August 20, 2013

Retirement Lifestyle and Oregon in Pictures

Our three week stay in Oregon has one week to go. Next Wednesday we fly home with a camera full of photos, and memories of great times with special friends, both old and new. The sad truth is we don't know when we will be back. There are family factors that might prevent an extended stay for the foreseeable future. But, I'd rather concentrate on what a special time this vacation has been.

Last week's post, Our Oregon Vacation Update: Loving it!, detailed the first part of the trip. This time around I am going to let Betty's pictures carry most of the load, with a few location explanations by me.

Hoyt Arboretum and Washington Park are city parks that feel a million miles away from the freeways and cars, yet are less than 10 minutes from downtown. Washington Park is home to the Rose Gardens and the amazing Japanese Gardens.










We are staying in a friend's condo in Hillsboro, a city about 20 minutes west of Portland. Every Tuesday during the summer months, several downtown streets are closed off and turned into a gigantic farmer's market and classic car show.





Betty and Earl Torris (see the Hops T-Shirt)

Barbara Torris and me (looking a bit relaxed)


Hillsboro is also home to a Class A minor league team, affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks. They have a beautiful new stadium for their brand new team. Good friends Barbara and Earl Torris took us to game last week for a perfect night at the ball game.





No, this isn't an upside down artichoke - it is the team mascot of the Hillsboro Hops
Blogging buddy and dear friend, Galen Pearl, accompanied us to Oregon wine country, about an hour south of Hillsboro. Last year Betty and I visited Red Ridge Farms winery and Olive Mill but Galen couldn't make the trip. This time we had the pleasure of her company.













The Columbia River Gorge, Cannon Beach, and meeting Mike and Tamara Reddy are still to come. That will make a perfect post next week.

Now, we are off to walk through Dawson Creek park, with a few miles of trails, seven ponds, gorgeous planting, and hundreds of ducks.

See ya!

18 comments:

  1. Absolutely AWESOME photos! Betty, your backyard makeover was amazing; this convinces me you have a real artistic eye. My mom, uncle & sister are all artists & my daughter is a good photographer. I see that same skill in you. Thank you for both for sharing the photos. Real travel is great; armchair travel is also a lot of fun.

    I'm so glad you are enjoying your trip & looking forward to seeing you in October.

    pam

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    1. Give Betty a camera and turn her loose in almost any setting and the pictures will be amazing. All the comments on this blog have slowly begun convincing her to start posting more of her work on Pinterest, a photo/visual-driven social media site.

      Once our October dates are firm in your part of the state I'll let you know. Hopefully, we will be able to put faces and voices to names!

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  2. Those pictures and your and Betty's smiles are a real advertisement for retirement! I had the pleasure of a visit to Oregon 2 years ago, a friend of mine inherited the home she grew up in, in Medford, and she invited me up for a visit. She drove me to the redwoods, some beaches, and through some green rolling hills.. and with her Aunt Iris, we took a ladies' day trip up to Crater Lake too (AWESOME.......) It definitely makes me want to see MORE.. Betty's pictures are tantalizing!

    I hope Az. cools off some before you get back..this week is oppressively hot..can't go out in the day time.. I have cabin fever..

    Thanks for taking time to share your adventures!

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    1. We are going to have a bit of a struggle adapting back to triple digit temperatures. This morning it is 54 degrees outside our condo in Hillsboro while it is 85 in Scottsdale!

      Southern Oregon is a whole new set of surprises to discover during a future trip. I know a trip to Crater Lake is a must.

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  3. I agree with Madeline - if there was ever a poster couple for the joys of living a satisfying retirement, you two would be the choice. Beautiful scenery, happy people, sunny skies (in Oregon no less!) - living the good life. Enjoy! :)

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    1. What a nice thing to say, Dave. Thank you! I can assure you we worked to get to this place in our retirement journey. There were more than a few adjustments and mistakes. But, the payoff has been tremendous.

      If we are ever rolling through the south bay area of California, I will want to meet the man in the Hawaiian shirt and maybe take him to a Sharks game. That would be you!

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  4. Great pictures -- the Pacific Northwest is hard to beat in the summer time!

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  5. You make me love my life even more than I do. Tell Betty her pictures are gorgeous.

    Barbara

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  6. AWESOME Pictures! Betty has a Great eye for Photography. Glad you are enjoying your little adventure. Bob, guess where the new Hillsboro Hops class A baseball team came from? They use to be the Yakima Bears, my hometown! They were here for 11 years, until they moved south. Not enough support here anymore I guess. It looked like the stadium was pretty full, which is great to see. It's funny that they are called the Hops, since over 77% of the total United States hop crop is grown in the Yakima valley :-)

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    1. I may start to get a little jealous of all the "awesome" mentions for Betty's photos! Not really. They give this blog some nice artistic class.

      I still think that mascot looks like an artichoke.

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  7. Nice pics, guys. Enjoy the remainder of the trip, and keep us up to date on the proceedings. Always enjoy seeing others making the most of their retirements.

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    1. Thanks, Chuck. The temperature outside the condo this morning is in the mid 50's. That may not seem like a big deal to most, but to us desert rats it is a blessed break from the heat.

      Our youngest daughter flew up to join us. Today we are off to the beach.

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  8. We are in the Portland area right now, and we are enjoying the weather so much! I am glad you've enjoyed this respite from AZ temps.

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    1. It has been almost perfect...even the clouds and rain are a welcome change from our normal August conditions at home. Interestingly, for most of the past week I see that Scottsdale has had some rain and been in the 90's. I hope that pattern holds for awhile!

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  9. You both look so relaxed. This is what a vacation should be! Loving the pictures!
    b

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    1. Yes, Barb, we are. The timing seems to be right, too. We are starting to get ready to be home, see our dog and reconnect with my dad and our grandkids, daughter, and son-in-law.

      Vacations are a necessary break from normal, even for us retired folks. But, Betty and I both are feeling the pull of home. By Wednesday when we board the plane we will be switching mindsets and ready to re-engage with our life and schedule at home and prepare for an RV trip in October.

      Actually Betty has done well with the photos this trip. So far she has taken only about 2,500, many of which are stunning.

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    2. ONLY 2500??!! omg...I know the work ahead of her and do not envy her at all!

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    3. Actually, as of this morning she has passed 3,200 with two days to go!

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