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Archive for June, 2012

Did I say Newport?

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I dropped Dennis the hitch-hiker off in Newport, where he got a job on the docks. Interesting guy, Dennis. I hope he gets his boat back from La Paz, Mexico.

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Thank you both, Corey & Deb, for allowing me to see your solar/geothermal/eco-friendly house up close and in person. Along with Tys & Melissa in Boulder Creek, I feel I’m witnessing the revolution to sustainable energy firsthand. My photos barely hint at the labor of love you guys have put into your well thought out, well executed homestead. I learned something today. Thank you.

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For the real deal, here’s Corey’s web site:

http://www.ermunch.com/projects/omey_home.html

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Birds and more birds, at Mark and Trish’s in Yelm, WA. These critters drain both feeders in a matter of hours, then fly around complaining that there’s not any more seed. Ingrates all.

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East of Portland, along the original Lewis & Clark Highway, is Vista House, a way station for early 20th Century travelers. Claudia is a wonderful guide to the history and locations for the greater Portland area. Vista House lives up to its name, and the day was perfect for viewing the horizon. Bonneville Dam is barely visible in the distance.

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A Weekend in Portland, OR

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I am most grateful for my third host “family” – Claudia. Her 1921 home in a short distance from downtown, and in a most friendly neighborhood. My room was in the basement, just like my home. Her “spare room” was much bigger, and nicer. All the hard work she put into the restoral is amazing.

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_DSC0162Text will follow later. Just had to upload these videos while I’m taking care of other busniess. At Cape Overlook, OR. It was nice to have two different sand types, soft and hard. As this is self-videoed, the framing could have been better, but what the heck. And that’s a peace sign coming out the moon roof, not a high sign to Oregon drivers!

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When I was a kid, our family camped at Prairie Creek. Two stand-out memories: a monster trout in the creek, and the elk grazing nearby. I think I found the general area of our campsite, and the elk were out by Fern Canyon.  It was a beautiful day, cool with bright sunshine, so I made a couple of sandwichs in a redwood grove, and ate one right then and there. I cruised the campground, then reacquainted myself with the narrow, rutted access road to the canyon, about four miles of 15 mph road. Judy and I found an elk antler on the beach road section, laying right there in the middle of track. No such luck this time, but the males were accommodating down by the canyon.

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