5 of America’s Most Unique Lavender Farms

Summer is just heating up and that means one thing to me. Lavender. There is nothing quite like walking through a heady field of lavender. As your senses take in the deep piney-floral aroma of the beautiful purple flowers, it's easy for your mind to wander to the south of France. However, you don't have to hop on a plane to Aix-en-Provence to visit a lavender farm, there are hundreds of … [Read more...]

Locals I Love – Lavender Valley Farm

I love Instagram. Not only is it fun to share my misadventures from a visual perspective, but I also find great suggestions for places to eat, RV parks to stay in and things to see.  It was while I was perusing a PNW tag that I came across a photo from a lavender farm in the Mt. Hood area. I showed Mr. Misadventures the photo and told him we must visit it while we were staying in the Portland … [Read more...]

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...]

Weekly Wanderings #31 – Portland

It's not Portland, it's HOTland! We have been boiling to death here. Okay, an exaggeration, we have air-conditioning in the RV, but we want to be out and about in Portland, and the weather hasn't been playing nice! But you know what this city has a lot of? Coffee shops!  We don't have awesome wifi in the RV park (what else is new) so we have been spending hot afternoons working in the coffee … [Read more...]

Weekly Wanderings #30 – Portland

After three weeks in Central Oregon and five weeks on the coast, we are back in civilization! Portland that is! It's been a busy week.  We arrived Monday to rain (always fun for setting up the RV) and took advantage of the "bad" weather to knock some errands off our list.  It's been awhile since we've been in a major city and once we leave Portland we won't be near another until sometime in … [Read more...]

36 Hours in Portland

At the beginning of October I went to Portland for 36 hours.  I was there for work and my schedule was packed but when I was not working I was eating (and even sometimes when I was working!).  I love Portland and the Pacific Northwest in general.  As I have mentioned before this area of the US feels like home to me.  It is the region that Mr. Misadventures and I will mostly likely retire to one … [Read more...]

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Trip Report – Portland for the weekend

I have been trying to get Mr. Misadventures to a spot in Oregon for a while now.  He love Seattle and the San Juan Islands, so I knew he would be just as fond of Portland.  My plan had been to go in September, but the weekend we selected was the same as Feast Portland, and while we are huge foodies, hotel availability was a challenge so I pushed our trip into October.  The later you go in the … [Read more...]