April 2018 Spring Break AZ

Hello again from Team Hayunga!!

April 1st and it’s no joke- we went to Arizona on Spring Break!  We flew into Phoenix (PHX) and drove up to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  On our way back to Phoenix we stayed in Sedona.  The area was beautiful and we had many fun adventures!!!  We hiked, biked, Star-gazed and witnessed some amazing sunsets over the desert views.  The southwestern food was great, got jewelry made by a local Navajo artist and a print of the Milky Way over Sedona.  Along the way we passed the time in the car listening to Joe Strummer’s SW influenced “The Walker” album, as well as the soundtrack to Young Guns II by Bon Jovi. “Going dowwwwwn in a blaze of glory, no I never drew first but I drew fist blood. I’m no one’s son, call me young gunnnnnn….”

August Adventures

August 24: I move into my new classroom!!

After updating my 16 year old resume and taking some classes at the Vancouver Worksource, an amazing place to get some needed refreshers and assistance on writing resumes, interview skills, etc., I land three interviews after attending a job fair (all school districts should do this!!!).  There is a great need in this part of the country for Special Education teachers and I accept a position in Battle Ground, WA at Captain Strong Primary.  It is a 20 minute drive door to door, two exits North on Rt. 5, can it get any better?  I will NOT miss my 45 minute minimum drive from Rockaway to Rutherford!!  I will miss my middle school students as this is a Pre-K-4th grade elementary school and I will now be the Kindergarten-2nd grade Resource Room teacher!! What a shift- but, I like that I will be teaching kids with special needs at such a basic level and not as much content as I had been doing.  I will be teaching them the basics, number sense, alpha-knowledge (letters and sounds) and phonics which can be fun!  I have two weeks of new teacher training, then a week of start-up days, then off I go! Now to go through all these boxes I have inherited!

My class, room 25 from the outside.

 

 

Look what was here, our school librarian in Rutherford, Mary-Frances had this in her library! It’s a sign.
The view from my room. Sweet.
Getting my desk ready.

 

What am I going to do with all this stuff???

 

 

 

 

I found a cool place called Barrel Mountain Brewing Co. in Battle Ground, when is the first Happy Hour??  They have a patio and allow dogs, we will bring Roxie back on our next trip.  It reminds us of Salt in Byram, NJ- a gastro-pub type place with their own beers and amazing food!

 

 

August: 28: We have spent some time driving around the county on the 70 mile scenic highway and decide to rent kayaks in Ridgefield, a little town 30 minutes Northwest of us.  We kayak on Lake River, a tributary of the Columbia River near the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.  We are told to look for beavers, eagles and other wild life. Such a peaceful place, another beautiful sunny day at the end of the summer, wonder how much the house boats along the way cost?

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 16: The Grotto

August 16: We take Nancy to see The Grotto, the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother in NE Portland.  It is a Catholic sanctuary and garden run by the Monks of the Servite Order which opened in 1924 where a rock Grotto was carved out and which still holds outdoor services today.  The Grotto is touted as a “place of solitude, peace and prayer”.  The 62 acre Sanctuary has woods, gardens, multiple chapels, religious art and sculptures, shrines to Mary (the Sorrowful Mother) from all nations and cultures, a labyrinth and the Servite Monastery.  It truly was a place of peace and solitude and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day to walk around and take in the sights.

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Entering the Grotto, passing by the gift shop. We’ll be back!
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Calvary Scene, a white marble sculpture depicting the death of Jesus, made in Italy and brought here in 1951.
Surrounded by ferns, trees, flowers and moss, these marble panels are set in volcanic rock from Battle Ground, WA.
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St. Philip Benizi’s Retreat: an early Servite, St. Philip chose to live the life of a hermit in the mountains of Italy rather than serve as Pope. He ate only herbs and drank at a fountain and the water from this fountain is said to have healing powers.
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The Grotto: 30 feet wide, 30 feet deep and 50 feet high, it was carved in 1923. The Mother’s Day Mass is the most popular event held here, the tradition began in 1930 and has been held ever since. Sunday mass is held here May-September.
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Above the altar is a replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta which was placed here in 1946, made of Carrara marble and made when he was only 24 years old. The original is at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The statue depicts Mary holding Jesus on her arms, “Pieta” is Italian for “sorrow”.
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The Grotto is flanked by prayer candles on each side. I wish I knew, I would have brought one for Mom, Dad, Nana and Bocky.

 

 

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St. Peregrine Mosaic: a brother in the order of the Servants of Mary, he was diagnosed with cancer of the leg from years of standing during prayer and varicose veins. As the story goes, “on the night before the scheduled amputation of his leg, Peregrine dragged himself to the foot of the cross at the community chapter room and fell into a deep, trance-like sleep. Upon waking he discovered that his leg was completely cured.” (notice the gash in his leg in the mosaic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking into the circular area with bronze panels depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross. Most Catholic churches have portrayals of the Stations and are a popular devotion during Lent. They give worshipers guidance, comfort and inspiration.
“Whoa is me, the Son of God!”
Familiar symbols in the Catholic tradition: a dove, the sheep and cross, Jesus ascending, a crown and a panel with heavenly symbols used by all religions and cultures- the sun, moon and stars.
The Greatest Story Ever told- the immaculate conception, birth of Jesus, the Holy Family and Jesus as a boy.
We take the ten-story elevator to the upper level of the Grotto, originally built in 1929 but thankfully refurbished in 1986.
The Meditation Chapel: built in 1991, it rises from Rocky Butte where the glass wall lets you view Oregon, Washington and across the Columbia River Valley, where on a clear day you can see Mt. St. Helen’s and Mount Rainer.
The view from the chapel, looking NW over Portland and to Vancouver, WA in the distance. Below us is the Chapel of Mary. We will see this on our way out.

 

 

 

 

 

The center of this building is part of a cross that when lit at night, can be seen from Rt. 205 coming south from Vancouver to Portland. Inside (not well lit in this picture) is another, rare bronze copy of Michelangelo’s Pieta. It is one of only 12 copies created from the original.

 

St. Anne’s Chapel: This little building honors the mother of Mary with many paintings of the Madonna.
This painting depicts the founding seven holy members of the Servants of Mary. “Together, these seven prominent men in Florentine society, gave up their influential lives, fortunes, and oftentimes marriages, to consecrate themselves to Our Blessed Mother, and serve others at her direction.” “Together, on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in 1240, Our Lady appeared to them carrying a black habit, and a nearby angel bore a scroll reading Servants of Mary. She told them: “You will found a new Order, and you will be my witnesses throughout the world. This is your name: Servants of Mary. This is your rule: that of Saint Augustine. And here is your distinctive sign: the black scapular, in memory of my sufferings at the foot of the Cross.”
Our Lady of Guadalupe.

 

 

 

The painful Virgin. Veneration of the Sorrowful Mother on Mount Calvary.

 

The Monastery, completed in 1936, where the Servite friars live. They tend to the rose garden right outside their door, so peaceful and elegant.
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“The rose garden has produced many award-winning roses for many years.” Many of the roses have been dedicated to honor people’s mothers. The statue in the center is of the Assumption of Mary, which is believed by many that upon her death, Mary was “assumed” into heaven.

 

 

Our Lady of Lavang Vietnamese Shrine: this shrine honors the “apparition of Mary that appeared to Vietnamese Catholics as they hid in the jungle during the final years of the 18th century to avoid persecution for their faith.”
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe: (under construction) here Nancy poses as St. Maria who appeared in 1531 to Juan Diego, an Aztec who converted to the Catholic faith after seeing her and being instructed to build a temple on the spot to her. She gives him multiple signs and the most well known is the painting of her standing on a crescent moon (an Aztec symbol) with her arms folded in prayer. The shrine still stands today in what is now Mexico City.
Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Shrine: this shrine holds a replica of the “Black Madonna”, the original image has been darkened by centuries of soot from candles and incense. This icon has protected Constantinople, was slashed by an arrow and sword, and has been said to bring death upon anyone who tries to move it. Pope John Paul II prayed in front of it in his three visits to Poland.
The start of the labyrinth, the rock says, “Welcome to the Grotto Labyrinth, a replica of the medieval labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral in France. Use the labyrinth as a meditative walk, a spiritual pilgrimage, or a healing journey. As you begin your walk, open your heart and mind to the presence of God. Follow the single path at your own pace in silence. If you encounter others, simply let them pass. The path leads to the center, a place of prayer and insight. Return when you are ready, follow the path out. May God be with you as you journey through life.”
Nancy and I on the journey…

The Chapel of Mary: Dedicated in 1955 built of rock from the Rocky Butte Quarry, it has an 110 foot bell tower, with a gold dome and cross. You can see it in the picture from the Medication Chapel.  Above the door is a portrayal of Christ’s baptism. The stained glass window depicts the resurrection of Christ.
Inside the Chapel of Mary: The paintings inside were done by Jose De Soto who painted for churches in the US and Europe. He also painted movie sets for 20th Century Fox! Above the altar is the “Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mother in Heaven”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This stained glass window depicts the Resurrection of Christ, is 25 feet tall and was made in 1954.

 

 

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(Not my pic but…) this is what the cross on the Mediation Chapel looks like lit up at night. We’ve seen it coming over Rt. 205 on our way to the airport in the early morning.

In case you want to visit, check out their website: https://thegrotto.org/  We wanted to go back for the Festival of Lights (not THAT Festival of Lights, silly!) but it was canceled due to icy weather this year.  Oh well, next year!

On to lunch…  We hit up some nearby food trucks for a must-do in Portland before Nancy goes home.

Eating at Rose City Food Park, we can each get whatever cuisine we want! YUM!!!
So many to choose from! And we can sit at the picnic benches under the tents.  It’s nice to sit after walking the 62 acres of the Grotto.
Nancy chooses Asian.
Bacon and PDX, a perfect match! I choose a gyro from Istanbul Delight and Ron gets Chili Rellenos.

Sunday August 14: The ‘Couve

Sunday August 14: We start the day at the Vancouver Farmer’s Market, Nancy can’t get over the flowers.  Wish we could get some for her to take home.  Then we take a Trolley tour of Portland and learn some interesting history of the city.  We end the day with dinner and drinks on the Columbia River at Beaches restaurant, where Nancy runs into the lady she sat next to on the plane! We are sent home with fresh caramel popcorn and amazing customer service!

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Captain George Vancouver liked the flowers too!
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She can’t believe the bouquets are only 10 bucks!

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All aboard the pink trolley!

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Enjoying the view, the breeze and the smell of the roses as we drive past the zoo and near the Rose Garden.
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The Rose Garden with Mt. Hood in the distance!

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Getting back on for the last leg of the tour. Ding Ding!
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Who’s that great looking team in the window? Oh, it’s us!
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Say, “Beaches!”
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First a sip, yum.
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Then a pic, smile!
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A couple of hot rods!
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Beaches outdoor patio, right on the water front.

Sat. August 13: Astoria, OR

Saturday August 13: We drive out to the coast. First to Cannon Beach, the town is lovely but the fog hasn’t burned off.  We go out on the beach but can’t even see the Pacific Ocean. : (  We eat lunch at Bill’s Tavern, a place Ron and I haven’t been to in over a decade adn that Uncle Richie used to take us to! Glad it’s still here, now I can enjoy a Marionberry beer!  Then we try to see Haystack Rock, well known to Goonies fans, but again the fog is too thick. So we head North to Astoria and visit with Chrissy’s Aunt Joanie!!!! So happy she’s back in Astoria and it’s great to meet her new hubby, John.  We tour the town and then meet up for dinner at the Fort George Brewery and Public House.

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Cannon Beach, a cute little coastal town. Shops, galleries, and great restaurants.

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The beach!!!! Way out in the distance beyond the fog is the Mighty Pacific Ocean!

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I get the Blackberry Beauty, a fruity wheat ale. Can’t believe we forgot the Growler again!!!

 

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Bill’s Tavern, Ron and were last here almost a decade ago! Cannon Beach now has 3 Breweries, but you can’t beat the original.

 

 

 

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Nancy can’t believe there are signs for this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chrissy stops along the road from Cannon Beach to Astoria to pick some berries! YUM!

 

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Astoria is the Northern most city in Oregon.  In 1811 Fort Astoria was built and a fur trading company was established the following year by John Jacob Astor, the town’s namesake.

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Welcome to Astoria, the oldest European-American settlement west of the Rockies! This is where Lewis and Clark ended their 2 1/2 year expedition to explore the land west of the Mississippi River.
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On the drive in we can see the Megler Bridge that leads to WA.
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The view down Commercial Street.

 

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We stop in to see Chrissy’s Aunt Joanie who just moved back to Astoria with her new husband!  Uncle Richie and Joanie lived here for years and I have fond memories of visiting them and exploring Astoria.  She gives us good tips of what to see around town and we plan to meet up for dinner.  There is a regatta going on and she is going to the parade and to hear live music!  We also popped into the Visitor’s Center and got the scoop on the Goonies House and school used in Kindergarten Cop.

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The white house with black roof and curtains in the front window is the Goonie house. This is as close as we can get.
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This is the school Arnold Schwarzenegger used to shoot Kindergarten Cop in 1990.

 

 

 

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Nancy spots one of the free lending libraries in town. They say, “take a book, leave a book.” She just happens to pick, “How to become a Legend”.

 

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We find out there is a trail named in honor of my Uncle Richie that leads to Cathedral Tree. This trail is near his house, he used to walk us in this forest. It is here that I saw my first big yellow slug!

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Whoa!!!! I almost step on this, (that would have been squishy!) But Ron spots it on the trail! Now Ron and Nancy can see what I meant!

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Almost there, you can’t tell how large it is until…
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…we stand inside the roots!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As Captain Clark said in his journal, “Ocian in view!”, except that this is only the Columbia River. He didn’t know they had not yet reached the Ocean.

 

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One tree lovingly is joined to the other by their roots.

 

We drive up to the Astoria Column, we could have hiked the rest of the Richard Fencsak Trail, but decide this is faster.  The Column stands atop Coxcomb Hill, 600 feet above the town.  It stands 125 ft tall and has 164 steps to the top.  The Column was designed in the fashion of a Roman column with bas-relief pictures depicting the early explorers of the Pacific Coast.

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Counting the steps as we go. 1,2,3…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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100, 101, 102…

 

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Almost there!

 

 

 

 

 

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We made it! The view from the platform at the top! Hi Nancy!
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A panorama of the view. Very tricky way up here!
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Ron’s view.

This is a view of the Megler Bridge that we saw as we drove in to Astoria.  This bridge is 4.4 miles long and takes you to Washington across the Columbia river.  Where the bridge is lower in the water, sand bars can be seen during low tides! The bridge rises as it goes over another channel near the Washington Coast.

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Chrissy’s view.

 

 

 

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It’s still so foggy even in the afternoon!

Ron, Nancy and I walk along the riverwalk.  Astoria is home to a few microbrews, riverfront dining, shopping along Commercial Way and the Maritime Museum where Uncle Richie used to work.  It is also home to his store, Bikes and Beyond, now run by his partners.

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Look who we spot walking the plank, I mean the street! Wish we had some to rum! Yo ho!

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The Astor Hotel, now apartments.
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Dinner at the St. George Brewery and Public House with Joanie and John. We watch the sun set over the Columbia.

Nancy visits the PNW!

August 11-17: Nancy flew all the way out to WA to visit us!!! We are so happy to see a familiar face.  We will take her from the mountains to the coast and all over Vancouver and Portland.

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The bagels are here!!!!! Oh, and so is Nancy! ; )

First day out: The Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls then Mt. Hood and lunch at Timberline Lodge.  It’s going to be 90º here today, so it will be nice to be up in the mountains where it’s about 10 degrees cooler.  As we drive along the Gorge we stop at a Lavender farm we see on the way.

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Driving along the Gorge.
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Lavender and sunflowers.
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Nancy at the falls!
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Ron and mom!

 

 

 

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Driving up Rt. 26, we see mt. Hood in the distance…

 

 

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It’s getting closer…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We made it!
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No, I did not enhance the sky in this picture!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timberline Lodge was built in 1937, and President F.D. Roosevelt dedicated the building as a monument to the workers who crafted it as part of the WPA or Works Progress Administration.  It’s known as the “People’s Lodge” because of the fine craftsmanship found throughout. Furniture, stained glass, art work, metal work, and wood carvings were all made by local artists and with native materials.

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Remember “The Shining”?  Exterior shots and aerial shots of the hotel were used in the movie.
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Here’s Johnny!

 

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Out front of Timberline Lodge. 6,000 ft up!
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The shape of the roof line was designed to complement the ridges and slopes of the mountain.

 

 

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Enjoying a drink and some local cheeses at the Ram’s Head Bar. We score a window seat and enjoy the view.

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The metal sign on the hexagonal fireplace reads: Timberline Lodge Elevation 6,000 Summit of Mt. Hood 11,245 Timberline lodge to Summit 3.6 mi Timberline Lodge to Mt. Jefferson 46 mi Snow Depth Average at Timberline 21 ft

 

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They still use the old mailboxes with dials and carved eagles on them.

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“I am very keen about travel, not only personally – you know that – but also about travel for as many Americans as can possibly afford it, because those Americans will be getting to know their own country better; and the more they see of it, the more they will realize the privileges which God and nature have given to the American people”. FDR 1937
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Mt. Jefferson in the distance.

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Dinner in PDX at the Waterfront Bite of Portland food and drink festival. Is there a weekend here when they DON’T have a festival?

 

 

 

 

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Music, beer, wine and local food, what could better?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheers!

Hiking Cape Horn

May 29: Hiking Cape Horn in Washington state along the Columbia River Gorge. We took Roxie for a day hike and views of the Gorge.

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You wish you were here!
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A hint of what we’ll see…
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On our way up a blanket of clouds covers. Stratus clouds up in the sky.
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Looking across the Gorge to Oregon. I think I see a beaver down there! Dam!

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A man and his dog and her water bowl.
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Stopping for a drink and rest.
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The view at the Nancy Russel Overlook.
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The post hike beer. We stop at 54′ 40′ for a flight of beers. The light beers are so refreshing after the 5.2 miles hike to the overlook. Ron’s favorite is an IPA called the Broken Record.

A little 54°40′ HISTORY from their website:

In 1844 the Oregon Territory spanned the modern states of Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, as well as the western coast of Canada up to the border of Russian Alaska. Both Great Britain and America claimed the territory.
President James K. Polk tapped into the public mood and the prevalent attitude of manifest destiny in the U.S. that called for expansion into Texas, California, and the entire Oregon territory. The northern boundary of Oregon was the latitude line of 54 degrees, 40 minutes. “Fifty-four forty or fight!” was the popular slogan that led Polk to victory against all odds.

Polk boldly declared to Great Britain that joint occupation would end within one year. The British were confident they could win, but by 1846 they were vastly outnumbered in Oregon by a margin of greater than six to one. In June of that year, Britain proposed splitting Oregon at the 49th parallel. Polk agreed to the compromise, and conflict was avoided.

Move in and B-day week!

April 26-May 1st:  So it’s finally here, move in day and Chrissy’s B-day!  Guess what Ron got me for my b-day, a new house!!! JK!  ; )  So we found a house to rent in Salmon Creek/Vancouver, Washington.  No, we did not move to British Columbia, but as the election looms closer, Canada does look pretty good!  Salmon Creek is an “unincorporated” part of Vancouver.   We are still learning exactly what that means and what services we get out here.  We are 15 minutes north of downtown Portland and about 10 minutes north of downtown Vancouver, also known as, “The ‘Couv”.  We still like Portland, but in this market, had to go a little further out to find what we needed and not sure we’re ready yet for “city-life”.  The slogan for Portland is “Keep Portland Weird”, the slogan here is, “Keep Vancouver Normal”.  The downtown offers restaurants, a large farmers market, breweries, an independent movie theater, record stores, etc.  It’s like a smaller, cleaner Portland.  : )

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Wheeling it out to the car.
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A lighter load now that we can move it a few days at a time. There’s a bit more room compared to how jam packed we filled it when we first left!
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Yeah, the new house and happy couple!

For my birthday we go to a little German place in Portland that we found on our last visit out here called Prost!  I thoroughly enjoy my beer cheese soup, sample sausage plate and wash them down with a delicious Franziskaner Weissbeir.  Prost indeed!

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A beautiful bouquet of Gerber daisies from the best hubby ever! Along with some b-day cards from family. Thank you for thinking of me!!!
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Das ist kostlich! This is delicious!

 

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A Weissbier, beer cheese soup, two brats, a pickle, rye bread and sauerkraut, is there a better way to celebrate? Next order of business…find a gym!
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My Franziskaner and Ron’s Kostritzer Schwarzbier.
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Birthday dessert, from Belching Beaver Brewery and Tillamook ice cream- a vanilla ice cream and peanut butter stout float. Yum-o!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As they say, “only in Portland”…here’s a bike shop/bar/restaurant.  Get your bike repaired while you sip a beer and chow down on a burger!  It was across from a mini mall with a deli/bar, smoke shop, hairdresser, and downstairs, an antique mall!  Kinda reminded me of the old Bergen Mall, it just needed a doll shop, chapel, and a baseball card store.

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You can have a beer while your bike gets fixed, then ride home!

Our first meal in the new house, pizza! We are so crafty using the box as plates since we don’t have any of our boxes from NJ yet!

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We are holding a food drive soon, all people in NJ please mail us pizza and bagels!
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Salmon Creek is outlined in red. We are right where Rt. 5 and Rt. 205 meet, so we have easy access to both east and west Vancouver and Portland. Seattle is about 3 hours north on Rt. 5.

Pizza Week

April 18-24 is Pizza Week here in Portland.  Many pizzerias create a special $2.00 pizza they only offer this week by the slice.  We know that $2 is not a crazy good deal by us for a slice, but when you read the descriptions of the toppings of some of these and realize what you will get, it is not bad!  Plus, for only $3 at some places, they also serve it with a Widmer Hefe.

imageApril 20th: Our first stop, De Nicola’s “The Best of Italy” slice. This was an old Italian restaurant, here for 38 years as you can tell in the decor.  There was a small wedding reception in the other room and of course, maps of Italy place mats under the glass (reminded me of a pizza place in Rutherford).  They wrote that the crust was “foldable with just the right amount of crunch“, but we found it a little tougher and more like a frozen crust (they do have to crank out quite a few of these each night for a week).  But the toppings were good- a house made marinara sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, and basil pesto with a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.

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Goes well with my Hefe.
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Sitting in a booth enjoying our pizza slices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 22: Next stop: Sizzle Pie Northeast, “Everybody Wants Some” slice.   Being that this is Portland, this pie is made with Vegetarian friendly cheese, but the picture in the paper and description made us interested.  “Made with fantastically creamy vodka sauce, nestled between Sizzle Pie’s soft, floppy in the best way crust and a layer of stretchy Asiago cheese.  Savory garlic wafts from the surface and adds a touch to match the bold roasted red peppers, while fresh strips of basil add a blast of Italian flavor to the slice.” This was our favorite, it was delicious, as close to a NY/NJ pie as we will probably get out here.  Great crust, had to fold it to eat it and Ron loved the amount of garlic on it!  It also had strips of onion and check out the picture- a bubble on the crust, nice!  However, at $17-28 for their pies, not sure how often we will go back!  But, you have to check out their menu, the names alone will crack you up!  http://sizzlepie.com/MENUS

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Yum!!!!!!!

 

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April 22: We take a break from all the pizza and head to Hair of the Dog Brewing Company’s tasting room. Ron got the Doggie Claws which is a barley wine.

April 24: SFNYP, or Straight from NY Pizza.  The slice is called, “The Spanish Bomb.” This is a white slice with Romesco- a nuts and red pepper sauce and globs of caramelized onions. The spiral drizzle of the red sauce reminds us of the pizza at Grotto in Rehoboth.   It’s good, but Sizzle Slice was better.  After eating we head next door to a record shop.  That’s right folks, they actually still do exist and Ron is determined to check them all out here, no matter how small. Inside they have a phone booth listening room.

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I find a copy of the folk group, “The Rooftop Singers.”  I can remember my mother listening to this…”walk right in, step right up, baby let your hair hang down…everybody’s talking ’bout a new way of walkin’, do you want to loose your mind?”

April 23: Downtown Vancouver.  There is craft beer outside of Portland, and if we are going to live here in Vancouver, we better check them out!  First one is Heathen Brewing, at their Feral Public House.  Ron orders cod tacos and I have the Caesar salad, we split their beer cheese soup- the best I’ve had since Old Forge Brewery in Danville, PA. It is made with their Arson Amber, cheddar, cream, and spices.

Heathen Brewing - Micro Beer and Kegs | Vancouver WA Portland OR

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We get some samples, not pictured is the berry ale which came after this. It was the best! A yummy fruity seasonal.
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Hard to tell in the picture, but in the center of the bar is a lit up model of a bridge. The taps are on the uprights and the screens in the background have the ever changing beer list.
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This is the sink in the ladies bathroom! I normally don’t take pictures in the restroom, but when you see a keg and tap as a sink and faucet, I had to whip it out. Oh, wait- that sounded wrong… I took out- my camera.
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So then, Ron had to whip it out to take a picture in the men’s bathroom of the keg urinal. HIS CAMERA, you dirty minds!