Friday, May 8, 2015

Landry Academy Lewis River Hike

Brittany, the intensive teacher for Landry Academy, is in town this week to do a  chemistry intensive in Portland. We contacted her and discovered she was interested in seeing some of the sites in Washington. Naturally, we decided to take her, and her dog Marley, to hike the Lewis River Falls trail.

Although my pictures always look the same, it is just too gorgeous a sight not to take some more…

lewis river falls 03 lewis river falls 01 lewis river falls 02While the falls looked mostly the same, (a little more water than in the summer) the trail had changed quite a bit! We crossed the bright pink ribbon across the normal trail and found that the trail slid down the hill since September!

lewis river falls 04lewis river falls 05  you can see the trail on the other side of the slide in the trees

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the trail is now at the bottom of the cliff in the river…

But this meant all new scenery on the new trail… and new signs, and new bridges… very nice!

lewis river falls 07lewis river falls 08lewis river falls 09We bypassed the trail to Middle Falls and went on to Upper Falls first…

lewis river falls 10lewis river falls 11lewis river falls 12    Upper Falls is the halfway point of the hike and a terrific place to rest and have a bite to eat at the base of the falls!

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Brittany & Marley

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It started to get a bit late, so we headed back up river to Middle Falls…

lewis river falls 18lewis river falls 19lewis river falls 20lewis river falls 21lewis river falls 22I am so glad they improved this part of the trail! It used to be a nasty corner!

The views of the new section of trail are even prettier going back!

lewis river falls 23lewis river falls 24lewis river falls 25lewis river falls 26I’m already looking forward to going back and showing them off to someone new! And I hope to one day camp at the trailhead campground!!! (hint hint…)         

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Birthday Food Tour

For my birthday this year, we took a culinary tour of the Philippines, Hawaii, India, Japan and France…

First stop: The Philippine Market in Beaverton for lunch. Maggie, the sweet owner/cook, told us exactly what to order from her tiny little place (sort of looked like a dive) and we had no choice but to obey.

First thing we did was grad a couple of drinks from the fridge…

philippines 02 We liked them both!

Appetizer: lumpia. They were delicious!

philippines 01 Then it was pancit and pork adobo… Mmmmm!

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Everything was freshly made and piping hot and the entire time Maggie was asking if everything was ok.

We knew it was probably good because everyone else there having lunch was Filipino.

After completely stuffing ourselves, we struck up a conversation with a gentleman who had retired from the US Army and was talking about his grandkids, fishing, and going back. But they won’t issue him a visa because he was in the Army.

Then Maggie realized we needed dessert. She called it Filipino shaved ice or halo halo. What it really was was crushed ice, evaporated milk, coconut gels, gels of various colors & shapes, pounded young rice, boiled sweet beans and purple yam ice cream. We were given a large bowl, two spoons and the directions to keep stirring as we ate…

philippines 05I was super proud of my husband for eating any of this at all! :)

Maggie told us that her husband was going to Manila for 7 months to build them a house for their retirement. She was so excited about her home that she wrote down her name and contact info so that we could contact her and let her husband show us all over the Philippines when we visited there! Maybe she knows something we don’t??? Thanks to our previous conversation with the retired fisherman, we also knew the best route and airlines to take on our trip… LOL

I loved how excited and proud they were of their country and how much they wanted us to go and see it someday!

Our next stop was the Indian Supermarket…

It was a good thing I was so full from lunch or I would have spent a fortune!

world food 01After running a few errands in Vancouver, it was time to eat again and thankfully Patrick’s Hawaiian Cafe was just down the road. The food was fantastic! We didn’t have Kalua pork that good in Hawaii! We will go back…

After all that good food and time with my sweet hubby, we went home to open presents and enjoy some sweets from France and Japan… :)

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Golden Age of Cars

We got to spend a day in Tacoma with Jay and Amy! It was so fun having dinner, visiting, perusing an old book store… Just what we needed! Already thinking about our next trip to Portland. :)  We also went to the car museum next to our hotel…

After touring the LeMay America's Car Museum yesterday, I realize that my children missed the golden age of cars. Cars used to have class and style. They were each a unique work of art. Even the windows and hood ornaments were amazing! It was all about the details. Now is the age of the clone... When you are in a parking lot, nearly every car looks the same. Nothing stands out.

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I am so thankful my dad had fun cars for me to ride in and drive growing up. I don’t think I always appreciated it then, but I certainly do now! Well, I did appreciate having guys rap on my window at a stop light or gas station and slip me their phone number in case we were ever interested in selling (after I got over being scared that something was wrong or that they were going to murder me). I still drive with two feet because I never got out of the habit of driving with my foot always on the gas so that the car wouldn’t die when stopped at a light. ;)

I took these pictures because of my dad…

cars 07this car had the same textured clear plastic upholstery cover that my dad always put in his cars… Brings back memories of textured thighs on summer days.

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this is the same color scheme of one of my dad’s cars

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my dad has an amazing gas station in his back yard!

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station wagons always remind me of growing up

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this truck reminded me of the one we drove to Uncle Kenny and Aunt Ruth when I was a little girl

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I remember that my dad has always like Metropolitans

There were so many awesome cars there! And so many of them had great stories, too…

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And some I simply just loved!

cars 12 when other girls had posters of boy bands on their wall in high school, I had one of this

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I dream of someday taking our cross-country bike trip in this…

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so many cute scooters!

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Chris and I would look great in this one touring around Europe!

So many brilliant cars, so little money… LOL