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Travel Stories from the West

The West is an area of the United States full of huge metropolises, chic cities, sleepy towns, mountain resorts with laid-back adventurers who enjoy a robust food scene, the great outdoors, and wine, it’s no wonder it attracts a lot of visitors.

Wine, Wings & Whales – An Oregon Road Trip – Part 2: Willamette Valley

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Willamette Valley has the best Pinot Noir in the world. Coming from someone who lived next to Napa/Sonoma for 20 years and whose other half is a Frenchman, that’s saying a lot. But for all my declarations about this winemaking region having the best, I’d never actually been there, so I leaped at the invitation to visit for a few days. I wanted to taste more of what I consider to be the nectar of the gods!

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Wine, Wings & Whales – An Oregon Road Trip – Part 1: The Oregon Central Coast

Mr. Misadventures and I are drawn to the sea. For most of our adult lives, we’ve lived close to an ocean, if not a large body of water. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area we often planned on doing a 1-week road trip up the Oregon Coast, but somehow it never came together. Which is why one of the places I said had to be included in our 18-month RV trip was the Oregon Coast. We spent 5 weeks there and absolutely loved it! Living in Phoenix now, we really miss the sea, so when we were asked about spending a few days on the Central Oregon Coast, we couldn’t resist.

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Steamboat Bay Fishing Club – Alaska Luxury Fishing

The end of June/beginning of July is typically the hottest part of the summer in Phoenix. So Mr. Misadventures and I jumped at the chance to escape to Alaska and check out Steamboat Bay Fishing Club on Noyes Island.  Steamboat Bay is the closest lodge to the best fishing grounds in Southeast Alaska, and in particular, to the best king salmon. One of the things I miss most since moving to Arizona is access to fresh seafood so what better way to treat myself than to experience lodge life on an island where I can practically reach my hand in the water and grab one of the more than 20 species of sports fish?!

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