Tag: Adventure

Too hot and Smoky for outdoor adventures

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I haven’t been on too many adventures, especially the past month and a half because it has been to hot and smoky most of that time.

Beginning in late July and early august we were getting smoke from forest fires in BC (British Columbia) and Washington. Now we have a lot of fires burning up and down the west coast, including as close as 20 – 30 miles away in the Gorge.

Here are a few pictures taken locally within the last 36 hours:

The air has been at an unhealthy level quite a bit. I stepped outside about an hour ago, and it was very hot and smoky. The air even smelled very smoky. My allergies have been very bad today and my nose, throat and lungs are burning, just from a few minutes outside.

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Summer Beach Day

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It was so good to be back at the beach today. I have missed it so much, you all have no idea. 

There is one particular area of the North Coast, which has felt like home for the past few years. 

Today I had gone to Rockaway Beach for part of the day. It was a beautiful day. It was pretty windy but beautiful. There is a state park near there that I absolutely love. 

Before coming back to the city, I stopped in Seaside, to grab some food. I had found a parking spot a little bit of a walk from the main drag that goes down to the beach. I am super glad I had parked where I did beings that there was so much traffic and not a park to be found along the main strip. Seaside is pretty much my least favorite town along the Oregon Coast. It is so touristy and has lost the character that many of the other smaller towns on the Oregon Coast have. Seaside has definitely turned into the top coastal tourist destination and has been trying to imitate the Southern California and East Coast beach towns that have all the attractions and shops. It also has a huge to do over spring break. For those of you who have watched Gilmore Girls in season 4, when Rory, Paris and some of the other Yaleies go to Florida for spring break, Seaside is where you are going to get as close to that kind of spring break as you will get here in Oregon. 

I definitely prefer a beach that is relatively empty and fairly clean. I definitely prefer being able to get out and walk along the beach, and be able to stay somewhere (whether I am camping or staying at a house) where I can have a campfire in the evening, and relax and drink some tea and maybe make some s’mores. 


I have loved the ocean for as long as I can remember. Whether it is a beautiful sunny day like today or whether it is pouring down rain and the seas are super rough, or even the rare occasion when it snows on the beach. I love it all. 

Bybee-Howell House

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Yesterday, my mom has suggested making a run out to Sauvie Island, and go to one of the farms to see if they had Strawberries yet. Turns out that it is still a little early for strawberries, especially to get flats of them to make jam. They had some from their first picking so we got a couple of pints. 

We had driven past this old farm house, which I had seen before, but kind of took notice of yesterday. The site has been turned into a territorial park. The house itself was built back in 1856, before Oregon was even a state. It’s original owner was one of the first commissioners of Multnomah County. 

I love old farm houses, especially in this part of the country. The Bybee – Howell house has an orchard out back, and it was so pretty. 

Ready for New Adventures 

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I know I mentioned in my last post, that I love this part of the country, which is 100% true, I do love it here. At the same time, I am ready to move. I don’t want to move super far away, but I am wanting to move somewhere that would open up more adventure opportunities that are in the Rocky Mountain region, yet also near an international airport. 

Living where I am, we have old company owned lumber mill towns that have been Demolished, and are not open to be explored. 

I am wanting to go and explore the old gold and silver towns, and towns of the Old West / Wild West history. I am always looking for new content to write about and post pictures of for you all. 

While I love this part of the country, I can only go back to the same places so many times before it is redundant, and boring for all of you, as well as for me. 

I will keep you all updated when things and the details fall into place and a move takes place. 

Making Plans

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I know I recently made a blog post about places I wanted to go hiking, and I have gotten thinking about the places, that don’t necessarily include hikes, or are not hiking specific that I want to go visit, and see.

I have been interested in, and loved exploring the old ghost towns, and restored ghost towns of the American and Canadian West. This began the first time I had visited Barkerville, British Columba, in Canada. I would love to go back to Barkerville again, now that I am an adult.

I am fascinated by old places, as of yet, I am a die hard urban explorer, but I do love seeing these old places, that have a history, and at one time were living, breathing towns that were bustling with life. Then for whatever reason these places became abandoned, and go from bustling to nothing. I don’t believe in ghosts or paranormal, yet I do believe that the places still hold memories of the people who lived there, which is eerie in and of itself. I know buildings aren’t alive like humans are, ¬†but there is just something about old, abandoned places, where human life has left an imprint.

Some old Ghost Towns I would love to visit include:
Bannock, Montana
Bodie, California
Tombstone, AZ
Virginia City, Nevada
Goldfield, Nevada
Barkerville, British Columbia

Idaho Silver Mining Towns such as:
Chesterfield Historic Town Site
Wallace Area
Bayhorse Ghost Town and Trails
Silver Valley Historical Area
Custer Historic Mining Town
Silver City Historical Area
Idaho City Historical Area
Sierra Silver Mine Tour

On a less creepy, old, scary note other places I want to go visit include:

Going back to New York City, two more times, once when the weather is decent and warm enough to go see all the sights, and the second time, being sometime between Thanksgiving and mid December. I want to see the skating rink and the tree in Rockefeller center, as well as everything decorated up for Christmas.

I want to visit Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine in the fall and see what all the fuss about Autumn in New England is all about, especially since fall is my favorite season.

I also want to go to Disneyland in October to see it decorated all up for Halloween, as well as in December, to see it all decorated for Christmas. One of these trips (Probably the October Trip), I would love to go back to San Diego. I didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to the first time.

I would also love to be able to spend a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in London. I would love to attend the Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey, that begins Christmas Eve night and goes into Christmas Morning, as well as attend a Christmas Service on Christmas Morning. Then head up to Scotland, and stay through New Years (which would include my birthday), before coming back to the States.

I would also love to visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Denali National Park, see the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as Nashville.

There is a lot I want I want to see, but nothing that can’t be done in my life time, yet still be able to put down roots somewhere, and have a home of my own. At worst be able to do some urban homesteading, at best have a bit of property and do a bit more intensive homesteading.

Updated Blog Address

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2017 is a year of changes, which means that it was time to move my blog to a new address, that better reflects what my blog is all about.

I have transferred the content from my previous blog URL to this new one, it is the same blog, and I will continue writing about my adventures. I hope you follow along as I improve my blog, and create more quality (and hopefully quantity as well) content.

Fort Vancouver

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Yesterday, Friday, October 28th was one of the few perfect fall days when it is warm enough to go out without a jacket, and wearing a short sleeve tee shirt. It is days like that, where I really just want to be outside exploring, so that is exactly what I did. Yesterday I had decided to drive across the river to Vancouver and go to Fort Vancouver. It was the perfect day to be outside exploring history. I had visited Fort Vancouver a couple times over the past few years, but this was the first time I had been there when it wasn’t a special event or Holiday, where they had reenactors there doing living history. This was also the first time I had actually gone in the Big House. The Big House was where John McLoughlin who was a chief factor and superintendent of the Columbia District of the Hudson’s Bay Company, his second wife (who was half cree) and their children lived. Both of John McLoughlin’s wives were of native descent (his first was Ojibway, His second wife being half cree). Mixed race marriages and relations were not uncommon back in the days when Fur Trading was big, and before the territory was really settled by white settlers who brought their white ways and women out west with them. It was really once there became more white women coming out west that the mixed marriages declined. It didn’t surprise me upon learning that the white fur traders were marrying native and mixed race women, and then that became taboo again as more white women were coming out west. That is one of the things that has fascinated me about this part of the North American continent, is the Ethnic diversity that has been a part of our history out here, since at least the 18th century.

Up the small hill from the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort Vancouver stands the Vancouver Barracks and Officer’s Row, that were constructed for the Army in the 1840’s, and had been expanded on over the years. The Army now no longer uses the barracks, and the houses that make up Officer’s Row are now used as other businesses, at least one restaurant among other things. When I was there yesterday there was work being done on the barracks, for which I am hoping that it is preservation, restoration and required upgrades to keep them structurally sound and up to code, yet keeping the historical structure, while preserving it for future generations.


Before I had walked back down the hill to my car, I looked off the the Southeast, and had a perfect view of Mount Hood (which is here in Oregon). Seeing the mountains, and living where we have mountains, and peaks such as Mt Hood, Mt Saint Helens, Mt Rainier, and so many more, are something that I quite often take for granted yet I never tire of seeing whenever I see them.

I know there are people out there that don’t like the mountains, and feel to closed in by them, but I am one of those people who loves the mountains, and am always happy to get back to the mountains, the greenery, and the rain after having been away from this part of the country.