From sea to shining sea - Miami to Portland

Trip Start May 04, 2010
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Trip End May 21, 2010


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Thursday, May 6, 2010

DAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

We’re not in Miami anymore!

o   View of Mt Hood from the plane.  Our first clue that we are not in Miami anymore!

o   Drivers are polite!  Merging on to highways, stopping at traffic lights, stopping for people walking across the street and giving bicyclists right of way in the bike lanes – people are definitely different here in Portland!

o   REI & Patagonia stores – there are no stores like this in Miami!  Harvey needs hiking boots so here we are at REI with a great selection.   We check out the Patagonia store so that we can get replacements for our waterproof/windproof jackets that are about 10 years old, but it seems that we need to wait until their winter line comes out this fall.

o   Spring is bursting forth – We can’t believe how vibrant and colorful the city landscape is!  The bright light green of new sprouting leaves on trees and shrubs, the blooming rhododendron and a bunch of other flowers and shrubs that I don’t know the name of, just broadcast like red neon lights, spring is here!  Wow.

A reunion dinner with friends.  It is a reunion with Harvey’s friends Stu and Douglas, Stu’s son Phineas and his fiancée Chelsea.  It was so much fun seeing each of them and catching up.  Phineas and Chlsea are getting married this coming July and we’re glad to see them before the big day when they are joined together as one.  Phineas chose the intimate restaurant, Wild Abandon, that served really good food with excellent service.

MEMORABLE MOMENTS

The welcome ritual of Stu and Harvey when they haven’t seen each other for awhile.  It’s got to be seen to be believed when these two old friends of about 50 years meet together in person.   So much laughing, kidding each other and story telling!

A WORD ABOUT PLANNING THIS TRIP
In planning this trip, I was very fortunate to have the suggestions from
Stu who is the co-author of the Oregon Handbook from Moon Publishing as
well as travel planning assistance from Sheri Doyle, a travel
specialist for the Pacific Northwest.  Stu shared his detailed knowledge of hikes, viewpoints, and the natural history of the area.  Sheri's company is called Pacific Northwest Journeys (www.pnwjourneys.com) and she does customized itineraries after gathering information about her clients and then making recommendations based on their travel style and interests. 
TripAdvisor was also a help.  This is our second trip to the Pacific Northwest made with the assistance of Sheri (the first was Vancouver Island and bear viewing) and I highly recommend her services for the peace of mind that you get from her thorough travel planning style and in-depth area knowledge.
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