August 30, 2013

Goodbye to Oregon For Now

Betty and I are back home after a tremendous 3 week stay with friends, old and new, and city that is quickly beginning to feel like a second home. Frankly, it was hard to leave 78 degrees for 102, but we will survive. After all, the cooler weather in Phoenix is only a month (or two) away.

More difficult was leaving our dear friends who have become such an important part of our life. I don't know when we will be back, but there is no doubt we will return. Betty and I love them and care for them deeply.

Since the Retirement Lifestyle and Oregon in Pictures post last week, we added a few more exciting memories to our trip, and hundreds of new pictures to our hard drive that I'd love to share with you.

The Columbia River Gorge stretches 80 miles from the far eastern edge of the Portland metropolitan area along the Columbia River. It forms a boundary between Oregon and Washington and contains some of the most dramatic scenery of our trip. 

Overlooks nearly 800 feet above the river, numerous waterfalls, and hiking trails though beautiful forests kept us enthralled for a full day. Here are just a few of the photos Betty took on that special day.


















Occasionally the fog won!


90 minutes from Portland in the opposite direction, Cannon Beach is a lively and pretty tourist town on the Oregon coast. Best known as the home of Haystack Rock (see below), it has all sorts of art galleries, restaurants, and gift shops to keep the hidden shopper in anyone very happy. There are probably as many dogs as people, but all are well behaved; I didn't hear a single dog bark in over four hours in town and saw no doggie accidents.

The weather was cool with enough sun and clouds to make a day perfect for exploring and photographing.














Earl and Barbara Torris looking happy in Cannon Beach

Blogging friend Tamara Reddy and husband Mike just happened to be in Portland during our visit. They were in the midst of a 52 day RV trip through the Pacific Northwest that you can read all about on Tamara's blog. 

We arranged to have dinner together to turn virtual friends into real ones. Several hours later, after a meal and conversation around a fire pit we all felt like we had known each other for years.


The three weeks just flew by. We already miss our friends, the cool weather, green trees, and exciting city of Portland. It was a tremendously satisfying retirement vacation that cemented our growing love for Portland and Oregon. A special thanks to Retire in Style blogging buddy Barb Torris and hubby Earl, Galen Pearl for not just writing about her 10 Steps To Finding Your Happy Place but living it every moment we are with her, and, of course, to the Human Dynamos, Mike and Tamara Reddy.
 
Now it is time to get geared up for our next RV trip: the California wine country around Paso Robles, the beaches near Pismo Beach, and the desert beauty near Palm Springs. 

Goodbye Pacific Northwest - Hello California. 


42 comments:

  1. Just beautiful! I think I've just added a few more places to see before I die...

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    1. It is beautiful and the people are special. Put it on your to-do list!

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  2. I know you've heard this before, but Betty's photos are excellent! Enlarge them and put a frame on them....I would pay good money for them! A potential income stream if ever needed???
    Just beautiful, Betty!

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    1. If enough folks tell her this...maybe. But, if she decides to not do anything more with her photos than share them with this blog's readers then that will be OK, too. She does have an eye for both the photos and the editing afterwards that is her real joy.

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  3. What a gorgeous countryside/state Oregon has/is. Meanwhile, my wife and I are enjoying the gorgeous countryside/state of Vermont. And some time in the coming years we are planning to bask in the beauty of the northern Pacific coastal states ourselves.

    Thanks for sharing your take on the incredible beauty of this amazingly diverse country. We are all so very fortunate.

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    1. Living for several years of my life in New England, Vermont was always my favorite state to spend time in, followed closely by Maine. There is no place on earth prettier than Vermont in the fall. Who know, someday our RV might find itself roaming the back roads of the Green Mountain state.

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  4. I'm just learning the Social Media myself, but from what I have heard about Pinterest & what I have seen of Betty's pictures, I hope she thinks SERIOUSLY about investigating that creative outlet. Looking from the outside, Your God-given skills include your ability with words & the ability to connect with people; it looks to me like her God-given skills include photography & clever decoration (I loved your backyard re-do.) Hopefully we will see you soon. Rest up from Oregon!

    pam

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    1. Our individual talents or energies do seem to blend well together. Betty has registered at Pinterest but isn't at the place yet where she is willing to make the time commitment to engage with it fully. That's OK. We know she's good.

      Our trip to your neck of the woods is only 4 weeks away. We will certainly hope to see you when we are in the Paso Robles area.

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  5. Beautiful pics; glad you both enjoyed the time spent out there. I am convinced more and more that there is no area of this country that does not have truly outstanding vistas. Different perhaps, but still outstanding.

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    1. That's the key, isn't it, Chuck..different. There isn't any part of this country that doesn't have something to capture the imagination and please the eye...even Phoenix in August!

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  6. Holy moly!! One of these days.......
    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hi Bob,

    I just pinned two of Betty's pictures to my Pinterest Board - "Art in Many Forms." The link-back will send folks to this post when they click it. Just thought they were worth sharing. Hope Betty won't mind.

    Getting a bit closer to a road trip of our own.

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    1. She doesn't mind and I appreciate your thoughtfulness. I hope others appreciate her work as much as folks on this blog (and I) do.

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  8. Cari in North TexasFri Aug 30, 10:34:00 AM MST

    What lovely photos, and narrative to go along with them! The Pacific Northwest is now definitely on my to-visit list (or re-visit). I lived in Bremerton (across the Sound from Seattle) for about 9 months back in the early 80s while my ex's ship was in dry dock, and I never saw scenery like this! Thanks for taking us along on your travels!

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    1. The Seattle area and Washington state have pretty scenery, too, but Oregon got a double dose.

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  9. You two must feel refreshed and renewed after such a great trip. The photos are gorgeous, you look so happy together. What more could you want? Besides, wine country!
    Thanks for sharing!
    b

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    1. What more could we want? How about a 3 week RV trip in October to Central and coastal California...and more wine country!

      This trip was certainly one of our best.

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  10. I've enjoyed following along on your trip and sent this post home to hubby to read...we will definitely put visiting this area on our list :)

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    1. Based on your blog list I'm guessing you like quilting. Oregon is a great place to quilt since winters are cold and wet...the perfect place for a nice warm quilt.

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  11. So I guess "cold and wet" winters are beating out "blistering hot" summers? Who knew? All of us who choose to stay north of the Mason/Dixon line did. :)

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    1. Actually, there is another choice we are making: mild, sunny winters and cool partly sunny summers. Neither Betty or I could handle a typical NW winter. Gray skies and cold drizzle or rain for 5 months would send us round the bend.

      But, after 29 of the heat, we aren't willing to handle a full Arizona summer anymore. Next year we have tentative plans for 2+ months, in the RV, and away from here. That won't be the full summer but it is a good start!

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  12. Pismo Beach and Paso Robles are about a hour and a half drive from where my husband and I live! We go there all the time to visit with family and, of course, to enjoy the wonderful coastal weather.

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    1. It will be a very nice break from the desert heat and is an area of California we have not spent much time visiting before.

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  13. 24 hours and no one has told you that you spelled 'goodbye' wrong in your title.

    You're welcome.

    Great photos.

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    1. You are absolutely correct. Mistake fixed.

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    1. Thanks, Syd. I'm sorry Betty and I didn't get to meet you and Doug in Oregon. I know your plans changed and you ended up in NYC...another great place with a very different feel from Portland!

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  15. Great photos; I almost feel as though I've been there myself. The Columbia is one amazing natural phenomenon.

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    1. I am reading a book about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. After seeing where they traveled, the journey is even more amazing.

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  16. Hi Bob, that was a real treat. I think Oregon will be on my list next time we visit the US......thank you for some fabulous photos! Cheers, Rosanne

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    1. Let's test my memory...you live in Australia, right? Even if I am wrong, I think you'd enjoy western Oregon if you like forests, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, and friendly people.

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  17. Bob: What wonderful memories I'm reliving as I scroll through those pictures, and laughing as I read the comments about Vermont. We have the occasional leaf turning already, giving out a hint of what color will be here soon. I was doing a cross country drive to Seattle as you were on your Texas trip last spring, and was entertained with your comments of conditions down there. Especially when you talked about the lack of heat in the RV, as I was driving past snow fields state after state.

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    1. Cross country drive to Seattle....that was quite a trek.

      If I can remember that many years ago, it seems as though September was really the peak color time for northern Vermont and October closer to the Massachusetts border. We are still stuck above 100 in Phoenix and will be for most days until October. Our fall starts around Thanksgiving!

      Betty and I did a "drive til you drop" trip in 2011, covering 5,000 miles in just 3 weeks. When we do something that extensive again we will be in an RV instead of a car and take a lot longer to complete the journey.



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    2. Good memory, Bob. Yes, we live 2.5 hours south of Sydney on the coast. I have been to California and Florida.....Oregan must be delightful. We have a caravan and like to wander up and down the coast - it is a lot of fun!

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    3. Northern California has a lot of the same scenery as Oregon, but the state has so much to offer.

      My youngest daughter will be in Sydney on a business trip next April. She is really looking forward to it. I guess that would be your fall season.

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  18. Hi Bob,

    We loved meeting you both too! We just returned home, having to put the kibosh on our Mammoth Lakes leg due to the Yosemite fire - smoke so thick we couldn't see the Sierras.

    I don't mean to rub anything in, but Mike and I each came home about five pounds lighter than when we left due to all the hiking we did. However, I do now need to return to counting calories now that we're not hiking everyday!

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    1. I have been reading about the Yosemite fire. It is a real disaster for the park area. Glad you are home safe, sound and lighter than you left!

      We've been home 4 days and I've dropped two of the 8 extra pounds. Hopefully I'll be back to the proper weight before we leave for California in early October.

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  19. Really enjoyed seeing these photos Bob. I need to make my travel plans to Oregon soon! Just beautiful scenery and excellent photos. And how cool is it that you're able to turn online relationships into offline friendships:) That's the power of blogging.

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    1. We share a very good friend in Oregon, Galen Pearl. She is a major Vishnu fan and convinced me to add you to my blog roll.

      Turning virtual friendships into real ones is very gratifying. At the rate this is happening I may have to be on the road for a year just to meet all the folks who want to have a real face-to-face conversation. Even a Skype video call isn't nearly good enough.

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  20. The trend in photography today is to over-saturate the colors, over-sharpen the images, and increase to contrast too much. The pictures here are beautiful, but you might want to tone down the manipulation. The Northwest is beautiful without trying to make it look too much like National Geographic. Just a candid comment from one photographer to another. I like your posts. --WC

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    1. Your thoughts are very much appreciated. Sometimes it is too tempting to use all the tools in the toolbox.

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