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Monday, May 2, 2011

Returning from Portland, OR - Waterfalls and Cherry Blossoms

Dear Family and Friends,

Although it was raining when we first arrived, we had a terrific time in Portland.  Saturday the weather was much better with the sun peeking out and on Sunday it was a beautiful sunny day.

Chuck and I love this city.  It has wonderful public transit, it is also bike and pedestrian friendly.  We enjoyed shopping at the Saturday Market, eating at our favorite restaurants and visiting fun neighborhoods.

On our return trip we detoured from the interstate and took the historic scenic highway.  This wonderful highway is two lane and winds through some of the most beautiful country you will ever see.

This was our view of Crown Point and the Columbia River Gorge.

Here is the vista house at Crown Point.

We saw beautiful waterfalls that reminded us of Ecuador.

Mountain streams that reminded us of the Tomebamba in Cuenca.

And of course the beautiful blooming cherry trees....

We are now back in Richland.  We will be finishing the paperwork and turning over our house this week.  Bittersweet for sure!!

Next week we are taking the Amtrak to Minnesota.  We will be visiting our daughter, Merri and her family.  We will return with two granddaughters.  Petra and Paige will be coming with us to Ecuador for "Camp Mimi and Poppi".

As we come back through Richland, we will get our son, Matt, and head to Seattle.  More about our plans later.

For now, we are enjoying watching our backyard turn green and blossom.  Spring is a wonderful time of year!!



  1. I lived in the NW for 6 years. Love seeing your pictures! Maybe I do miss home?!!!

    Safe travels, and happy blogging!

    Hugs from Thailand,

  2. Lani,

    Portland is a great place. It is funny, just today I was telling Chuck how much I missed Chiang Mai and would love to make a return trip to Thailand.


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