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Something’s happening in this town

We stood on the edge of the woods. It was very quiet. Maybe too still? Nervously, we looked around. “Get hold of yourself,” we told each other as we headed for the Pineapple Hill Inn, where we’d be spending the … Continue reading

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Remember

We take a moment from our usual travel post to remember the events of 70 years ago when at least 190,000 people died when U.S. nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There is a saying that “Each time … Continue reading

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Nobody’s raining on this parade

The sky glowed a strange shade of pink-tinged grey from the many distant forest fires on Vancouver Island, but the parade went on as scheduled. When was the last time you were with thousands of people where everyone smiled and … Continue reading

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What’s hot in Portland

As we travel sometimes we are slow to pick up on what’s really worth doing at our new destination. Shortly after arriving in Portland, we went to a dinner party of old friends, and everybody was talking about the Thorns. … Continue reading

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Does this qualify as a vacation?

So, what’s a vacation? And is this it? The dictionary defines vacation as a “a period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel.” We’re now visiting family for … Continue reading

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Postcard Views

Remember on vacations long ago, before the internet and email, when we all diligently searched for the perfect postcards to send home to friends and family.  “Wish you were here!”  Then we trudged to the post office to mail a … Continue reading

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A side effect of our long trip: weight loss

We’ve surprised ourselves by a gradual weight loss on our trip thus far.  Yes, we wanted to lose weight, but be didn’t think we would.  So, we’re more than surprised – maybe shocked is the better word.  We weren’t on … Continue reading

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Our camera is ready to go, but are we?

Note to self: before leaving on a trip learn how to use your camera.   When we bought our camera, almost three years ago, we worked to master the basics and took ever so many photos practicing to get it … Continue reading

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A cycling kind of town

Portland, Oregon is one of the most Bike Friendly Cities in the US according to Bicycling Magazine in 2012.  So, it seemed inevitable that our son, Joshua, would settle here.  He has loved bicycles ever since his first ride.  He’s … Continue reading

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Travel etiquette: did you miss this one?

We’ve been very lucky to travel – and we know it.  We started traveling on a shoestring many years ago. Even in those days, when we could barely afford the least expensive motel room, we always left a tip for … Continue reading

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