Category Archives: Oregon

The Oregon Coast – Part 2

Astoria, Oregon

Check Out – The Oregon Coast – Part 1

Pirates & Goonies

Astoria was the setting for multiple movies; The Goonies (1985), Kindergarten Cop (1990), Free Willey (1993), Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), and Into the Wild (2007) to name a few.

The Astoria-Megler Bridge

The Astoria-Megler Bridge spans the Columbia River and links the Oregon and Washington sections of the Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. 101). The bridge is the longest continuous three-span through-truss bridge in the world. Amazing Feat of Engineering!

I cannot imagine being a settler in Astoria trying to travel across the mouth of the Columbia River by canoe! No Thank You! The 1st commercial ferry service did not arrive until 1921. Then construction began in 1962 of the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

Interesting Facts:

  • 1,356 days after construction began, the bridge was ready for its dedication on August 27, 1966.
  • There would be a toll gate to help pay for the bridge. aka “The Bridge to Nowhere”
  • 1st year – 206, 216 vehicles crossed the bridge.
  • By 1993, more than 1.6 millions vehicles a year were crossing the bridge and the toll was removed on December 24, 1993.
  • Today about 6,000 cars a day cross the bridge! aka “Bridge to the World”

The Astoria Column

The Astoria Column is a tower overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River on Coxcomb Hill. The Astoria Column was built in 1926 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The 125-foot column has a 164-step spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck at the top.

Interesting Facts:

  • The tower was built in 1926 with financing by the Great Northern Railway and Vincent Astor, the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, in commemoration of the city’s role in the family’s business history.
  • The first Community Antenna Television (CATV) System in the U.S. was built in 1949 utilizing the column.
  • The spiral sgrafitto frieze on the exterior of the structure was painted by Electus D. Litchfield and Attilio Pusterla, the mural shows 14 significant events in the early history of Oregon with a focus on Astoria’s role including Captain Gray’s discovery of the Columbia River in 1792 and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • At the top of the column is a replica of the State Seal of Oregon.

Scenic Views

Town Views


Fort George Brewery and Public House

Fort George is hip and happening, has a great vibe and great brews and the staff is friendly and knows the brews!

Brews Tasted:

  • Fort George Quick Wit; citrusy, floral, spice, smooth not bitter – Belgian Style ale with wheat
  • Fort George Vortex IPA; “designed to not rip the taste buds off your tongue”
  • Fort George Working Girl Porter; brewed with the addition of over 5 lbs of Working Girl coffee beans and chocolate – needed a major chocolate sweet treat to have with this porter.
  • Fort George Cavatica Stout; bold, black and leaves you wanting MORE! There are spiders on the can (the name honors the brewer’s affinity with arachnia). “This beer will stain your clothes.”

Mr. Craves had the Vortex IPA and I had the Working Girl Porter. Earlier at lunch in Long Beach, Washington we both had the Cavatica Stout and wanted to check out the brewery in Astoria, Oregon. Took a 4-pack of cans to go too; (1) Quick Wit, (1) Vortex IPA and (2) of the Cavatica Stout.

Fort George’s Vortex IPA came about during the cross-country truck trip the brewery made to find its home in Astoria it was nearly scattered to the cornfields of Nebraska by a tornado!

So Excited to Attend OBF in Portland for the Very 1st Time!!!

Your Brew is Served in a Mason Jar – Jelly Jars are offered too!

Astoria Brewery

Stopped by Wet Dog Cafe and Astoria Brewing Company for a Brew and Sweet Treat! Both of us had the Poop Deck Porter (name still makes me chuckle) and shared a (made fresh) Marionberry Cobbler with Oregon marionberries (have to try one or more of these berries – YUM!) and vanilla ice cream. The porter was dark and had notes of chocolate with a little something, something in the finish. If not in public, probably would have licked the cobbler dish clean.

Rogue Public House on Pier 39

Stopped in to check it out and pick up a t-shirt for a buddy.


One BIG Can of Shrimp!

The Funny and The Silly

Love that the Artist included the Egg!

(Photos by RSheridan)

That Concludes the Oregon Coast Tour!

The Oregon Coast – Part 1

The Oregon Coast

“363 Miles Completely Free for All to Use!”

Check Out – The Oregon Coast – Part 2

Heading to the Oregon Coast

Tillamook, Oregon

The City of Tillamook is located on the southeast end of the Tillamook Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The Tillamook area has fiver rivers, the Tillamook, the Trask, the Wilson, the Kilchis, and the Miami. Welcome to Dairy Farm Country! The farmland used for dairy cattle supply the Tillamook County Creamery Association’s production of cheese, particularly cheddar, ice cream and yogurt.

The Tillamook Cheese Factory

The Tillamook Cheese Factory is the Tillamook County Creamery Association’s original cheese production facility. Tours are self-guided. You cannot tour inside the actual cheese processing area, but can see the cheesemaking process and cheese packing process from the viewing gallery over the main production floor. I enjoyed watching the various processes going on. The Tillamook Cheese Factory hosts over 1 million tourists each year.

Cheese Anyone???

More Scenic Views

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach is best known by its famous landmark, Haystack Rock! Cannon Beach is pretty compact and pedestrian friendly. Famous Movies Filmed in Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park; The Goonies (1985), Point Break (1991) and Twilight (2008).

Welcome to Cannon Beach!

Haystack Rock

Haystack Rock is located southwest of downtown Cannon Beach near Tolovana Park. Haystack Rock is 235 feet in elevation and often accessible at low tide. Near Haystack Rock are the Needles, two tall rocks rising straight out of the water. Haystack Rock is protected as a marine sanctuary as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Cannon Beach Public Library – Artwork on the Outside of the Library

Seaside, Oregon

Seaside is a Great Jumping Off Point to see the Oregon Coast! Seaside lies on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The Necanicum River bisects the city and flows out to the ocean at the city’s northern edge. Tillamook Head towers over the south edge of the city.

Interesting Facts:

  • In 1806, a group of men from the Lewis and Clark Expedition built a salt-making cairn to make salt from the Pacific Ocean to replenish their supply.
  • In 1912, Alexandre Gilbert was elected Mayor of Seaside. Gilbert donated land to the City of Seaside for its one and a half mile long Promenade along the Pacific beach.

Welcome to Seaside!

(Photos by RSheridan)

Stay Tuned . . . The Oregon Coast Tour Continues in Astoria, Oregon!

Mt. Hood and The Columbia Gorge

The Highest Point in Oregon; Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge and the Outdoor Playground – What More Could One Ask For!!!

Bonneville Dam

The primary functions of the Bonneville Lock and Dam are electrical power generation and river navigation. The United States Army Corps of Engineers built and manage the dam. The electrical power generated at the dam is distributed by the Bonneville Power Administration.

The Power House

Photo of the Workers that built the Power House in 1937.


During WWII, the Bonneville Dam was concerned about being a target for attack or sabotage. During the war the Corps employees painted all of the buildings green, including the roofs. Even the gravel and blacktopped roadways were painted in camouflage. The Corps installed concrete guard stations or ‘pill boxes’ with gun ports near the dam and powerhouse.

The Inside Workings of the Fish Ladder

The Bonneville Dam blocked the migration of fish, so the fish ladders were created to help native salmon and steelhead get past the dam to head upstream to spawn.

That is a real migrating fish.

These are lampreys – the vampires of the fish world!

The Outside Workings of the Fish Ladder

Bonneville Hatchery

I enjoyed experiencing and exploring the Bonneville Hatchery! The fish raised at the hatchery are Chinook and Coho salmon. There is also rainbow trout and white sturgeon. The tour of the hatchery is FREE, however; it is a working hatchery, so use caution and stay in areas designated for visitors. The hatchery started in 1909 and in 2009 celebrate their 100 year anniversary.

Interesting Facts:  The Bonneville Hatchery is one of the oldest hatcheries in Oregon and the largest in terms of fish production. In 1930, the hatchery expanded to increase fish rearing capability from 6 million to 11 million salmon.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon. The upper falls is 542 feet with the lower falls at 69 feet; 620 feet in total. The Benson Footbridge allows visitors to cross 105 feet above the lower cascade.

Mt. Hood and Government Camp

Government Camp is located at the 4,000 foot level of Mt. Hood’s southernmost slopes. I stopped into the Visitor Center and discovered that this area is one of the areas that has snow or makes snow year round. Hello! Summer Skiing and Snowboarding. The Timberline Lodge was a happening place for skiers as well as visitors. The town has that Bavarian-style that makes you want to stay indoors by the fire or get outdoors to explore and adventure!

Timberline Lodge

The Timberline Lodge was built in the late 1930s and sits at an elevation of 5.960 feet.

Interesting Fact:  The Timberline Lodge is noted in film for serving as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood is an active volcano.

Hood River

Full Sail Brewing calls Hood River home. I wish I had the time to stop for a tour and a beer.

Hood River has the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascade Mountain Range and the Hood River Valley!

Interesting Facts:

  • The 15,000 acres of orchards produce approximately 45% of the nation’s winter pear crop.
  • Hood River aka the Wind Surfing Capital of the World.

Other Interesting Town Names in this Area: Boring, Rhododendron and Zig Zag. Estacada, Oregon is the Christmas Tree Capital. Odell, Oregon in the Hood River Valley has the Valley’s largest fruit packing and storage centers.

The Outdoor Playground

Brightwood, Rhododendron, Welches, and Zig Zag; the Villages of Mt. Hood and The Outdoor Playground. Lakes, Rivers and Forests – Let Me Run Free!

  • Walking, Hiking and Biking
  • Kayaking, Canoeing and Rafting
  • Sailing and Boating
  • Summer Skiing and Winter Skiing as well as Snowboarding
  • Wind Surfing
  • Parasailing and Hang Gliding
  • Swimming
  • Fly Fishing
  • Orchards, Wineries, Farms, and Wildflowers

(Photos by RSheridan)

The Possibilities are Endless!

Portland, Oregon – Washington Park

Washington Park is a Great Green Space to Explore!

Washington Park is my go to outdoor space when visting Portland, especially when I need a little break from the city life!

International Rose Test Garden

Located at 400 SW Kingston Avenue. FREE!; take a self-guided tour, walk, stroll, wander. Garden Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

There are 3 Primary Gardens:

  • Royal Rosarian Garden – home to the namesake roses of all past Prime Ministers of the Royal Rosarians. The Royal Rosarians are a civic group that serve as the official greeters and goodwill ambassadors for the City of Portland.
  • Shakespeare Garden – “Of all flowers me thinks a rose is best.” ~ Shakespeare
  • Miniature Rose Garden – one of only six testing grounds for the American Rose Society miniature rose test program.

I literally could have stayed here for days photographing roses, floral and fauna! I absolutely heart miniature roses!

Portland Japanese Garden

Located at 611 SW Kingston Avenue. Admission: $. The hours are Monday 12 pm to 7 pm, Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 7 pm.

There are 5 Gardens (5.5 acres):

  • Flat Garden
  • Strolling Pond Garden
  • The Tea Garden
  • Natural Garden
  • Sand and Stone Garden

I finally got to check out this little gem in the hills of Portland! My 1st thought was of becoming one with nature and taking in the naturalness of the Japanse Garden!

Peace – Green

Harmony – Nature and Natural Elements

Tranquility – Water

3 Essential Elements of a Japanse Garden are:

  1. Stone – the “bones” of the landscape.
  2. Water – the life-giving force.
  3. Plants – the tapestry of the four seasons.
  4. Secondary Elements – Pagodas, stone lanterns, water basins, arbors, and bridges.

Hoyt Arboretum

Located at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd.

Interesting Facts About Hoyt Arboretum:

  • Every tree has a story to tell. Remember to engage all of your senses!
  • A unique collection of trees and plants from around the world. The Hoyt Collection includes more than 1,000 true species, with specimens grown from seeds collected in the wild!
  • A living laboratory for preservation and research.
  • 187 acres and 21 trails!
  • Just Think About the Current and Future Generations who will visit Hoyt Arboretum! Remember to stay on trail and respect the trees, fauna and flora here.

I have been to the Hoyt Arboretum in the Spring and now in the Summer and it still AMAZES me what lives and grows here! I enjoy taking about a 2 hour walkabout in Hoyt when visiting the Portland area. I really love becoming one with nature and soaking it all in while engaging all my senses! Hoyt is an Experience and an Adventure all wrapped into one.

(Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to Find Some Green and Nature Every Day!!!

Portland Pics

Random Snapshots


(Photos by RSheridan)

Hit the Ground Running & Conquered This City!!!

Hoyt Arboretum – Part 3

Fauna & Floral, Random & Holly Collections

Hoyt Arboretum is located in the Washington Park area at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd. in Portland. Hours 6 am to 10 pm.Visitor Center Open Mon- Fri 9 am to 4 pm & Sat 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Sundays and Major Holidays). The Visitor Center does offer restrooms.

Fauna & Floral and Random Collections

(Photos by RSheridan)

Holly Collection

(Photos by RSheridan)

Hoyt Arboretum is a MUST SEE; Amazing, Beautiful, Breathtaking Beauty!

Hoyt Arboretum – Part 2

Oak, Conifer & Redwood Collections

Hoyt Arboretum is located in the Washington Park area at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd. in Portland. Hours 6 am to 10 pm.Visitor Center Open Mon- Fri 9 am to 4 pm & Sat 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Sundays and Major Holidays). The Visitor Center does offer restrooms.

Oak Collection

(Photos by RSheridan)

Conifer Collection

(Photos by RSheridan)

Redwood Collection

(Photo by RSheridan)

AMAZING Trees Within These Collections!!!

Hoyt Arboretum – Part 1

Trees Galore

Hoyt Arboretum is located in the Washington Park area at 4000 SW Fairview Blvd. in Portland. Hours 6 am to 10 pm.Visitor Center Open Mon- Fri 9 am to 4 pm & Sat 9 am to 3 pm (closed on Sundays and Major Holidays). The Visitor Center does offer restrooms.

Something for the whole family, including the pups and it is FREE!!! Take a Short Stroll to a Long Walk to a Hike.

(Photo by RSheridan)

According to the brochure (Visitor’s Center was closed) the Arboretum has plants from all 7 continents – pretty impressive, right! This includes about 1,100 species of trees. The Arboretum has 185 acres and 12 miles of trails.

I wanted to check out the Magnolia trees and some were budding and some were blossoming. The Magnolia Collection of the Arboretum is so worth the hike to see. Took off from the Visitor’s Center and looped back to it (about a 2 mile hike). Explored the Magnolia, Winter Garden, Conifer and Holly Collections as well as probably touched a few other area collections. There was an overlook area and due to the relatively clear day was able to get a glimpse of Mt. St. Helens in all her glory.


  • Maple
  • Dogwood
  • Witchhazel
  • Holly
  • Magnolia
  • Winter Garden
  • Oak
  • Conifer (most diverse conifer collection in North America)
  • Wedding Meadow
  • Larch
  • Ginkgo
  • Sequoia
  • Redwood

Mt St Helens (Photo by RSheridan)

Magnolia Collection


(Photos by RSheridan)

Winter Garden Collection


(Photos by RSheridan)

Washington Park

Washington Park includes the Hoyt Arboretum (FREE), the World Forestry Center ($), the Japanese Garden ($), and the Portland Zoo ($).Came over to Washington Park area for the Japanese Garden, but the buses were not running that day and would have been about a 2 mile hike there or about 4 miles round trip. So decided to explore Hoyt Arboretum and loved that the City of Portland has this beauty to explore!


Photos of Coming Up & Going Down to the Light Rail Tunnel (Photos by RSheridan)

A True Beauty Within the City of Portland; Explore & Adventure!

OMSI – Part 3

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

OMSI – Part 1

OMSI – Part 2 

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue in Portland.

Exhibits to See (included in the price of admission)

National Geographic Gallery – Ocean Soul: Photographs by Brian Skerry – runs 3/28/12 to 7/10/12

(Pics of Photos by Brian Skerry taken by RSheridan)

Love, Love Brian Skerry’s Photographic GENIUS!!!

OMSI – Part 2

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

OMSI – Part 1

OMSI – Part 3

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue in Portland.

Exhibits to See (included in the price of admission)

The Art of the Brick – Lego Sculptures – runs 3/17/12 to 4/29/12

(Photos by RSheridan)

AMAZING Lego Sculptures!!!

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