Friday, July 23, 2010

July 2010 Trip-Week One

Yes, this is a trip since it has has a beginning and an end rather than a journey which has no end.

Our traveling party this summer includes not only us, Gary, Betty and Jorden, but also Dylan (my sister Micki’s grandson.)  He rode up from Ventura on the the Starlite train.

Jorden had a “tattoo verification”(it passed inspection) appointment in Fremont with the U.S. Air Force recruiters so our first travel day was very short:  about an hour and a half from Monterey to the Alameda Fairgrounds RV Park. We didn’t mind since Kelle & Joe live in the area so we visited and had a great Italian dinner at Strizzi’s in the cute town of Pleasanton.DSCN0474-1

Next morning when we got on the road Jorden and Dylan very quickly designated the back seat area they share as the “Man Cave.”  Pillows, blankets, drinks, snacks, IPods and, of course, cell phones to do a lot of texting! DSCN0537

So here we are…enjoying the the views of the snow on Mt Shasta  thankful that we have AC ‘cause the temperature is topping over 100 degrees when kaabaam!! a blowout on one of our fifth wheel tires!  We have roadside service but decide that we can change the tire…we DO have two strong teens…so the boys under Gary’s supervision pretty quickly change the tire and we’re back on the road.  Of course they manage to text message our adventure out to the world in the midst of the tire change!DSCN0515

Three nights in Portland and we all agree that we LOVE Portland EXCEPT for the horrendous traffic backups everytime/everywhere we go…but by our last day we have figured out some side street routes to avoid the crowded freeways.

The Saturday Market was fun…so much to look at!  DSCN0551

The guys find sunglasses:DSCN0556

The Portland Trailblazer’s arena Rose Garden was a must-see for my three male companions---darn, the store isn’t open and the security guard says we can’t even look at the court where the Trailblazer’s play!  Gary tells him that “We came all the way from California and this tall young man plays basketball.”   He says “follow me” and gives us a peak of the court!  Yahoo!  (They’re also doing casting call auditions for the TV show “Biggest Loser” but we don’t get into that line.)DSCN0578

The jetboat tour of the Willamette River was an absolute kick!  I didn’t take the “not responsible for water damages to cameras, cell phones etc.” sign seriously---after all we are just going on a little boat tour.  My oh my, this large jetboat maneuvered and did spins in the river as fast as our jet ski boat (second boat photo!)  Yes, we got very very wet when our driver did 360 degree spins!  But we all raised our hands when he asked who wanted to do more spins!DSCN0585 April-0002

Our jetboat tour took us up the Willamette Falls locks and…


we saw wildlife osprey andDSCN0595a bald eagle. . . DSCN0600our guide told us that this Blue Heron that had been fishing here for days---fishing must be goodDSCN0644

Portland has many bridges…DSCN0591 beautiful Willamette Falls…DSCN0637and even a submarine, the USS Blueback  DSCN0584

Jorden and Dylan were even wetter than they look! (So were we but I didn’t get a photo!)DSCN0655   Our first week comes to an end when we reach Bellingham, Washington and do the hugs and “we’ve missed you” greetings.

More to follow about our second week. . .

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