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Washington – Day Trip 2

The Volcanoes Area

On this day trip we went over the Astoria-Megler Bridge once again and this time made a right instead of a left! We were headed to the Mt. St. Helens Vistor Center at Silver Lake in Castle Rock, Washington.

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S.

Interesting Facts:

  • Mt. St. Helens is in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes.
  • The Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.
  • Mt. St. Helens is a large eruptive cone consisting of lava rock with ash, pumice and other deposits.
  • Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980 was the deadliest and most econcomically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. 57 lives lost. 250 homes destroyed. 47, bridges, 15 miles of railways and 185 miles of highway destroyed.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock is the gateway to Mt. St. Helens and this city sits at the western base of Mt. St. Helens. Check out the Harry Truman Memorial Park to read about the legendary Spirit Lake Resort owner who refused to abandon his home to Mt. St. Helens. Welcome to Timber Country too! Castle Rock is in Washington timber country. The town was incorpated in 1890 and the local sawmill was the first to produce cedar shingles, using the Western red cedar, which grows in abundance in this region.


Made a pit stop in Cathlamet and decided to go back and take the ferry for a fun little side adventure! The Julie Butler Hansen Bridge (now SR409) takes you across the Columbia River’s Cathlamet Channel and into Puget Island. Take the Wahkiakim County Ferry from Puget Island, Washington into Westport, Oregon. Then from Westport you can head back into Astoria.

Puget Island

Welcome to the Island! Puget Island is a 7.5 square mile island in the Columbia River. The island was named for Peter Puget, a lieutenant in the Vancouver Expedition of exploration, which first mapped the island in 1792. Pop. 798 persons.

The Wahkiakum County Ferry

This ferry is the last regularly scheduled car ferry to cross the Columbia River between two states. The ferry can hold up to 9 cars and takes about 10 minutes to ride across the Columbia River. The cost per car is $5 and you can also walk or bike onto the ferry to cross too.

(Photos by RSheridan)

That Concludes the Washington State Day Trips!


Washington – Day Trip 1

Long Beach Peninsula and Coast

It was a foggy morning . . .

The Sign Says It All for Today’s Weather!

The day trip started in Astoria, Oregon by going over the Astoria-Megler Bridge and into Point Ellice, Washington.

Seaside to Astoria

The Astoria-Megler Bridge

50 States Checklist

I can check Washington State, aka “The Evergreen State”, off my 50 States Checklist! It was so green and evergreens as far as my eyes could see!

Lewis and Clark

Mr. Craves became Lewis and I, the CravesAdventurer, played Clark for our day of exploration to the Long Beach Peninsula!

The Long Beach Peninsula has the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Columbia River on the south and Willapa Bay on the east. Leadbetter Point State Park and Willapa National Wildlife Refuge are located at the northern tip of the peninsula. The Long Beach Peninsula is remarkable for its continuous sand beaches on the Pacific Ocean side. Claimed to be the longest beach in the U.S. with 28 miles of sand and the world’s largest drivable beach!.

Cape Disappointment State Park, formerly known as Fort Canby State Park is at the southern end. Cape Disappointment is part of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks west of Ilwaco and was the westernmost terminus for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Principal Industries:

  • #1 – Tourism
  • Fishing
  • Crabbing
  • Oyster Farming; #1 producer of farmed oysters in the U.S.
  • Cranberry Farming

Interesting Fact About Oysterville: The entire town is on the National Register of Historic Places.

1st Stop – Chinook

Located on the Columbia River and Washington’s oldest salmon hatchery.

2nd Stop – Cape Disappointment

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center features exhibits about the 1803-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Coast. The Interpretive Center sits on a cliff that overlooks the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. There is an admission fee ($).

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse (1856)

The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was constructed in 1856 to warn seamen of the treacherous river bar known by then as “The Graveyard of the Pacific”. This is the oldest functioning lighthouse on the West Coast.

The Trail to Get to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

Coast Guard Station

You Are Here – Almost There!

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse – Made It!

3rd Stop – North Head Lighthouse (1898)

The Fog Continues . . . Heading to North Head Lighthouse

North Head Lighthouse

Close Up

Lighthouse Keeper Housing

4th Stop – Leadbetter Point State Park

Leadbetter Point State Park is located on the tip iof the Long Beach Peninsula and driving any further would put you in the bay or the ocean! Leadbetter Point separates Willapa Bay from the Pacific Ocean.

Explored the Green Trail or Bay Loop Trail. Even though the tide was out it was still a pretty interesting place to explore. I would love to see the salt marsh when the tide is in. Biologists have recorded over 100 species of birds here, like a bird super highway of migration (Spring and Fall); resting, feeding and nesting.

Mr. Craves wondered if this place was used in the filming of the movie The Big Year starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. The basis of the movie is a competition among birders to see who can identify the most different species of birds in North America in a calendar year. I checked and the principal photography took place in Vancouver, Canada.

Views of the Bay

Found Objects

Fauna and Flora

5th Stop – Long Beach

Decided to stop at Long Beach for lunch before heading back to Astoria. Checked out the Long Beach Boardwalk and strolled through the downtown area.

Back to Oregon

(Photos by RSheridan)

1 Day Trip to Washington Down and 1 to Go! Next Day Trip will be to The Volcanoes Area and Mt. St. Helens!

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!

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!!!

26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival

At The Beautiful Waterfront Park

July 24, 2013 to July 28, 2013 in Portland, Oregon.

Here’s the AMAZEBALLS to this Event – Done All By VOLUNTEERS (more than 2,200 volunteers)!!! Thank you for making this event what IT IS!

Watch Out for the Beer Warden!!!

OBF is Craft Beer Heaven! 84 different Craft Beers from 12 States! Fruit Beers Galore – I loved that! 85,000 people attended the 26th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival!

Admission: Into the festival grounds is free. To consume beer purchase a souvenir tasting glass (phased out the plastic mug) for $7 and purchase wooden tokens for $1 a piece. 4 tokens for a full glass and 1 token for a taste.

OBF got its start in July 1988 with 4 craft breweries (BridgePort, McMenamins, Portland, and Widmer) and today there are 51 craft breweries!

Interesting Facts:

  • Full Sail started in 1987 in Hood River, OR.
  • Rogue Ales started in 1988 in Ashland, OR and later relocated to Newport, OR.
  • Deschutes started in June 1988 in Bend, OR.
  • “OBF is one of the nation’s longest running, one of the largest and best loved craft beer fesitvals!”
  • July is Oregon Craft Beer Month.
  • “Small and independent craft brewers have grown the number of U.S. breweries from less than 100 to more than 2,000 in 30 years.”

I have developed my palate over the years with wine tasting and now with beer tasting! I enjoy sampling and learning about a variety of craft beer styles throughout the U.S. Plus the 5 day event lets you take your time when it comes to sampling! I love being able to hang out with other craft brew lovers too.

Most Unique Brews

Gigantic Brewing Company – & Juice – Beermosa – IPA with citrus juices added

Burnside Brewing Company – Marionberry Berliner Weisse – Berliner Weiss

Loved Hanging Out at Gigantic’s Tap Room with a Beer in Hand on their Patio!

Photo: Happy Hour continues!!!
Hanging Out at Burnside Having the Oregon Berry Fruit Beer!

Best Named Brews & Tasty Too!

Mt. Shasta Brewing CompanySkip and Go Naked – Strawberry and Ginger Hefeweizen

Old Market Pub & BreweryDilution of Grandeur – Mixed Berry Belgian Lambic

My Favorite Light Ales

Good Life Brewing Company – Evil Sister – Imperial Pacific Ale

Alameda Brewing Company – Huckleberry Hound – Golden Ale

My Favorite Brown and Dark Ales

The Dude’s Brewing Company – Grandma’s Pecan Brown – English Style Brown (kept coming back for more!)

Lompoc Brewing Company – EleventyOne CDA – Cascadian Dark Ale

My Favorite Cream Ales

Fearless Brewing Company – Peaches and Cream Ale – American Style Cream Ale and Peaches

Anderson Valley Brewing Company – Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema – Summer Cream Ale

My Favorite Fruit Beer

Cascade Brewing – Raspberry Wheat – Fruit Beer

My Favorite Fruit Wheat Beer

21st Amendment Brewery – Hell or High Watermelon – Fruit Wheat Beer

My Favorite Hef

Laht Neppur Brewing Company – Peach Hefeweizen – Hefeweizen

My Favorite Saisons

All of them!

Great Divide Brewing Company – Colette Farmhouse Saison – Farmhouse Style Saison

Maui Brewing Company – Lemongrass Saison – Belgian Inspired Saison

Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub – Jackson Sundown – Saison

My Favorite Wit Beer

13 Virtues Brewing Company – Traverse Cherry Wheat – Belgian Wit with Fruit

Entertainment Favorites

#1 That 1 Guy

Mike Silverman aka That 1 Guy and His Magic Pipe, which is an instrument he created! The Magic Pipe has metal, strings and electronics and the sound that comes out of it is nothing I have heard before. I was mesmerized watching him play and perform. A Truly Unique Performance to Watch and Experience!

#2 Blvd Park

Blvd Park was a breath of fresh air with their music originality! A Seattle-based alt-folk band. I loved the harmonies and Brian Ballentine, the frontman, leads with his great vocals. Blvd Park plays and rocks it (folk, rock, Americana, country, and jazz)!

(Photos by RSheridan)

So Going Next Year!!!

Oregon’s Willamette Valley


Stopped in Eugene for lunch at Falling Sky Brewing on the way to McMinnville. The eats and brews at Falling Sky’s Pub was out of this world and makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Mr. Craves had the Back Alley Burger and I had the Lamb Kefta Kabob. Mr. Craves had the Kama Sumatra Coffee Porter and I had the Strobilus Berry Wheat Bitter.

Yamhill County Wine Region


Check Out Yamhill Valley’s Wine Region Website!

Hauer of the Dauen

Hauer of the Dauen in Dayton, Oregon in Yamhill County. Welcome to the Family Farm – worth the drive in the countryside for a tasting!

Here is the Tasting Flight for Hauer of the Dauen Wines:

  • 2001 Pinot Noir
  • 2002 Pinot Noir
  • Gamay Noir

Mystic Wine

Mystic Wine in Amity, Oregon. Loved their Farmhouse Tasting Room!

Here is the Tasting Flight for Mystic Wines:

  • 2006 Hillside Vineyard Merlot
  • 2009 Home Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2006 McDuffee Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2008 Hillside Vineyard Zinfandel
  • 2008 Gunkle Vineyard Barbera

Duck Pond Cellars

Duck Pond in Dundee, Oregon. The Family is very much the heart and the labor of love at this vineyard! The family owns and operates over a 1,000 acres of vineyard land. This includes 6 family-owned vineyards in Oregon and 2 family-owned vineyards in Washington.

Here is the Tasting Flight for Duck Pond:

  • Pinot Gris
  • Viognier
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah

Lange Estate Winery and Vineyard

Lange in Dundee, Oregon in the Dundee Hills. Wine and Spirits Magazine declared Lange as the 2012 Winery of the Year! Love their Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris and purchased a Pinot Gris to have with our picnic lunch on Lange’s beautiful patio. You have to check out the patio and see the Beautiful Vistas!!!

Jackson was a Wealth of Information on Lange Wines and we even picked his brain on breweries in the area and in Portland. By the way we loved Gigantic Brewing Company – thanks so much for a great recommendation! We enjoyed tasting wines with you – thanks again.

Here is the Tasting Flight for Lange:

  • Pinot Gris
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noirs

Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

Winderlea in Dundee, Oregon in the Dundee Hills. We received a recommendation from another wine taster at Duck Pond that we had to check out Winderlea. You will have to excuse me because I was enjoying the wine tasting so much I forgot to take more pictures of this winery and its beautiful vistas – DUH! 3 Words to Describe Winderlea:  #1 Friendly, #2 Tasty Pinots and #3 Natural Beauty; Tasting Room and Vistas.

Here is the Tasting Flight for Winderlea:

  • Winderlea Ana Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Juliard Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Murto Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Dundee Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Winderlea Vineyard Pinot Noir

Yamhill Valley Vineyards

YVV in McMinnville, Oregon. YVV is the oldest winery in the McMinnville AVA. YVV is located on a 150 acre estate in the rolling foothills of Oregon’s Coast Range Mountains in the Willamette Valley. YVV is dedicated to the character that is distinctively Oregon and distinctively Yamhill Valley.

Here is the Tasting Flight for YVV:

  • 2011 Pinot Gris
  • 2009 Pinot Blanc
  • 2009 Pinot Noir Estate
  • 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve
  • 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve
  • 2012 Riesling
  • Chardonnay varietal coming soon

Misc. Photos


Great Jumping Off Point to Adventure through the Yamhill County Wine Region of Oregon’s Willamette Valley!

Downtown McMinnville is a Great Place to Explore; unique shops, antique stores, restaurants, wine bars, and wine tasting rooms.

(Photos by RSheridan)

Enjoy & Cheers!!!

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!!!

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