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lead image for this date15 October 2017 :

We drove up to Silver Falls State Park, the crown jewel in a stunning collection of Oregon State Parks, first to return the mortal remains (ashes) of our beloved brother Michael Elkan to the stream he lived and worked beside for most of his best years...


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lead image for this date24 August 2018 : Happy BD Rochelle

Travel day. “Remind me never to travel again on my birthday!“ Today should have been a fairly easy, backroads 250 mile ride, but that would be if the highway wallahs put signs in the right places...


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lead image for this date25 August 2018 :

Saturday in Silverton, so there's a market. This compact little market has a lot of good food, but not much organic (maybe they haven't gotten that memo yet?) and lots of dogs: one woman with three nasty little mutts, a big backpack, a shopping bag, and zero sense of her footprint, knock tomatoes on the ground...


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lead image for this date26 August 2018 : Oregon Garden

Sharon took us to the Oregon Garden today. What an ambitious undertaking: 80 acres of intensely landscaped southwest facing hillside. Sharon is especially interested in the conifers, which makes sense here in Oregon where conifers rule...


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1st per in:|d brother Michael Elkan to the stream he lived and worked beside for most of his best years... ...and then to take the long (Parks says 4.3 miles, we say more like 6) walk from North Falls (right below which we scattered the ashes in the stream) down past four lovely waterfalls (see below), then back up past three more. |
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1st per in:|e highway wallahs put signs in the right places. We had a confusion in Washington around Chehalis, and another around Hillsboro, Oregon; if only we ’d been born there, we’d’a known, y’know? More iceberg lettuce in the lunch salad in Longview than I have eaten for years. So: 258 miles, 6.5 hours on the road, 75mpg, 2 major frustrations (that felt a LOT longer than 8 miles, but that's all they were), many minor frustrations but zero flaggers! Only one more difficult day between us and home, and while we're enjoying family and looking forward to Shakespeare, thoughts of home begin to abound.|
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1st per in:|nd lots of dogs: one woman with three nasty little mutts, a big backpack, a shopping bag, and zero sense of her footprint, knock tomatoes on the ground. "Oh, sorry," she said, unapologetically.  This little person stoutly denied that her thumb was watermelon flavored. |
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1st per in:|ested in the conifers, which makes sense here in Oregon where conifers rule.  The conifer garden is indeed spectacular, and very diverse. Most of the matrix below came from that area. There's also a resort and spa with, Sharon says, a lamentable restaurant, and this is obviously a well-oiled event venue – two weddings apparently working today. There's a rose garden (not in good shape at this time of year); a bunch of water features with koi in some, hydrilla and lotus in others; a huge Zinnia garden with lots of showy, colorful blooms. We last visited this garden perhaps 10 years ago, when it was just getting started. One feature I especially appreciate: most of the Garden's water supply comes from the nearby Silverton waste treatment facility; the water features provide tertiary treatment, so the water that's run through them can be used for irrigation.|
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