Oregon Coast

0Y1A3709This is our second time driving up the Oregon Coast. We visted some of the same spots as we did last year and spent more time at our favorites. Tonight we are in Seaside. I have plans for a morning sunrise at Cannon Beach to take pictures of Haystack Rock.

In general we have no plans for the next day except for important things like a plane to catch. No planes to catch Monday but we want to end the day about an hour away from Portland.

Tonight we are staying in our 2nd Airbnb acquired condo. It is working well for us.

We drove through Tillamook and experienced the smell of cheese. Well, not really cheese but one of the precursors which is cow manure. Not the nice fresh green rolling hills with the occasional cow patty but instead the tens of thousands of dairy cows making 100lbs of runny manure per cow per day. Tillamook has a smell problem. Not all that bad as far as I’m concerned. Their cheese is OK.

Portland Oregon to Eugene

0Y1A3189We’ve spent the day in Portland. I think the one thing I’ll remember the longest is the number of homeless. I found a source that reports 4.000 people a night sleep on the streets or in shelters in Portland. Night time temps are about 25 with daytime temps about 40. Today many were still bundled up and covered up and sleeping. Alone or in groups I did not notice a street that was vacant.

If you are like me and an East Coast native you probably have a concept of “homelessness” that is likely to clash with reallity in Portland. I did not see one African-American. The largest group by far was “white” and under 40 and while mostly male maybe 25% were female. It was a small sample and a short time observing and I don’t know what the reality is on the streets.

The Skdmore Market downtown on Saturday seems to be the place to be for people watching and checking out lots of high end arts and crafts. We had some very nice food.

Last but not least, we are new consumers of Airbnb. Look it up. More on that later.

My internal clock is on East Coast time. I will honor the cries for sleep.

Black Friday


Day 1

Final prep underway to get things packed and stashed for trip. 1st leg: Home – Norfolk – Baltimore – Portland, Oregon Heading out in a few minutes to take some images here at home in the sunrise foggy morning we have.

Friday: September 19th

We have had a great meal at Globus in Ketchum.  We each had a fish dish we have never had before:  Karen had sturgeon (farm raised) and I had Escolar.

Tonight we have completed about 90% of our packing required for an early morning departure.  Destination: west to the Oregon coast.

What have we learned about Ketchum?  The surrounding areas have a lot to offer.  The Sawtooth National Forest would be a place I’d come back to explore.  Ketchum, not so much.  If you ski or want to shop for expensive art or buy a 2nd home for 1 million+ this might be the place for you.

Thursday: September 18th

I’m not writing like I thought I might.  The amount of material is so large it is getting in the way.

Ketchum, Idaho

A strange town.  Nice exterior.  Nice looking people.  ( “Arnold” and Bruce Willis are listed as celebs who come here to ski ) Nice cars.  If we moved here we would be the new poor people in town.  Property and housing looks to be about 4 to 5 times what we would spend on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The Sawtooth Mountains and other surrounding areas make it worth the stay.  From our condo we can be on some dirt road in 10 minutes.  River water is crystal clear.  Wonderful and diverse plant life is everywhere.  The weather has been most cooperative.

Today we will travel to Twin Falls.  As usual, we have little knowledge of what we will find but it appears there are water falls as well as a large bridge crossing the Snake River where it is legal for B.A.S.E. jumping.

Saturday morning we will leave the comforts of a condo behind and hit the tent trail to the coast of Oregon.  I’m looking forward to it.


Sunday: September 14

Ketchum, Idaho

We are now nestled in a warm cozy condo in the mountains of Idaho.  This will be home till we leave on the 19th and head for the coast of Oregon.

There is cell service and wi fi galor so we should be available if needed.  If you have an urge to fly out to Ketchum we have two extra bedrooms and will pick you up from the airport. (talk about excess)

This is just a quick check in.  I’m hoping to write a good bit in the coming days about our experiences and thoughts about this trip.

Till then…..


Friday: Sept 12

I don’t seem to have enough time to write.  We have sketchy internet and there is so much to do.

While it seems a week ago I guess it was 2 days ago on Wednesday we left Cooke City outside the northeastern entrance to Yellowstone.  The Beartooth Hwy was closed due to ice.  We traveled through Yellowstone and exited the south entrance and entered Grand Teton National forrest.  Wednesday we stayed in a camp in the north section of the park at the Flag Ranch Campground.  Thursday we explored the park heading south along the Teton Park Rd.  We had temps in the low 40′s with a mixture of snow and sleet and a healthy serving of dramatic clouds.

Last night it was a bit cold with a low of 23 in the Gros Ventre Campground… one of (if not the best) we’ve ever visited.  Today we’ve been to the Schwabacher Road turnoff and photographed classic views.  As of this writing we have just finished viewing wonderful art at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

We have no destination for today……

Stay tuned….

Richard and Karen

Wednesday: Sept 10th

Good Morning.

Yesterday we made the trip from Cooke City, Wyoming to Cody along the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway.  It was a spectacular drive with good weather holding all the way to Cody.  It was a bit rainy on the way back.  I highly recommend this drive as it is likely one of the best in the country. (look at my pictures on Flickr)

With the history of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce and how they were forced off their land by our best thinkers and the might of our military coupled with the Japanese internment  camp at Heart Mountain near Cody, this area of the country should make us all think hard of our place in this world and the history we are creating today.  I’m left feeling like I have a debt to pay for my country’s mistakes.  I wonder how future generations will fare in world opinion.


Today we were planning to drive the Beartooth Hwy to Red Lodge but it appears some stretches may be closed.  With elevations of up to 10,000 feet they can have snow in the summer and it is already September.  The weather reports for tomorrow suggests snow in many of the lower elevations around here.

I’m not sure where we will be at the end of today and when our next wi fi fix will occur.