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Ray’s Boathouse and Cafe, Seattle, Washington

After Ballard Locks, we asked for a recommendation of where to eat for fresh seafood. Ray’s was mentioned. We drove downtown and found it on the docks. The outdoor seating looked appealing, but not on this chilly, overcast day. Our table inside had an outstanding view of the ocean. The seafood did, indeed seem very […]... Read More
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Ballard Locks, Washington

About an hour drive from where we were visiting in Tacoma, WA is Ballard Locks. The official name is Hiram M. Chittendom Locks, but I don’t think anybody knows that. Ballard Locks is more than just a shipping channel. On the shore are beautiful gardens, with rare trees and plants. Parks to sit and watch […]... Read More
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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
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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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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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Summer In A Small Town

We interrupt the Oregon epic, to fast forward to our latest adventure. Pioneer Days in Manassa, Colorado. Summer is an event in Colorado. While other areas of the west experience mild temperatures year round, maybe just a hint of winter now and then, Colorado has a more Midwestern experience of early freezes and late thaws. With […]... Read More
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Trail to Oregon

We are on our way to Oregon, taking our 90 year old grandpa to see his old haunts and several of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. And to get out of the house. And the cold. Since we are in the RV this time, we not only have 2 big “house” batteries to give […]... Read More