Archive for the ‘our excursions’ Category

I had a lovely time with Alisha at Albertina Kerr, a Portland landmark

a top that will be repurposed, top designer find!!!!

they used these as bassinets in the 40’s

a lovely herb garden in the back

a peek of yellow petals in the garden

my friend Alisha in a quiet corner under the canopy of tangled vines

honeysuckle vines

Japanese maple tree in the courtyard


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this is the most amazing spot…on top of the cliff in La Jolla, California

and the beach near by, Pacific Beach

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We went to San Diego to get a few days in the sun and had great weather, in the 80’s, sunny every day, but no swimming, the water temp was 63, and way too cold

The view from the 26th floor, of the Hilton Bayfront hotel, with the convention center on the right

the view from the pool area

a statue in front of the water

Hilton’s front entrance

John enjoying crab at the Crab Shack nearby

A hair cutting seminar was scheduled for one of the conference rooms in the hotel

visiting Coronado beach at the hotel’s restaurant

small garden of herbs by the hotel

the stalk of this cactus looks like an asparagus spear

walking the sidewalk near Coronado beach

Coronado Beach

sunset by our hotel

bridge from the hotel to the gaslamp area

sushi at Taka in Gastown, San Diego

Pacific Beach

the pier at Pacific Beach

Surfers at the beach

fishing off the pier

Pacific beach pier

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OUR FIRST VISIT TO SEATTLE-a minute by minute diary

me freezing on airplane to seattle

Flew in,

Hot croissant sandwich



No magazines

Rentable movie player

Watched the interpreter

Rented hertz at airport

Subaru wagon outback

Drove into W hotel

Parked in wrong garage

Moved car to right garage, surprise free!

Walked to pikes market

Ate at emmet watson’s oyster bar ciopolino was stinky and gumbo was soup with rice in it and too much tarragon, beer was maritime pacific islander dry hop ale, good

walking around downtown

Espresso at French bakery

We went to buy underwear, toothbrush and other things

Then we went to shopping downtown to macy’s, urban, banana, walking

Then we came back to hotel to rest

Pay for internet, view is the modern skyline of seattle and construction workers

Weather began as cloudy but turned hot and sunny by noon

We had vodka martinis in the hotel bar, also 12 oysters, some too briny and bitter but stony creek were great.

The drinks were on the house, as a hotel policy (2 FREE DRINK TICKETS)

Asked the young male concierge where to go eat seafood on the water.

He recommends Anthonys, a great walk down by the water

Turns out Anthony’s has a great view of the Seattle Elliott Bay ship port

seattle waterfront

Food is overpriced, bland and disappointing, poor wine selection, nice waiter

Walked back past Fish Club/Todd English’s Marriott restaurant, looks great

Walked up the stairs right next to it up to Belltown

Tried to find Axis, found it tacky, loud

Went to BADA, a few blocks away, great bartenders, recommended restaurant The Waterfront, Harvest vine, Lark, Flying Fish

Went to Black Bottle, met friend, he ordered great sausages and baby spinach

Took taxi back, flag down on street, 5 minute ride


Got 3 hours of sleep, ordered pot of Starbucks and cream for room service

Shower has weak pressure

Beautiful morning, clouds arriving however, but stays gorgeous, high 80 something

Had breakfast in the W restaurant downstairs

Ordered, food took long time, came cold, fresh squeezed orange juice and Starbucks coffee were good, they charged us half the bill for the cold food, frankly it should have been free, on the house, since we are staying here

Drove around all the in-Seattle neighborhoods

Saw the locks, Gas works park

gasworks park

Had lunch at the Ray’s boathouse…great view…huge crab, undercooked potatoes, overripe tomatoes

crab galore at Ray's Boathouse

Met Ben at Peet’s Coffee, in FREMONT

Almost saw the foundry…was closed

Drove to Mount Rainier…took forever, do not take route 7, strip malls and lights

Mount Rainier was amazing, clouds coming in though, hardly any people,

Ate at some local Mexican chain restaurant on hwy 410 on the way back, horrible, mushy beans and rice


Starbucks coffee and 2 croissants, room service, no coffee spoons, no communication

Cloudy day

Note to self: always bring 2 outfits a day, a coat or large sweater, belt and walking shoes and purse and your own nail clipper

We went to Pioneer Square and ate breakfast at McCoy’s firehouse café


We also had espresso at a café –Zeitgeist café…there-amazing!!!!

All of Pioneer Square has been redone into great spaces!

Went to visit John’s family in Edmonds, or near there.

Suburbia, boring!!!!

Came back in evening, John tired, I meet Erin, the Advertising Director of Utne Magazine and her girlfriend in the W bar.

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MAY 22-26, 2010

Visiting New Orleans for the first time!  Here are some photos:

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bulldog on bench

I spent 3 hours taking photos as a volunteer, for the website  http://artonalberta.org/ and here are two I took for my own pleasure, of a little boy with the Haiti t-shirt and one of a bulldog on a bench, cooling off!

little boy with uggs

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Portland Nursery has the best bonsai selection. Small trees, culled from large specimens, carefully pruned over many/several years, turning out precious doll like miniatures.

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This is a great antique mall, in Portland, near Mt. Tabor.  Whenever I need inspiration I get in my car and drive there!  Here is the link:  http://monticelloantiques.com/welcome/



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nothing more beautiful than aisles wallpapered with deep ink filled grape bundles

nothing more beautiful than aisles wallpapered with deep ink filled grape bundles

A gorgeous place, the view as well as the actual building, not far from Portland.  There is that fireplace, as you walk in, about 20 feet tall, clad in copper, that’s John standing in front of it for scale.  We tasted the Pinot Noir flight, all 2007 vintage, the one we ended up purchasing was the Carabella Pinot.  At $50 it was steep but worth every delicious sip!

looking down the vines

looking down the vines

Penner Ash Vineyard

Penner Ash Vineyard

the fireplace

the fireplace

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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

falls and people

falls and people

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on the hunt

on the hunt

Hi Matt, we did do the egg thing! Very good! I also made risotto and shaved truffles over it, it was amazing! I was wondering if you knew any good mushroom finding spots?

Hi Visnja,

Thanks for the picture, your finds are Tuber oregonense.  Try grating them over brie.  The season for the black truffles is roughly September through February and they are found with young Douglas-fir.  The Kings Valley area (from Falls City to Blodgett) appears to be the epicenter of their range.  Glad you had a good time!

Directions to site:
No need to sign up, just show up.  We’ll be meeting at the dirt lot across Hwy. 20 from the Blodgett store (about 5 miles west of Philomath) at 10am on Saturday Jan. 20.  Bring a lunch and dress for the weather.
I’d take exit 228, that’s Hwy. 34 and head west toward Corvallis.  Take a left at the second signal (before you cross the river), it has a sign for Philomath/Ocean Beaches.  That will put you on 20/34 through Corvallis and Philomath, bypassing a lot of traffic.  At the west end of Philomath keep going straight on Hwy. 20 (not left on Hwy. 34), in about 5 miles you’ll see the Blodgett Store on the left, we’ll meet in the dirt lot across the highway from the store.  If you’re running late and miss us, keep going west on Hwy. 20 about 2-3 miles past Blodgett and look for cars parked on the right at the gate to Starker Eisele tree farm.  The foray site is across the highway from the parking, at the Bordette tree farm.

January Foray: Saturday, January 20. Check this website before heading out for last-minute weather updates. If the driving conditions are still poor on Saturday morning, STAY HOME! If conditions have improved, we’ll go to Starker’s Tum-Tum Bordette tree farm west of Blodgett. Meet at the dirt lot across the highway from the Blodgett Store at 10am. Blodgett is about 5 miles west of Philomath on Hwy. 20. To reach the foray site from Blodgett, keep going west on Hwy. 20 about 2.5 miles and look for cars parked on the right, at the gate to Starker Eisele tree farm. The foray site is across the highway from the parking, at the Bordette tree farm.

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john on a beach on the oregon coast

john on a beach on the oregon coast

We got in the car and drove West, not sure where we were heading.  It was a rainy windy day but it did not deter us from our mission!  To see the coast!!!  It was a long drive, about 1.5 hours, through moss laden forests and winding mountain roads.  Check out this link to the oregon Coast.   http://visittheoregoncoast.com/cities/tillamook/  We ended up in Cape Meares State Park, near Tillamook.  Hauntingly beautiful, icy waters, silver boulder beaches, sky shrouded in the ever-present Pacific Ocean mist.

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