June 24 – July 26, 2021 The Tillamook Creamery is just off the highway as you run through town, a new facility that opened in 2018 and now hosts over 1.3 million tourists each year.  Visitors can learn about the cheesemaking, cheese packaging, and the ice cream-making processes from a viewing gallery over the main […]

June 24 – July 26, 2021 Our one full day in Waldport would be spent pursuing those activities that mean a lot to us and no, that isn’t drinking beer.  Joanna would drive south on the 101 past the Sea Lion Caves to C&M Stables for her appointment an equestrian ramble to the beach and […]

June 24 – July 26, 2021 We set out the next morning with just a three-hour drive, 126-mile drive from Gold Beach.  On the way we stopped 11-miles north of Florence, about 25-miles south of the KOA we’d be lodging at in Waldport, to visit the Sea Lion Caves. We’d been here once before, back […]

June 24 – July 26, 2021 We took off for the three-hour drive to Gold Beach along highway 199, passing through numerous small towns and lush forest until hitting the coast and what would begin a week of spectacular and unique vistas that never fail to amaze.  We stopped once at a viewpoint that involved […]

June 24 – July 26, 2021 Leaving the smokejumpers museum, we cruised back to Cave Junction for lunch at Taylor’s Sausage, a regular stop for us each time we visit the area.  Although they feature an extensive menu of eat in and to go items, we always land on the same couple of options, usually […]

June 24 – July 26, 2021 Less than two weeks after our return to Los Angeles from the East Coast we took off on a planned one month road trip that would be centered around a week-long bike tour, Idaho Trails Relaxed, with Adventure Cycling near Coeur d’Alene.  We’d spend seventeen days working our way […]

June 3 – 14, 2021 The next day Joanna picked up her mom and drove her to Winston Salem to meet up with Joanna’s middle sister Debi.  Faced with another free day, I’d contacted Dan, a former student union colleague, to meet for a beer or two in Durham.  I’ve known Dan, and his wife […]

June 3 – 14, 2021 A short drive of an hour plus to Durham awaited us so we dawdled that last morning at Ann and Rendy’s before departing around noon.  Knowing dinner would be later in the day, we stopped at a McDonald’s just off the I-40 for food to tide us over until then.  […]

June 3 – 14, 2021 Our drive to Greensboro (Summerfield) to Ann and Rendy’s would only take about ninety minutes, so again we had no need to hurry that Tuesday morning.  This gave us a chance to do a load of laundry (one advantage of staying in an Airbnb unit is often some form of […]

North Carolina Spring 2021, Part Four June 3 – 14, 2021 I forgot to note in the previous post that we had one more random encounter that Sunday with folks we know, reinforcing what we like about Charlotte, in that during our stop at Optimist Hall, we encountered Judith and Eric who were hosting a […]