to a place we’ve at least seen photos of and know is clean.


  6. Carol — A combo hardware/liquor store. Well, I’ll be darned! 🙂

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  7. Nice to have her settled in not so far away this time. I hope hernew job works out for her.

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