Exploring In and Around Lisbon

When planning our itinerary for our Viking River Cruise in Portugal's Douro River we knew we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity of being in Lisbon, even if it was for just a few days. (We had a cat and an RV being watched by my parents so we couldn't stay forever...even if we wanted to!).  We flew in one day before our Viking itinerary began and stayed three days after the cruise … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #23 – Central Oregon, Redmond

Our wanderings have slowed down a bit. The pace in central Oregon calls for that. We spent our five days in Dayville visiting the Painted Hills and taking leisurely drives through some of the back roads. It rained off and on, conducive for resting, which we did a lot of. I started and finished a book and began another, worked on blog posts for Portugal and generally took it easy. On Monday … [Read more...]

Viking River Cruises – Cruising Portugal Douro Valley

[I was invited to experience Viking River Cruises. I chose Portugal’s Douro Valley. My airfare and cruise were paid for. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own, always are and always will be.] Vine roots in Portugal's Douro Region grow deep. Driving into the rock and soil taking hold as deep as 30 feet. I imagine like most roots, they … [Read more...]


Currently | 6.21.16 Watching | Fear of the Walking Dead Season 2 and The Affair. > I watched the second half of Season 1 of The Affair and the first half of Season 2 while on the plane to and from Lisbon.  I like it but I'm starting to lose interest. I hated Season 6 of The Walking Dead, talk about the story going round in circles and not going anywhere!  We also watched The Night Manager … [Read more...]

$200 Nordstrom Gift Card

I haven't shopped in a Nordstroms in forever.  A $200 Nordstrom Gift Card would certainly be an incentive to do so! I've joined a blogger group giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends July 4th and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #22 – Central Oregon, Dayville

What a crappy week with a capitol “C.” I feel really bad writing that given the two horrific events that took place in Orlando this week (as well as the terrible shooting in Paris). But it’s the truth. Worst week thus far with the RV. We hit our 6-months on the road anniversary and to celebrate, our big guy (I know vehicles are usually female, but I get a male vibe from ours) decided to … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #21 – Lisbon/Phoenix

Oh wow! Did a whole week go by without a new blog post? Guess I was having too much fun in Portugal! The [sponsored] Viking River Cruise on the Douro could not have been a better choice. This region is stunningly beautiful and mass tourism hasn't reached the sleepy villages spoiling the simple, hard-working wine culture that was established here centuries ago. Blog posts on my trip and the … [Read more...]

$200 Target Gift Card

Working with a group of bloggers, I've got a $200 Target Gift Card available for my community. Target is an essential part of my RV life and I know I could use a gift card! Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends June 20th and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email by the organizer: Oh My Gosh Beck! Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #20 – Douro River, Portugal

Last week I wrote from Lisbon where we spent a couple of days visiting the city prior to our Viking River Cruise. (More on this sponsored trip in upcoming posts.) Since Saturday we’ve been on the boat exploring the Douro River region of Portugal, wine, porto and all. It’s been energizing to learn so much history of a country I am connected. I know so much about other parts of Western Europe, … [Read more...]

Yellowstone National Park (Part 2)

Our first couple of days in Yellowstone National Park were exciting. Bears and bison and more bears and bison! And babies! But there is a lot more wildlife to see. Like elk. We definitely saw more elk in Grand Teton, so when we spotted them in Yellowstone, we stopped. There were beautiful white pelicans. Isn't this couple adorable? And pronghorn deer. (We saw a lot … [Read more...]