Exploring Palouse

  There were certainly lots of MISadventures on our way to Palouse, and a little mishap on our last day in the area, besides that we had a lot of fun in Eastern Washington. Palouse is the land of wheat and barley and lentils and garbanzo. No matter what the crop, in the summer just before harvest they are fields of gold. And if you get lucky, like we did, you get to see them … [Read more...]

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Locals I Love – Bob’s Red Mill

I love Bob's Red Mill. Love them. Love them. Love them! Our local grocery store in Berkeley carried a huge amount of their products and we bought buckwheat flour to make crepes, waffle mixes and various beans to make soups.  We are big fans of the food, but I knew very little about the company. When we planned our itinerary for the summer we knew we were going to spend some extra time in … [Read more...]

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San Francisco Profiles – San Francisco’s SoMA with Christine

Just because I left San Francisco to go on a sabbatical, doesn't mean I don't have this contagious city on my mind. After ten months on the road the closest thing to quenching my overwhelming desire for the culinary delights of the city by the Bay is Portland.  San Francisco just has so much to offer! One of my favorite neighborhoods by far is SoMa. I worked in the area for five years so I got … [Read more...]

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Locals I Love – Rogue Ales & Spirits

You only need to spend a short amount of time in Oregon to see that beer is a huge passion here. There are breweries everywhere! I think you can spend a lifetime trying to taste them all, at least a couple of years. I tasted about a dozen in the span of 30 minutes and I'd say going with the over-time route is probably better for your liver! Not counting this year off, I've worked in … [Read more...]

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Happy 100 Years to the National Park Service!!

I'm a little bit ashamed to admit this, but prior to this year I didn't have a real appreciation for our national park system.  Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite was always peripherally there, but my only conscious thoughts about that park was to avoid it in the summer! We did have a couple of lovely visits to this park in the winter though. Boy was I wrong. Taking this year off … [Read more...]

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Exploring the Oregon Coast

For years while living in the San Francisco Bay Area I wanted to take a road trip up the Oregon coast.  Mr. Misadventures and I had planned several one-to-two week trips, but when it came time to pull the trigger we were always lured back to Europe. Last year when we bought the RV I knew that I was finally going to get the trip I wanted. We spent five weeks slowly climbing the coast. We started … [Read more...]

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Exploring Central Oregon

Mr. Misadventures and I spent three weeks in Central Oregon, staying in Dayville, Redmond and Crescent. This part of Oregon is really unique. During our time we found ourselves in the arid high desert, in lush redwood forests with gorgeous waterfalls and along volcanic lakes that were both harsh and breathtaking. The Painted Hills were quite beautiful, the geological layers, mesmerizing.  The … [Read more...]

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Oregon’s Painted Hills

If you find yourself driving in Central Oregon, perhaps between Boise and Bend, make sure you hit the Painted Hills. They are one of three parts (referred to as units) of the John Day Fossil National Monument. You can do the Painted Hills in a half day and it's totally worth the detour. We stayed five days in the area and explored all three units of the park. We preferred the Painted Hills … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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