Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Spending time in Portland

Well, shame on me for not posting sooner, but we've gotten a little off track.  Getting to Portland was pretty uneventful, but with lost of pretty scenery.

Mountain views

Lots of greenery

As many of you know, the day after we got to Portland, Sid fell from the back of the truck and broke/cracked several ribs.  We spent a morning in an emergency room and, I have to say, got wonderful treatment, although we had to wait over an hour for an Xray technician.  This little incident has cost us quite a bit in terms of not getting to do or see much from here on out.

But we've had wonderful visits with Cassie and Greg during the down time.  They live in a small apartment across the street from a beautiful park.   It was really nice to see them in their own environment. And we got to do a little sight-seeing along the way.
At home with Greg and Cassie

One day was spent in Salem, Oregon, at the State Capital., just south of Portland.   It's a beautiful building made of marble and has a lovely park all around it.

The State Capitol of Oregon
Front doors

Original Columns saved during renovation

Ode to Beavers?

Honoring the Traveling Preacher

WW II Memorial.
My baby boy!

Something I've not seen before were electric car charging stations.  Haven't seen a car at one of them but they're available if you need 'em!
Electric Car Charging Station

For a different model, I guess

Willamette University was right across the street.  It reminds me a lot of DU.

Another day, Cassie took me for a ride along one of Oregon's Scenic Byways outside Portland.  The Historic Columbia River Highway is a beautiful drive through the woods and past several state parks with spectacular waterfalls.

Historic Columbia River Highway

Me in front of Bridal Veil Falls

Multnomah Falls Visitor Center

Bridal Veil Falls
We stopped at Vista House, an observatory on a rock outcropping overlooking the Colombia River.  Beautiful views!

The day before we were scheduled to leave Portland, Chris surprised us by coming up for some work in Portland, staying with Cassie and Greg.  It was wonderful to have my whole family (less the 4 legged members!) together!

Dinner at a brew pub

My boys!

One of the 4 legged family members!

Due to Sid's continuing pain and the danger of developing pneumonia, we decided to stay an extra day in Portland, skip the coast portion of the trip and head straight to Chris's house in Oakridge.  He was unable to bend over or really use his right side at all and needed to be in a place where he could just rest.  We said goodbye to the kids and Greg was able to get the trailer all hooked up for us.

So, with a lot of sadness, both at leaving Greg and Cassie and having to give up our 10 days on the beach, we headed south to the central Oregon mountains!

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