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Oct 4, 2019 - Portland - Day 2

Today was a day of exploration. We divided, but did not conquer Portland. Sandy and her friends took a "Hop-on and Hop-off" bus tour. I did a small "walkabout." As one might expect, it is not too likely to be able to see all that a city can offer. Sandy's tour included a Japanese Garden, hilltop homes overlooking the city, etc. I walked to the Lan Su Chinese Garden, which is definitely worth seeing. Attached are several pictures of the Garden, which I found a very peaceful setting. As I walked through parts of the city, I spied some unusual...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Portland - Day 1

Although this update is entitled "Portland - Day 1," we really only arrived in the city just a little while ago. Our exploration of Portland will await until tomorrow. In the meantime, we hit two places on the way to Portland. The first was the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center, near The Dalles, OR. This is an extremely well done museum, and I recommend it for your consideration. It depicts the Columbia River area beginning in the Ice Age and proceeding through more modern times. There is a good description of the first dam built on the...

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Jun 30, 2019 - Portland Oregon

The next morning we used Uber to get to the Airport. Before leaving the motel I checked the departure time to verify that there hadn’t been any changes, left the motel at 0615 and arrived at the airport at 0630 --- only to find out that the flight had been delayed almost two hours and a message and email had been sent to me at 0624. Oh well, at least they tried to contact me this time.

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Jun 12, 2019 - Portland Oregon

O.K. -- before I get into the Portland, Oregon trip and the questions start, let me ‘splain again. The gold robes are the “uniform” of the 801 Breakfast Club. Our little group was stationed together at Kunsan Air Base in Korea from 1987 to 1988, one of the longest years I’ll never forget. We worked together, ate together, played together, slept together (same or close buildings, not same rooms people!) and most importantly, we supported each other, both professionally and personally. I think I was the first of the group to arrive at Kunsan...

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Jun 5, 2019 - Portland

A nice kick back day had breakfast with my niece then spent the day do some catch up stuff on the computer. Out for a walk round the area a stop for dinner at the Prime Rib and Chocolate restaurant a nice slice of prime rib and a local beer, could not do the chocolate cake LOL

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Jun 4, 2019 - Mount St. Helens to Portland

A good night of rest after the night in Anchorage airport, LOL up and ready for another day, Breakfast at the hotel, got my bags all rearranged, loaded up and off to get gas and head to Mount St. Helens, a quick stop at Target for some stuff for lunch. It is a real nice and sunny day, a good highway to travel on heading to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, making several stops along the way checking out the mountain. Then head to Portland where I will spend the next couple days before heading to Carter Lake. Met with my niece Noel and out for...

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Another adventure

Mar 2, 2019 - NE Emerson House Basement for rent

Newly rebuilt basement with separate entrance, appliances including washer and dryer full kitchen etc. Early April move in date. Candidates must be environmentally, socially conscious and employed and/or in school. Cats are negotiable. $999 month, $1100 for 2 people, ALL included utilities, cable and wifi etc. 3 month min then will discuss longer term. $50 background check per person First and 1/2 last month's rent plus $750 security deposit. • Quiet Neighborhood with Garden Space and fenced yard with free range chickens and play...

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Nov 5, 2018 - NE Loft for rent, 235 NE Emerson St.

Newly rebuilt loft with separate entrance, kitchenette, with access to washer/dryer Nov 1st move in date/flexible Candidates must be environmentally, socially conscious and employed and/or in school. Cats are negotiable. $1000 month, $1100 for 2 people, ALL included utilities, cable and wifi etc. 3 month min then will discuss longer term. $50 background check per person First and 1/2 last month's rent plus $600 security deposit. • Quiet Neighborhood with Garden Space and fenced yard with free range chickens and play structure. • Easy walk...

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Itchy Feet

Sep 10, 2018 - Gotta Do the Trolley Tour!

Caitlyn’s last day before heading back. We took a trolley hop on/hop off sightseeing tour that left from Pioneer Courthouse Square. Were hoping to catch the 10 AM trolley but turns out they were sold out until noon. We got a coffee at the Starbucks that was right there, then Caitlyn went back into Nordstrom’s while I eavesdropped on a walking tour that was passing through the Square. I’d actually never heard of a hop on/off tour “selling out” but it worked out okay in the end. We ended up taking the tour twice. The first time around we...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Quirky Portland

Rolled out of Bellingham a bit after 8. Originally considered stopping at Mt Saint Helens on the way to Portland but after looking at it last night decide not to. It was an hour off of I-5 and it appeared as if the visitor’s center was still several miles from the volcano, which makes sense but I decided it wasn’t worth the trip just to read about it when I could do that on my own. After a quick stop for lunch we arrived in Portland around 1. First stop was the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park. Spent an hour or so walking...

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Jul 8, 2018 - The dark side of Portland

Portland, OR This was our 3rd trip to Portland over the years. We had been looking forward to the stop this time. We have, however, been less than enthralled with what we have seen. In the past, we had really enjoyed the downtown where it felt safe and was very clean. That is no longer the case. The streets are dirty and littered. There are a lot of homeless wandering or loitering and camping out right on the sidewalks. At first we thought it was just the downtown area that had deteriorated. Not so. We are seeing it everywhere. Our hotel is...

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Jul 7, 2018 - Saturday Market

Portland, OR The Portland Saturday Market is an outdoor arts and crafts market. It is the largest continuously operated outdoor market in the US. The Market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Portland, drawing an estimated one million people and annual sales of ten million. We think many come just for the food. Every nationality possible has a food stand. The smells are marvelous. There is an interesting place just on the edge of the Market. It is a little hole in the wall and has huge lines going down the block at any time...

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