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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


Road trip> Boise, ID

From Baker City, Oregon we headed to Boise, ID. I’ve been curious about this town. We found it to be very clean and full of white women with very toned arms. We stayed at The Modern Hotel which was very hip and had comfortable beds. We hung out downtown, walked to Boise Arts Festival where we encountered cotton candy poodles and ended up mingling with locals at Nuerolux. If we had more time and I had my way we would have also caught a show at Shakespeare Idaho and rented bikes to cruise the greenbelt that runs through town. If you are there in the summer you can float through the middle of the city. I’ll be back to do more exploring. Didn’t get many pictures but here are a couple of snaps:

Outside The Modern Hotel in Boise, Idaho

Call the humane socieity. Walking cotton candy at the Boise Arts Festival

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>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

Oregon Road Trips: Fall Creek Wilderness Area

Had a lovely time at Timber Butte Cabin in the Fall Creek Wilderness area of Willamette National Forest. We had the chance to explore some of the covered bridges of Lane County, the local reservoir and the town of Oakridge. Here are some snaps:

Charles in Fall Creek Resv

The Fall Creek Reservoir

Oakridge 1

The sun came out for a moment in Oakridge, OR


Some Sun in Oakridge

Charles in the Public House

A porter from Brewer's Union Local 180

Fall Creek Scence

Fall Creek

Unity Bridge

Unity Bridge - We visited 4 covered bridges in all

Fall Creek Fire Area

Fall Creek Fire Recovery Area

Fall Creek Fire Area 2

Fire recovery area

Oregon Roadtrips: Timber Butte Lookout Cabin

Char and I had a great get away to Timber Butte fire lookout cabin in the Fall Creek Wilderness east of Eugene. This cabin is a cozy, affordable treasure. It is not far from amenities but feels like it is tucked in the wilds — deep on unpaved forest road. We got there at dusk and the butte (at 3600 ft) was cloaked in clouds and fogs. We ate Bahn Mi that we picked up from An Xuyen Bakery drank some Jubelale and played dominoes and Yahtzee. The cabin has 360 degrees of windows and sits on the highest peak in the area but the cabin’s small squarefootage and workhorse stove keep the place cozy and warm. The next day we explored Lane County’s collection of covered bridges and the emptied reservoir. We also made it to the town of Oakridge where the sun peaked out for a moment as we sampled home-crafted Anglo beers from Brewers’ Union Local 180. At the pub we heard rumors of winter weather advisory — there was suppose to be overnight snow down to 1000 ft. We headed back up the hill to hunker down in our cabin for the night. We listened to tunes, ate mountain tacos, played dominoes, yahtzee attempted the Sunday NY Times crossword until almost 1:00 in the morning waiting for the snow to drop. Finally we tucked in the for the night only to awake at dawn to a blanket of whiteness.  Snow!!! We made some stumptown coffee, ate muffins with jam, talked about how the car would make it down the hill and made a snow pig. Fun. It turns out the snow did not fall past about 3400 feet so the trip home was smooth. We stopped off in Eugene for lunch at Keystone Cafe and made our way homeward. This cabin is such a treat and the area is consistently lush and beautiful. We can’t wait to return.

Charles in Fall Creek

We stopped for some snaps along the forest road on our way to the cabin

Lovely Fall Creek Stream

Insanely gorgeous area. Lots of bright yellow and red autumn colors and of course, green everywhere

Greenery in Fall Creek

Mossy Limbs!

inside timber butte lookout

Inside Timber Butte Cabin

Taco Dinner

Mountain Tacos. Nom nom nom.

Timber Butte Snow Exterior

On our second morning we awoke to snow

Mountain Snow Pig

So we made coffee and a mountain snow pig


Oregon Roadtrips: Farmland!!

Charchar and I hit up Kruger Farms on Sauvie Island then the following Sunday took the loop through Hood River, to the 35 fruitloop to farms and jam shops and on to Timberline Lodge. I love this roadtrip. One of my favorites. We stopped to feed the Alpacas.

At Kruger we picked flowers and tomatos and ate roasted corn

At Kruger we picked flowers and tomatos and ate roasted corn

Farmer Charchar heads towards roasted corn cobs

Farmer Charchar heads towards roasted corn cobs

This is where i got my pumpkins the past coupla years

This is where i got my pumpkins the past coupla years

you should see this guy milk cows

you should see this guy milk cows



The peak of Mt. Hood

The peak of Mt. Hood

Oregon Road Trip: Newberry Crater

South of Bend, OR is the lovely Newberry Crater. Lava flow created obsidian fields, tubes and a large crater to explore. Lovely area. Some snaps below:

Veiw from Paulina Peak, Newberry Crater

Veiw from Paulina Peak, Newberry Crater

Paulina Falls, Newberry Crater

Paulina Falls, Newberry Crater

On the way home we stopped Peter Skene Ogden Park -- Pretty Ravine

On the way home we stopped Peter Skene Ogden Park -- Pretty Ravine

On the way home we saw a great sunset

On the way home we saw a great sunset

sunset shot

sunset shot

Oregon Road Trips: Silver Falls

Charchar and I hit the road south through Silver Falls to Bend and on to Newberry Crater. We had a blast. I love Silver Falls. Affordable cabins are available for rent on site which is convenient for a night hike past 10 waterfalls. Char and I hit the trail in the afternoon and spent the evening bbqing at the cabin and playing dominoes. Yaboy!

b charchar waterfall

B Silverfalls

behind the tree

Behind the waterfall

b dominos