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Category: Pacific Northwest

Wednesday Ramble

Wednesday’s ramble route started in the Hawthorne District, went up and over Mt. Tabor and ended up at Beer Bunker in Montavilla for pints. About 1.5 hours and 3.3 (leisurely!) miles in total.  I liked these two front yard combos – still collecting ideas for the parking strips:


The roses above remind me of the “Joseph’s Coat”  rose I am thinking about planting in the garden nook.  There are tons of flowers in bloom – the walk smelled good and was so colorful:
Check out this flower….
It is on a tulip tree (Yellow Poplar) Liriodendron tulipfera….
A giant tulip tree with a tree swing in front of a pink house! I love this part of town.
I would be nervous if this was my neighbor below – notice the running bamboo coming up through the lawn… yikes
I do have a slight fascination with pollarded trees and pollarded catalpa in particular – which I think this is below. Hmmm…maybe in some future yard.



This week in the garden

Once again, the veggie garden below …. not much happening. Got the pea seed in, waiting for lettuce, broccoli, sweet peas and spinach to sprout. The grapes have their first leaves and the blueberries have filled out.  But not much to look at other than the tulips.

20140427-195630.jpg garden surprise…potatoes from last year’s garden

The poppies have sprouted -The seeds were collected last summer and I sprinkled thousands of them all over the yard:

The tulips are getting a little loose and starting to drop their petals. But they are still so lovely

Rose garden seems to be doing alright…

The lilacs and flying critters are out:

Here is the epimedium from the HSPO sale — cool little flowers (a bit blurry)

Look at this handsome duo -the Black lace Elderberry was planted last year and i just planted the Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola on Sunday.

Hi peony:

One more blurry tulip shot so I can fondly remember early spring:

Veggie garden kick off

Part of Saturday and Sunday were spent filling the new raised beds with 3 yards of 4-way mix soil. So many trips with the wheel barrow. We’ll see if it was worth the extra 12 inches of height come tomato season. For now they have been planted with first of the carrots, spinach, lettuce and broccoli seed. Peas are going into the ground and there is 3 more yards of soil to be hauled about the yard. Good times!



Turkey Week Travels > Day One > Ashland, OR

Road trip time. Destination = Turkey. CP and I loaded up the car and headed for California’s Central Valley. We left the Saturday before Thanksgiving and made our way down the I-5 in a flock of Ducks fans.

In the flock of fans heading south

We stopped in Ashland, OR to rest for the night. This town is cute. I’ve been wanting to visit here for the Shakespeare festival for years…unfortunately, the festival had just wrapped for the year. We had a nice dinner  at Standing Stone then chose to go to a nice pub (?) with a fire place to watch the Ducks v. USC on. Apparently the crowd was more Thea-A-ter oriented aka cultured or something because I was the only one watching the game and jumping up to yell go Go GOOOO!! And generally making an ass out of myself. When the Ducks lost a few people said ‘awww’. We stayed at the cute and affordable Columbia Inn which is right in the heart of the Festival area from what I understand. I plan to stay there next time I’m in town to see plays. Also, next time I plan to stop into the Caldera Taproom. I like their beers. So much to do here I wish we had more time. CP called it the Jackson Hole of Oregon minus the skiing plus the Bard.


Road Trip > Oregon Coast > Part One

Quick get away this weekend to the Oregon Coast. Cruised the forested highway 26 over to Tillamook – skipping the cheese factory in favor of a beach picnic in the sun in Manzanita. We headed south making stops at several random beach town shops selling everything from myrtlewood cutting boards to light bulbs filled with Oregon rain. I want one of those light bulbs. We found a camp spot practically on the beach and had just settled in to a can of Hamms and a round of Gin Rummy when our camping neighbors came over with two freshly caught, cleaned and cooked crabs. Wow! Yum! Thanks! Fully smelling of the sea and done with cards we capped the night with a pitch black beach stroll.

CP on the sea wall looking for whales

Complimentary crabs with Hamm's

Lovely Oregon coastal scape


Sunday Softball > Next Generation

I love cheering on The Know at Sunday bar league softball. In the past three years the next generation of players seem to be sprouting up. Cuties.

The Know Sluggers

Road Trip > Oregon > John Day River

To celebrate the coming of summer Char and I headed out to the John Day wilderness and river for a float trip. This was an amazing trip and the furthest east either of us have been in Oregon.  The climate is high desert with some scattered pines. The hills still had a touch of green from the late rains and the John Day river was flowing. The entire trip down the river we only saw 2 other parties – most of the time we were on our own on the lazy river.  Paradise. We camped at Bear Hollow Park then headed to Service Creek Stag Stop for pancakes and rafts. Service Creek Stage Stop is an Oregon treasure. Good people, good cakes, good rafts. I will return.

The wind generators are huge up close - there were fields of them south of The Dalles

We camped at Bear Hollow south of Fossil, Or. Camping Kabobs. Yum

The lovely John Day river

Raft and Sandy Beaches

Lewis and Clark

Boat Power

The water was chilly but not too bad considering it is fresh melt off of 'Hood

Road Trip> Umpqua Light House/Oregon Central Coast

On a lovely sunny day Char and I headed over to the Oregon Coast to spend a few days at a cabin at Umpqua Light House State park — on the journey south we visited Devil’s Punch Bowl, and had food at the Chowder Bowl in Nye Beach, we saw bones at a Heceta Head Lighthouse lookout – strangely human looking bones. I asked some other tourists about it but they did not seem concerned…whaaaa? Anyhoo — The state parks cabins are a treasure – cheap, heated and fun. Our porch overlooked Lake Marie which I would like to swim in when it is warm out. We bbq’d and defended chips and salsa from aggressive blue-jays and laid down some dominoes & drank beers next to the fire in the evenings. We hiked around Lake Marie and made an arduous trek over sand dunes to try to find the damn beach. This area is rich with chainsaw tree trunk craftsmen – You want a giant wooden bear? This is the area to visit. Some pics:

Devil's Punch Bowl on the Oregon Coast

Wood Gnome

Rare sighting in the Oregon coastal wilds: handsome beast. Makes fire, cuts steak

A walk in the dunes

Roadtrip > Oregon Coast Aquarium

On a recent road trip Char and I stopped off at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Cool aquarium tunnels. Some snaps:

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Touching pool

People at the aquarium talked about all the stuff on display that they would like to eat. Like these guys

I have a fish like this

Jellyfish - soothing to watch

More Jelly

Hello squishy

Road Trip>McMinnville Oregon

This weekend was a blast — rollerskating on Friday night at Oaks Park then packed up for a quick trip to McMinnville on Saturday.  Char and I headed out to the countryside to explore the area around McMinnville. This area is packed full of wineries and attracts the wine and cheese bunch from Portland and the surrounding area. Char and I are more beer and nut types so we took advantage of the sunny January day to sit on the roof of our hotel – Hotel Oregon – and sip their suds. Hotel Oregon is part of the Mcmenamins empire and is a noisy but fun place to stay. We had drinks and appetizers at a fancy restaurant in the area but sadly, were not inspired to order a main course. The place was way overpriced and the food was average —  disappointing after reading a glowing review from the Oregonian – maybe it was an off night. We decided instead to fill up on beer at a dive bar down the street and spent some time stalking Ranch Records which was closed but had a good window display. The next night we had a kick-ass, delicious, best-steak-I’ve-had in-many-years dinner at Laurelhurst Market. Yay!! Some snaps below:

Room at Hotel Oregon

Inside ET's tent on the roof of Hotel Oregon

Sunset on the roof of Hotel Oregon

Blurry Tree -- Look at what a pretty shade of blue the sky was

Outside of Ranch Records

One copy of born in the USA, please

After we failed at fancy dinner this is where we ended up

Inside the Blue Moon, move over Merlot