Thursday Doors – Alcatraz

This week’s door was discovered at Alcatraz, the infamous island prison located off of the Californian Coast. Once home to notorious criminals, the property today is an easy and interesting day trip from San Francisco.

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D is for .. Dale Chihuly

For this Alphabet installment, let’s take a look at the stunning works of world renowned artist Dale Chihuly.

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Germs

Have you been to Seattle’s Pike Place Market? It’s super touristy, but a fun place to spend a couple of hours checking out the various vendors (hello original Starbucks!). It turns out that, in addition to being the oldest public market in the USA, it’s also home to one of the germiest tourist attractions in […]

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North Fork Yachats River Covered Bridge

Leaving the small seaside town of Yachats, James and I headed into the countryside. After driving along a windy road surrounded by trees and fields for approximately 20 minutes, we reached our destination: the rustic and historic covered bridge I’d seen online. Originally built in 1938 by veteran bridge builder Otis Hamer, this queenpost truss […]

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A is for .. Airplane

A new year, and a new feature on MOTM. Using the letters of the alphabet as inspiration, I’ll be sharing photos and travel anecdotes on a biweekly basis. To start off this series, I’m sharing a few photos taken at The Museum of Flight a few years ago.

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Gordon House

Late last week I saw an headline about a Frank Lloyd Wright house being acquired by a museum in New Hampshire, in the United States. For those not familiar with Mr. Wright, he made a name for himself by (among many things) being an innovative architect who’s design focused on bridging humans and our natural […]

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First For The Trees

At the intersection of NW Broadway and Couch in Portland, on the side of the historic DeSoto Building, you’ll find artist Gage Hamilton’s yellow mural known as “Ozymandias (DeSoto Detached)”.

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A Life Update

The last time I checked in, James and I were in the grips of a nasty virus that seemed to have permanently moved in with us. I’m happy to report that we’re both feeling a lot better. We’re still not 100% recovered, but we’ll take what we can get.

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That Night in the Tiki Bar

Across the street from our Portland motel was a fun looking tiki bar that screamed for us to check it out. The decor inside The Alibi was kitschy and typically tiki bar-ish. Exactly what I was looking for. I may have had one too many potent and ridiculously named Banana Hammocks. How could I say […]

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Sea Lion Caves

While on the Oregon Coast we decided to check out Sea Lion Caves, a tourist attraction built around the largest naturally formed underground cavern in America that is home to – you guessed it – local sea lions.

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The Oregon Garden, Part 2

Yesterday I shared photos of some of the plants and flowers I saw at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. They were cool and kind of subdued. Today we’ll look at the brighter photos that I took. I hope you enjoy them.

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The Oregon Garden

We visited the Oregon Garden earlier this week for a wander through the enormous grounds (80 acres!). I’ve split my photos into 2 groups, and today we’ll start with the first.. it’s more muted than tomorrow’s group, but the plants and flowers are nowhere less beautiful. I’m not sure what the above pod is, but […]

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Tsunami Hazard Zones

While life on the Oregon Coast can be carefree and relaxing, a sobering reality is that much of it lies in tsunami hazard zones. It’s common for hotels and motels around the world to display fire evacuation maps in each room. On the Oregon Coast they go further by providing maps to safety zones on […]

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Oregon – #POTD

I’m writing this post in the van as we make our way north towards the Canadian border. This past week in Oregon has been a lot of fun and we’re both sad to see it come to an end.

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Silverton Murals

The nearest city to our campsite was Silverton, which lies on the 45th Parallel (Vancouver, where we call home, is at the 49th). The small city is named after the Silver Creek that runs through it. Human habitation of the area spreads back over 6000 years, and agriculture has been the main industry since the […]

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Oregon – #POTD

Here’s today’s photo. Enjoy! Notice anything special? Probably not. Here, let’s zoom in..

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Voodoo Doughnuts

I mentioned in a #POTD earlier this week that we’d gone to Voodoo in Portland. The line outside was long and the sun was blazing – two things to quickly make me very cranky. But I had high hopes after reading so many good reviews online, and decided that it had to be worth the […]

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Looking Out to Sea

A few more photos from the tiny seaside village of Yachats on the Oregon Coast. Bonne journée! Marla

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Oregon – #POTD

Helloooo from the Oregon Coast! We’ve just checked into our motel and I’m currently sitting on the balcony watching (and listening to) the ocean waves crash. It’s mesmerising. Words cannot describe just how relaxed I feel.

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