Meeting friends' family and friends

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Astoria/Warrenton/Seaside KOA

Flag of United States  , Oregon
Saturday, September 7, 2013

The campground at Cascade Locks was pretty noisy with Union Pacific trains driving by pretty close (including at night with the whistles hooting), so I decided to relocate to Ainsworth State Park closer to Portland.  It was just off the East Historic Columbia River Highway.  As opposed to the day before - Labor day - traffic was now moderate.  Parts of the road offer a perfect view of the Columbia river below.  Also, there are some impressive waterfalls. 
Diane in Albuquerque had suggested that I see her brother, Don, and his wife, Hiroko, while in the Portland area.  I, therefore, called and talked to Hiroko.  In the afternoon I spoke to Don, and we agreed that I would come by the next day, and we would go for dinner at the Spaghetti Factory.  They live in Vancouver, Washington, so on Wednesday I decided to go see some of downtown Portland.  At about 4 pm I headed north to Don and Hiroko.  We had a fine evening at the Spaghetti House.  Don works for Delta at the Portland airport and frequently has to get up at 2 am to go to work
On Tuesday I also spoke to Janis, a friend of Jayne's, who lives in Beaverton, another small town close to Portland.  She was off work on Friday, so we decided that I would come by at 1 pm and pick her up.  I therefore had Thursday 'off' and decided to get a much-needed haircut.  I went back over to Cascade Locks.  A smiling Vietnamese woman, Tiffany (Tif-An-Hu or something like it in Vietnamese?) provided the service. 
Once again I had decided to change camp.  This time I went to another state campground close to Lake Estacada.  Perfect setting, absolutely no outside noise.  The only problem was that it started raining Thursday evening.  I had already barbecued my corn cob, heated my can of beef stew and sat under a tree to keep dry.  The rain continued during the night.  The next morning I tried to salvage everything, but the tent was wet, when I packed it.  Before meeting Janis I went to a laundromat to dry towels and bed linen.  I was at her house on time, dry and happy to see her, and she suggested that we go to a restaurant called McMenamins, a perfect choice.  She works for an outdoors and sports article company called REI, and she loves to camp.  She is a real camper, who takes her backpack into the wilderness.  If there's no room in the campground she will camp at the end of a log road.  But she also carries a gun with her!  She and Jayne have travelled to Turkey and other places.  Jayne is great fun, she said, and I can imagine that. 
After I had taken Janis back to her house, I drove out West to a KOA campground next to the Pacific.  I haven't seen the ocean yet, but it's close.  There was a slight rain Friday night also, so I decided to check into one of the camp's cabins and was kept dry all night.  The KOA lady had promised sunshine today, Saturday, and the weather is getting better and warmer.  Also, the weatherman has promised sunshine during the coming week.  I look forward to that.  Tomorrow or the next day I will begin my long trek down Hwy 101 to San Francisco.        
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Ulrik on

Dear Jens
Yesterday you have been on the move for five months in the US. We have enjoyed your excellent reports - and look forward to the next ones.
Take care -
Lotte and Ulrik

Jayne on

Janis also enjoyed her visit with you. I'm glad you were able to make the connection. I'm envious that you were able to visit Oregon, Washington and Idaho before me. They are 3 of the few states that I haven't been to yet. I was to travel to Oregon last year, but Janis came here instead. Maybe next year.

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