A Day at the Fair, Sept 2016
My friend, Rosemary Stafford, and I spent a seriously fun day at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, the capital city. There were many carnival rides, fried foods, happy fair-goers, musicians, artists, gorgeous show animals (like pigs, cows, rabbits, pheasants, horses), you name it. I wish it were going on every weekend! It brings up such happy nostalgia from my early boyhood on a Kansas farm.
Columbia River Gorge, Sept 2016
In September I took Tiana Kai around the Columbia River Gorge to see lots of spectacular sights, including the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, the Vista House at Crown Point, Multnomah Falls, Latourell Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Horsetail Falls (and Upper Horsetail Falls), and Thunder Island at Cascade Locks. An excellent way to spend the day...
Icelandair Stopover Buddy Adventure with ATV – Óbyggðaferðir (Post 2 of 2)
The weather was gorgeously sunny, but biting, biting cold. Once we got all bundled up in our snowsuits, we hopped on our ATVs and rode off through horse pastures to wild, rugged country around Þrihyrningr, Three-Horn Mountain. The stark, desolate beauty of the volcanic landscape reminded me of my childhood in Idaho. But it was also otherworldly. I felt civilization was a million miles away and we were on a new planet. And I remembered, not too surprisingly, that Ridley Scott filmed his gorgeous mess Prometheus in Iceland...
Leach Botanical Garden
After our trip to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in April 2017 Amanda Ulrich and I visited the Leach Botanical Garden on the outer edge of southeast Portland. We didn't have much time as we got there just a few minutes before closing. It is such a lovely spot though that I still had a blast. There are so many interesting plants there, and the whole estate (of about 17 acres) is serene and gorgeous...
Fun Signs at Ripplebrook Ranger Station
Recently I did a wonderful lake project for Oregon's Mount Hood Territory. At one point (getting lost looking for Lake Harriet), we stopped at the Ripplebrook forest ranger station. They were nice and helpful, which was much appreciated as there is no cell phone service in that part of the Cascades. A great place to stop and stretch your legs when you're in the area!
They also had some wonderful signs that I grabbed these snapshots of.