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Marion County

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  • Day20

    4th of July, Portland OR

    July 4, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    The 4th of July is a special day here in the USA, a public holiday set aside to commemorate and celebrate its independence from the commonwealth.
    We decided to use the quieter roads to explore the Columbia River Gorge. We started out by visiting one of our Cascade contacts Joe and his wife Kelly. We were made to feel very welcome but we were also very jealous of there little piece of country outside Portland.
    From there we took the 84 out along the Columbia River to Bridal Veil, Multnomah Falls and the Cascade Locks. Again, the scenery and history is amazing with Multnomah being the 2nd highest continuous waterfall in the USA. It is still recovering after a bush fire that was started by illegal means in 2017.
    We had lunch at Cascade Locks and watched the old paddle wheeler head out on a tour. Just a little too late for us to join it. All along this stretch the local native Americans have fishing platforms where they net Salmon coming upstream. The Bonneville Dam stretches across the river just below the locks and has been designed with a central sluice that allows salmon upstream access.
    We crossed over the river here, a unique experience given that the bridge is open mesh on the roadway, so you can see straight through to the river below. On the northern side we visited Skamania and the Skamania Lodge where I had the privilege to stay during a sales meeting earlier in my time with Cascade. It has a massive lodge, golf course and a very high price tag.
    We stopped opposite the dam and we noticed that there were some men building a new fishing platform. Whilst the structures look crude they are very strong. I was able to talk to them about how it was constructed. These men were Yakima tribe who have fished these waters for many years and whilst the building materials have changed they maintain old traditions.
    During the day we passed many parks with the locals set up for their 4th July picnics, very very serious picnics with all manner of lounges barbeques and marquees.
    Our route back to the motel took us along the Northern side of the river final picking up the road into Portland from Seattle. The sound of fireworks can be heard right across the city. Its now 8.45 PM and still light so the fireworks will not get underway for another hour yet. Carl and Paola have ventured into the city we have decided to sit that one out.
    Portland city and some shop browsing tomorrow.
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  • Day131

    Drive up I5 to Portland, OR

    June 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Amazed at how many sheep we’ve seen in the US, reminds us of Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. When we were here last time we rarely saw any. Reflection of our coach in the rear of the truck and the many bridges of Portland, ORRead more

  • Day4

    Quality Suites, Keizer

    September 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Left Federal Way around 9 am to drive down to Oregon. Joined I 5 and stayed on it for the next 3 hours. Stuck to the speed limits. I was thrilled that Google said "Welcome To Oregon" after I had crossed the state line. Arrived at my friend's around 12.30pm.
    Check in was after 3pm. When I arrived the guy at reception thought he recognised me from somewhere. Dropped the car off and headed over to Silverton to meet the rest of the family.
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  • Day6

    Oregon Garden, Silverton

    September 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    I drove over to Felicia's house. Got pictures with her and her family before the boys went to school. Today was picture day for them.
    We drove over to pick up Cora & her baby in Silverton before going over to the Gardens. It was a lovely warm day.
    We followed the main paths around the gardens. There is a tram but it only runs on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. Passed a pavilion in the grounds where Cora had her high school prom.
    Headed back to the cafe for lunch which was a roast beef croissant sandwich.
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  • Day136

    4th July at the St Paul Rodeo, OR

    July 4, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    4th July celebrations at ‘The World Famous’ St Paul Rodeo 🇺🇸
    Great day out.

  • Day13

    Day 13 - Let's. Go. Shopping!!!

    September 20, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Today involved driving, shopping and finger licking buffalo winging. A good day.

    At our motel in Coos Bay we missed the breakfast that finished unusually early and so we decided to get a cheeky McDonald's breakfast and bring it back to the motel to eat in bed. The drive thru was a comedy routine in mis-communication and 'lost in accents' but the important thing here is we returned with bags full of our daily allowances for sugar, salt and fat and boy did we enjoy it.

    Today's trip was 'just' four hours. It's amazing how quickly you get used to driving long hours. Now we are further inland we are becoming a bit more inventive with our listening habits as the roads are no longer bendy and fun. Podcasts such as 'Football Weekly' and 'My Dad Wrote A Porno' are seamlessly blending in with the usual music. We're enjoying listening to compilations and having a number of NOW! albums from throughout the years are reminding us of past classics and atrocious one-hit wonders whilst we're also discovering unknown gems. It's been noticed that Disc 2 from the late 90s onwards is where all those techno-euro-dance songs are collated. Maybe with the hope that people would give up by the end of Disc 1 or hopefully lose Disc 2 under the car seat. Or those with a liking for DJ Sammy, Vengaboys and Aqua had a disc for all their needs. Either or.

    About thirty minutes outside of Portland there is a large outlet mall called Woodburn. Oregan is also a no sales tax state. You see where this is going? Alice and I wondered around various branded stores and the prices were cheaper than the UK with most things but not amazingly so, even when compared with pre-Brexit rates. That said, we still left the mall with bags containing tops, shoes and a hoodie.

    With just a touch of traffic on the way in, we had reached Portland. It's been a few days since we've been in a city and it's nice to have a break from driving for a few days and a chance to use our legs. It was already dusk when we arrived at our motel and so after a quick bit of googling Alice found a Buffalo Wing diner just 10 minutes walk away.

    What a find! We ordered twenty-four wings and were able to have up to four sauces. With local IPA's ordered, I & IPA, we tucked into the wings and sweet potato fries. We rated the wings as thus:

    1. Peanut (soon to be famous) (those first brackets added by them)
    2. Buffalo
    3. Lime & Coriander
    4. Bourbon and Chipotle

    1. Lime & Coriander
    2. Buffalo
    3. Peanut (soon to be famous)
    4. Bourbon and Chipotle

    We actually thought the bourbon wings would be a dark horse before we tried the first one but wow were they hot. And we like hot food. Lip tingling, tongue numbing hot. The ranch sauce and celery helped here. It was a great dining experience all round. A good start to our brief time here in Portland.

    Song of the Day:
    Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing (a painting of Jimi worshipping a buffalo wing in the diner)
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  • Day61

    Silver Falls

    July 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Wir benötigen dringend eine Dusche, deshalb übernachten wir ausnahmsweise auf einem kostenpflichtigen Campingplatz. Hier sind alle Zelte relativ nahe beieinander. Nichts desto trotz fahren wir mit unserem Harry Potter Programm fort. Seit einigen Tagen lesen wir uns gegenseitig Kapitel aus Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen vor, um die Autofahrt etwas zu verkürzen. So hören unsere Nachbarn gegen 22.00 Uhr aus unserem Zelt die Sorting Hat Ceremony:
    "Boot, Terry! RAVENCLAW!"
    "Finch-Fletchley, Justin! HUFFLEPUFF!" "Potter, Harry! - GRYFFINDOR!"

    Am nächsten Morgen wollen wir die Wasserfälle im Park erkunden. Und davon gibt es ganze 10! Kleine und große, mit viel und wenig Wasser und unter einigen kann man sogar durchgehen.
    Nach ungefähr der Hälfte des 7 Meilen langen Hikes, verliert Ryan die Sohle seines Schuhs und muss vortan barfuß gehen. Jaja, das passierte nicht zum ersten Mal und es wird nicht das letzte Mal sein *spoiler Alarm*.
    Ein kleiner Junge, welcher an uns vorbei geht, fragt seinen Papa: "Why is he walking barefoot?" Sein Papa antwortet: "Because he wants to."
    Nein Ryan will das definitiv nicht :) dennoch schaffen wir es zurück zum Auto, langsam aber ohne Schlangenbisse.
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  • Day68

    Visiting Family

    August 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Nice to visit family we haven't seen in more than 10 years in the Portland area. Then up to Grandpa and Grandi's in Washington. The boys picked a bowl full of wild blackberries and were finally willing to try them, they decided they taste like candy! Camden begged Grandi to teach him how to knit.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Marion County, مقاطعة ماريون, Мариън, মারিওন কাউন্টি, Condado de Marion, Marioni maakond, Marion konderria, شهرستان ماریون، اورگن, Comté de Marion, Marion megye, Մարիոն շրջան, Contea di Marion, マリオン郡, Marion Comitatus, Marion Kūn, Hrabstwo Marion, Comitatul Marion, Мэрион, Округ Марион, Меріон, ماریون کاؤنٹی، اوریگون, Quận Marion, Condado han Marion, 馬里昂縣