Southern passage through Oregon on I-5

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Our next stop heading south was Wilsonville, Oregon, the halfway point between Portland and Salem.  Steve was due for his quarterly doctor visit in Tucson, AZ and months ago he had chosen Portland as his getaway airport.  It was an uneventful rainy day while he was away, but a very happy day upon his return when he told me his oncologist won’t need to see him again for a whole year! 🙂 Continue reading

Breezing over the Oregon Trail – Eastern Oregon

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Like the emigrants before us, we continued our northward trajectory and crossed into eastern Oregon.  We wanted to stay at Baker, close to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, but due to a rally event all campgrounds were fully booked. That seems to be happening more and more often these days…

So instead, Betsy hauled us up onto Flagstaff Hill, where the center itself was located with lots of parking. Continue reading

Discovering the “Alps of Oregon ” prt. 2 – Wallowa County, OR

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This is the second of a 2-part series covering our fabulous week in Wallowa County, OR.  You can check out part 1 here.

Day 4- Mountain High on the Wallowa Lake Tram

During our six+ years of travel, we’ve always tried to partake in activities that give us a unique perspective on the area we’re visiting.  One of those activities is riding trams to mountaintops where we can experience the majesty of the surrounding area.  We had an opportunity to do just that here in Joseph, as we rode the Wallowa Lake Tramway up to the 8,000′ peak of Mt. Howard.  It was a fourteen-minute trip up in what the operators claim is the steepest four-person gondola ride in North America. Continue reading

Discovering the “Alps of Oregon”, prt. 1 – Wallowa County,OR

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From Idaho we crossed into the far northeast corner of Oregon, with our sights set on the towns of Wallowa County – Joseph, Enterprise, Lostine, and Wallowa.  When making our reservations in January we wanted to stay in the small town of Joseph, about which we’d heard great things.  But apparently, a lot of other folks had heard great things before we had, so with everything booked up there we ended up at Wallowa River RV Park in the little town of Wallowa. Continue reading

Maintenance and a quick visit with Raven and Chickadee

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Ginko Biloba

Rain continued to accompany us on our travel days as we headed down to Grants Pass, Oregon. Continue reading

In and around charming Bend, Oregon

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Mt Bachelor Compass

So much has been blogged about how beautiful and charming the city of Bend is.  We scheduled a five-day stop to experience what the buzz was all about.  During our short visit, we saw why some folks we’ve met have gushed about it and considered moving here.

We learned that Bend offers a good balance of beautiful scenery surrounded by several majestic peaks of the Cascade Mountains.  And we loved the laid-back lifestyle and diversity of outdoor activities.  Although our late October arrival date made us subject to some chilly and rainy weather, we really enjoyed this place. Continue reading

Our Top 7 Favorite Biking Trails-1st Anniversary Post Part 2

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Tools of the Trade

Why 7?  Because we just couldn’t fit all of our favorites in a Top 5!

When we’re at an RV park or near a place with good biking trails, we try to take advantage of them as much as we can (weather permitting).  As Steve keeps reminding me, If we have to lug these bikes around let’s use them.  Okay, lets do it! Continue reading

Our Top 10 Favorite Hikes – 1st Anniversary Post

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A year ago today (March 1st, 2012), Steve and I made the final move into our RV and began our adventures on the road.  Wow, how time flies!  One of our goals is to continue to be active and exercise whenever we can.  As you might guess, in this lifestyle it can be easy to just sit, blog, eat, blog, read, blog and fail to get our blood flowing and pumping.  To commemorate our first year of full-timing, we thought it would be fun to share our favorite hiking and biking trails.  Who knows, you might find yourself in the neighborhood of one of these locales and decide to give it a try. Continue reading