Posts Tagged "Oregon"

Three Seasons in Three Weeks

Posted on May 10, 2012 in Airstream, Featured, People, Places | 4 comments

Three Seasons in Three Weeks

“So what’s your favorite state?” That’s the question I get asked all the time. My answer is always, “The states along the coast are pretty amazing!” Well, I spent the last three weeks in a pretty amazing state along the coast; it’s called Oregon.

I saw plenty of fog and clouds in Eugene, drove in a snowstorm over Santiam Pass, gazed at stars in the clear, cool nights of Bend, walked through snow on Mt. Hood, felt the wind and sideways rain along the Pacific coast, and even turned on the air conditioner in the surrounding countryside of Portland.

Oregon has some diverse climates because it is such a geographically diverse state. It has the rocky coastline, it has the more temperate rolling hills with vineyards, it has the snow-capped volcanic peaks, it has the high desert, it has the vast forests. Think of it as a smaller version of California, but without the smog, congestion, and high prices. And the people of Oregon love their beverages. I have never seen so many craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, coffee shops, and roadside espresso stands. It’s pretty much heaven.

But what’s the best part of Oregon? It’s the people. I met so many great people who instantly took me in as their adopted vagabond. Thank you, Rhonda; Scott and Kathy; Eric, Heidi, and the girls; Jill, Danny, and the boys; Ed and Meredith. And a special thank you to Laura and Kevin. They made me a birthday dinner, took me wine tasting, made me countless meals (and libations), took me on a mini-tour of Portland, and took me flying in their very own Cirrus! To all of you, thank you for making Oregon such a memorable place on my journey.

Sheep grazing outside my window
Sheep grazing outside my window
Snow on Santiam Pass
Snow on Santiam Pass
Typical day at the Oregon office
Typical day at the Oregon office
High desert scenery
High desert scenery
High desert scenery
High desert scenery
Parking at Timberline Lodge
Parking at Timberline Lodge
Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood
Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley
Champoeg State Park
Champoeg State Park
Champoeg State Park
Champoeg State Park
Birthday dinner
Birthday dinner
Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley
Carte Blanche Airstream food cart
Carte Blanche Airstream food cart
Cirrus SR22-G3 Turbo GTS
Cirrus SR22-G3 Turbo GTS
Cirrus SR22-G3 Turbo GTS
Cirrus SR22-G3 Turbo GTS
Champoeg State Park from above
Champoeg State Park from above
Columbia River from above
Columbia River from above
Columbia River from above
Columbia River from above
Cirrus SR22-G3 Turbo GTS
Cirrus SR22-G3 Turbo GTS
Portland from above
Portland from above
Turning final for Runway 35
Turning final for Runway 35
Mossy forests of Oregon
Mossy forests of Oregon
Rainy day on Oregon coast
Rainy day on Oregon coast
The sea was angry that day
The sea was angry that day
Spring blossoms
Spring blossoms
Oregon coast
Oregon coast
Beach at Sea and Sand RV Park
Beach at Sea and Sand RV Park
Sea and Sand RV Park
Sea and Sand RV Park
Sea and Sand RV Park
Sea and Sand RV Park
Beach at Sea and Sand RV Park
Beach at Sea and Sand RV Park
Yaquina Bay
Yaquina Bay
Yaquina Bay
Yaquina Bay
Sea and Sand RV Park
Sea and Sand RV Park
Yaquina Lighthouse
Yaquina Lighthouse
Devil's Punch Bowl
Devil's Punch Bowl
Otter Crest
Otter Crest
Sea and Sand RV Park
Sea and Sand RV Park
Sunset at Sea and Sand RV Park
Sunset at Sea and Sand RV Park
Oregon coast
Oregon coast
Haystack Rock
Haystack Rock
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The Goonies, Gastronomy, Golf, and a Goose

Posted on Sep 8, 2009 in Airstream, Campgrounds, Featured, Places, State Parks | 11 comments

The Goonies, Gastronomy, Golf, and a Goose

I am writing this near the shores of the Pacific Ocean — in front of a campfire — at Harris Beach State Park, easily my favorite of all the campgrounds in Oregon. It is a fitting way to end my exploration of the great state of Oregon.

Oregon, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. First, one of the best movies of the ’80s, “The Goonies,” was filmed in Astoria and Cannon Beach. Who doesn’t love that movie? Second, fresh, local, incredible food is available from undiscovered vendors at farmers’ markets in downtown Portland. Pair it with a bottle of wine from any one of the hundreds of vineyards and wineries in Oregon, like Yamhill Valley Vineyards. So good! Third, the same temperate climate that makes great wine is the same temperate climate perfect for lush, green golf courses playable year-round. The best one I played was Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora. Finally, Howard Hughes’ famous airplane, the “Spruce Goose,” is at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville. I was so happy to stumble upon this museum — like “kid in a candy store” happy!

I know Oregon sometimes is associated with pot smoking hippies and a rainy climate, but there is also much, much more the state has to offer. (For the record, I didn’t see too many hippies, didn’t smoke any pot, and only felt a little rain.) Here is a sample of the photos I took as I followed Highway 101 from Astoria down to Brookings, with a side trip into the Portland area. OK, time to watch a copy of the “The Goonies” that I found on the internet!

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Portland's very sleek public transportation system, TriMet.
Portland's very sleek public transportation system, TriMet.
View from Mo's Restaurant of famous Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach
View from Mo's Restaurant of famous Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach
Basil, peaches, raspberries, tomatoes, cookies, nuts, you name it; all kinds of delicious food at the Portland Farmers Market.
Basil, peaches, raspberries, tomatoes, cookies, nuts, you name it; all kinds of delicious food at the Portland Farmers Market.
Long Beach, Oregon is apparently home to the "World's Longest Beach"
Long Beach, Oregon is apparently home to the "World's Longest Beach"
I have absolutely no idea which "Bolstad" it is, but I definitely need to track that person down. The views were awesome!
I have absolutely no idea which "Bolstad" it is, but I definitely need to track that person down. The views were awesome!
The entire Long Beach area had this mystical aura that morning.
The entire Long Beach area had this mystical aura that morning.
Flags at half-staff presumably for Ted Kennedy
Flags at half-staff presumably for Ted Kennedy
Leaving Long Beach
Leaving Long Beach
Sculpture at Portland's Rose Gardens
Sculpture at Portland's Rose Gardens
Impressive collection of roses with views of downtown at Portland's Rose Garden
Impressive collection of roses with views of downtown at Portland's Rose Garden
This is what greets you at the entrance to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville
This is what greets you at the entrance to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville
Apollo capsule
Apollo capsule
Actual Titan missile used to launch satellites
Actual Titan missile used to launch satellites
Lockheed SR-71A "Blackbird", the fastest aircraft ever built
Lockheed SR-71A "Blackbird", the fastest aircraft ever built
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" Exterior
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" Exterior
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" Interior
Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor "Tin Goose" Interior
Hughes Flying Boat, H-4, HK-1 "Spruce Goose" Interior
Hughes Flying Boat, H-4, HK-1 "Spruce Goose" Interior
The Douglas DC-3A revolutionized the look of the modern airliner
The Douglas DC-3A revolutionized the look of the modern airliner
Curtiss-Wright A-22 (CW-22) "Falcon"
Curtiss-Wright A-22 (CW-22) "Falcon"
The "Spruce Goose" dwarfs everything else in the museum.
The "Spruce Goose" dwarfs everything else in the museum.
Seriously, it is that big.
Seriously, it is that big.
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Pacific City, Oregon
Pacific City, Oregon
Pacific City, Oregon
Pacific City, Oregon
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Tillamook Cheese Factory
Along Highway 101 (near Devil's Punch Bowl)
Along Highway 101 (near Devil's Punch Bowl)
Along Highway 101
Along Highway 101
Catching up on emails along Highway 101
Catching up on emails along Highway 101
One of the very few rainy days during my stay. This is the beach across the street from Seal Rocks RV Cove.
One of the very few rainy days during my stay. This is the beach across the street from Seal Rocks RV Cove.
Cape Blanco State Park
Cape Blanco State Park
Lighthouse at Cape Blanco State Park
Lighthouse at Cape Blanco State Park
Across highway from Humbug Mountain State Park
Across highway from Humbug Mountain State Park
Entrance to Humbug Mountain State Park
Entrance to Humbug Mountain State Park
Along Highway 101
Along Highway 101
I spent Labor Day hanging out at a totally secluded Gold Beach
I spent Labor Day hanging out at a totally secluded Gold Beach
Low tide at Harris Beach State Park
Low tide at Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park, probably the best kept secret in all of Oregon
Harris Beach State Park, probably the best kept secret in all of Oregon
Sunset at Harris Beach State Park
Sunset at Harris Beach State Park
Sunset at Harris Beach State Park
Sunset at Harris Beach State Park
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Oregon, Part 1

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 in Airstream | 0 comments

Oregon, Part 1

From the Napa Valley, I made a beeline to northwest Montana for a few weeks with my family. This is just a quick snapshot of central Oregon, with much more to come when I go back for an in-depth tour of the entire state later this summer.

View of Mt. Shasta
View of Mt. Shasta
Entrance to Crater Lake
Entrance to Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Yes, snow in July!
Yes, snow in July!
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Crater Lake
Boondocking along shores of Columbia River
Boondocking along shores of Columbia River
Typical scenery on interstate highway along Columbia River
Typical scenery on interstate highway along Columbia River
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