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Mt. St. Helens National Monument, Washington

Mount Saint Helens National Monument is an easy day trip from either Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington. From Portland we headed up the freeway through thick forests and past numerous rivers, streams, and lakes. Once on the road heading up the mountain, you can see the numerous areas that had to be evacuated in the […]... Read More

Modest Dressing for Catholic Ladies

For so many years, my Catholicism was Mass on Sunday and that was it. Don’t talk to me about birth control, modesty or chastity. There were even a few years that I “fell away”. When I returned, being Catholic meant much more to me than “getting my sacraments”. I began digging deeper. I gladly fled […]... Read More
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The Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon

Every big city that I have visited has its hidden escapes. Portland, OR is no exception. One such delight is the Chinese Garden, in the heart of downtown. Surrounded by high rises and parking meters, one does not expect to be swept away to a natural sanctuary, but procure your ticket and enter the garden […]... Read More
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Fort Stevens State Park, Oregon

We drove through Astoria, Oregon, but having already visited the famous column on a previous trip, we decided the rest of the town was too busy for the relaxation we craved, and we drove back to Fort Stevens State Park, where we grabbed a great campsite for a few nights. We went to see the shipwreck […]... Read More
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Up the Oregon Coast

We left Portland for a weekend in Astoria and decided to take the coastal route. Our first night was spent at the Big Spruce RV Park in Netarts Bay. This is definitely worth a return trip. The park is small, but quiet (at least when we were there) and we took a pull through spot […]... Read More
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Things to do in Portland Oregon

G6 indoor trampoline park This is a great place for the kids to burn off some energy. There are a number of sections of trampolines. One is specifically for the little ones. Older kids and adults can use all the other ones. One area is for dodgeball, one has basketball hoops, one has ramps. Make […]... Read More
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Portland Oregon

Portland, Oregon is a profusion of greens and a mass of flowers. For a high desert, rock and juniper dweller, it is a bombardment of color. The senses are assaulted by sweet smells (at least away from the road), refreshing sights and, well, the sound of traffic. Okay, but the plant life is incredible when […]... Read More
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The Dark Side of the RV

Lest I portray the mistaken impression that our rv life is terribly indulgent and carefree, let me tell you about some of our other Oregon mishaps. After replacing 7 tires, the transmission failed. This kept us in Portland a week beyond our planned departure. The central heater motor also went out again. This would be […]... Read More
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Dolls From Heaven – Nurturing Catholic Culture

I wish these saint dolls had been available when my youngest son was a toddler. Now they’re going to be here in time for my goddaughter and grandchildren. At least I hope so. Dolls From Heaven is the brainchild of the Kiczek family and they are currently crowdfunding on indiegogo to get started. (update – […]... Read More