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April in Oregon

I was actually supposed to go to Oregon in March but of course the whole vertigo episode kept me from getting out of bed much less boarding a plane. Let me make a note to have all of you remind me not to fly United again if I can help it. More leg room does not make up for less butt room. Some of us are not fashion model dimensions.

Oh and if you get your tickets on Cheap Tickets.com, do everything in your power to use them for the flight you reserved them for. Yes, you can cancel your reservation and get a credit but then Cheap Tickets charges you a processing fee and the airline charges a change fee so when you rebook your cheap ticket ends up being more than a normal priced ticket.

OK, to start out with, all the photos from the trip can be seen Here and most are self explanatory.

Anyway, the Pacific Northwest was once again amazing. My new and good friend nayrene acted as my tour guide. As guide's go, she was the kind you really want. She told me the things I just had to see but gave me lots of leeway to just say, "Do you know where any cool rock formations are?" She also found us a condo on the beach in Newport, OR where we could stay for free. Free is always good.

We didn't get to see everyone in Seattle that we wanted to, mostly because of a time drain caused by getting our rental car towed. Yes that's right, we got towed by the big Pink Toe Truck.

That little excursion cost us a couple hours and cost me $125 to get the car out of impound. To add insult to injury, the City of Seattle gave me a $38 parking ticket on top of the Tow.

We did get to see my brother Joe and his beautiful girl Rhia whom I'd never met and went for drinks and live music with them in Ballard. Also saw the sunset on the Ballard Locks. The next day we ate fabulous food on 15th street and spent the morning exploring Capital Hill before going to the market and spending obscene amounts of money on things like $50 per pound morel mushrooms that had I waited a couple weeks I could have (and did) pick for free on my farm. But we needed them for a recipe. Then we got towed and that was pretty much it for Seattle.

We drove back down to Oregon and spent the remainder of the week around Newport.

I gotta say for such a small town, that place has so much going for it. Festivals all the time, an active surfing community, live music nightly, it's own brewery and tons of great restaurants. We ate at a different place every night and never had a bad meal.

The trip was highly relaxing. I got to see cousins of mine in Corvallis and meet one for the first time since she was born there. I also went up to Salem one day to meet with an old buddy, Dan Black Coal. Dan and I met in NM in 1990 and then in 93 when I was going through the divorce, he graciously offered to let me stay with him in Denver. We ended up crammed into a 1 bedroom apartment in a complex full of pimps and drug dealers and surrounded by a prairie dog colony that was always getting quarantined for bubonic plague but it was home for a bit. I owed Dan $50 since 1994 and had not seen him since then. He'd forgotten all about it but being he was the last person I owed money to in this world I really wanted to pay him back. That made him happy and he bought us lunch. Really good to reconnect with him...really good.

The rest of the week was filled with way too much food, way too much good booze and way too little time to get to know a good friend.

1300 miles driven
5200 miles flown
6 gallons of beer consumed
6 live music acts seen
3 pounds of bacon consumed
approximately 3 whole salmon and 1 wahoo eaten
way too much creme brulee
1700 Photos shot
Many new friends made - priceless

Then the flight back was delayed by rain in Chicago. Can you believe not wanting to land because of rain? 4 hours delay because of a weather condition the people in the Pacific Northwest deal with daily.

We got into O'Hare so late on a Sunday that we were the only flight in the terminal. No one at Security, no one at the check in desks. On the automatic train ride out to the economy parking lots there were about 30 people and that's it. The automatic voice that announces the stops might as well have been saying "This train services the following destinations: Limbo, Purgatory, Heaven and Hell!"

Seriously, I was wondering if during the disturbing amount of turbulence over the high plains we didn't just crash and now we were all dead. It was that surreal!

Going to work the next day was not at all fun. No more cold glasses of Menage a' Frog and no more wild caught salmon. *Sigh* At least nayrene is coming to the midwest soon. She'll be visiting her sister in KC in a couple weeks and will then be coming with me to the farm for a few days. I'm looking forward to that.




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May. 5th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Oregon is a great place.

And, hmm, regarding Limbo - have you heard, the Pope had closed it several years ago. There's no Limbo now. Non-baptized kids go straight to heaven.
May. 5th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
It's funny to me that the Pope things he has control over things like that. But I guess we'll all find out sooner or later. Thanks!

May. 5th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
In my next life, I think I want to be a blonde.
May. 5th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Why prey tell?

May. 5th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
To see what's so special about it. To be beautiful.
May. 6th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
I've always had the worst luck with blondes. I don't see what's any more special about them.

May. 5th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that you got a ticket as well as your car towed by a big, pink toe truck. But hey... you got towed by a big pink toe truck! ;P
May. 6th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Yeah it was too hard to be mad at them after seeing the toe truck. Plus they wished us a "better day" when we were leaving.

May. 6th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
We didn't get to see everyone in Seattle that we wanted to

Or everyone who wanted to see you. *sighs* Sorry to have missed you!

What a lousy experience (the ticket and towing), but at least you were among friends. Still ... would have liked to have had a chance to say hi.
May. 6th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
I'm thinking I'll be back again this year. Maybe in the Fall.

May. 6th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Awesome. Let me know when so I can figure out scheduling. :)
May. 6th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
I would be proud to be to(e/w)ed by that truck. Not so proud about paying the fees, though.
May. 6th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
The fees were a bitch. I'm used to cities that just warn about towing and give tickets instead so I didn't head he warnings about feeding the meter.

May. 6th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had another awesome trip. That's one part of the country I've never been to and would love to see.
May. 6th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
There is really too much to see there. I spent a week and couldn't possibly take it all in even in the small town I occupied. I didn't really even get to the mountains or even a significant part of the coast. Of course the beer drinking had an effect on that I'm sure.

May. 9th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
If you can get the city you want, Southwest is very liberal with their exchange policy.
May. 11th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I love flying Southwest. They just don't always fly where I need to go.

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