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Hi Everyone: Just getting you a window to our travel blog. While traveling, we will attempt to add an entry every evening - sometimes with photos. Feel free to check in as often as you are curious.
We're starting into the final week of nitty-gritty details, but feel relatively ready to go. Any prayers for the continued health of Ron's parents will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all your well-wishes over the past few weeks.
... going up and down the river all the time. We crossed the bridge back into Washington and went to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Here we saw displays about the historic Native Americans in the area, the exploration & arrival of the first Europeans and the industry in the area today. All very interesting.
Then we drove back across the river to Oregon ...
... casting an eerie mood over the green water. And the river was calm enough to mirror the trees growing beside it.
Eventually we reached the coast, but initially the road did not follow the coastline where we could see the ocean. So we took a side road to the Oregon Dunes and parked the car in a lot. And Steve made the steep climb in soft beach sand to the top of a very high dune to get a glimpse of the ocean while I chatted ...
... learned their craft in workshops or ateliers—most of which were very competitive to enter. And as with all craftsmen, these talented people (98% men and a few good women) served their time under a master.
The process of creating that first, second and no doubt even twentieth miniature was spent ...
... that did not keep her from sleeping soundly at 4 am when Bill was wakened by some significant shuffling in the bush alongside the van. It was definite heavy steps in the brush which can only have been made by something as large as a bear or a human. It went away after 45 minutes or so, so there was nothing to be done but return to sleep for a couple of more hours.
Day 11: Portland
Continuing the forest drive and into a pretty agricultural valley, ...