Wow, how the time has flown! It’s Halloween already which means one more sleep and I board the first of 3 planes for my trip home. The long haul of 27 hours from Portland, Or, USA to Hobart, Tas, Australia.
My two + weeks have been the most incredible I’ve ever experienced. I’ve seen some of the world’s infamous sights – Grand Canyon, Sedona, Mt St Helens – and some of the most beautiful country side, rugged coastline and I can’t forget the stunning colours as the trees change.
I’ve eaten new foods – or new combinations – driven on the wrong side of the road – quite the strangest experience I’ve had for some time – been called British on several times – not an issue at all – and being drilled about all things Australian – from my friend’s husband mainly – christened myself ‘the gift shop queen’ and amused a new friend with my ‘fancy selfies’
The last three days have been very long, and very busy. Long times in the car, some bad coffee, lots of laughing and the destination becoming the journey. Or was it that the journey became the destination?
Either way, good times with my friend, her husband and sister.
One day I’m on top of a mountain, the next I’m attending my friends wedding.
The next week, I’m in the snow on top of a lava flow, while the following day finds me standing on the beach in front of the Pacific.
And just over a week before I’m wearing shorts and getting a tan in 30C heat in the desert surrounded by cactus.
I have hundreds of photos to go through and if I get time to look at them properly now, I will spam your inbox with numerous posts. If not, then when I get home and find my head space, as I’ll be hitting the ground running.
For now, please enjoy a few shots of my latest little adventures.
Astoria, Or looking across to Washington
Lava Flow, 5000 ft up and bitter
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Tagged Astoria, bridges, Grand Canyon, lava, Mt St Helens, Newport, Oregon, planes, Sedona, Washington, waterfalls
After the Japanese Gardens we headed through the city and down to the Portland Saturday Market on Waterfront Park. Wandering the stalls of this artisan market, there were some wonderful products for sale, but nothing that really stood out for me to buy as a souvenir – or that I was going to risk losing on entry on arrival into Australia. As a local or American resident I would have spent a small fortune collecting items.
Crossing the street I fished out the first US dollars I have touched in the time I’ve been here and bought myself an elephant ear. No, no elephants were hurt in the process. It is a large deep-fried donut like food, only flat and with very little ‘cake’ texture in the middle. A sweet bread almost, covered in cinnamon sugar. Totally bad for you, but it tastes oh so good.
After that we wandered a few blocks of the city. The buildings are a beautiful mix of old and new, and because this is new to me, I just had to get pictures.
We then wandered across Steel Bridge, 1 of 9 (or 12 depending on where you count them from) that cross the Wilamette River before walking back to the car and taking a quick drive through Fort Vancouver.
And just in time too, the wind picked up and it started raining.
It’s now time for a wine (I found a nice ‘import’, read Australian made) and a light meal, chilling at home nice and early (read, before 6pm). I say a light meal because aside from the elephant ear, we started the day with a very American breakfast – a pancake wrapped omelette & bacon, massive hash brown and a side of biscuits and gravy. Huge and oh so much food. See below comment about the elephant ear as to why there is no picture just yet. Neither of us could finish it and so the doggy bag was packed and brought home for her husband.
Hmm, were there camera crews following these guys? We couldn’t see any, but who knows?
I have a picture of the elephant ear on my phone, but it was playing silly buggers and wasn’t uploading. I promise it will be posted here for you.
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Tagged American breakfast, artisan market, Australian wine, bread like donut, bridges, cinnamon sugar, elephant ear, elephant ears, market, Oregon, Portland, Portland Saturday Market, souvenirs, US dollars, Waterfront Park, Willamette river
It’s been 3 days since I left Arizona and my last post here, but it feels like a lifetime already. We spent a lot of time in Seattle – a beautiful city I could imagine myself living in. After a lovely seafood lunch right on the water, a visit to the Space Needle was a must (actually, that was my idea, I really wanted to visit) and the view was amazing, the city was green and an eclectic mix of old and new.
Monday us girls went and did some retail therapy – you will see the results of that one day when I get home. And today, Tuesday, us girls went on a road trip up the gorge and checked out some of the most amazing scenery and waterfalls ever. Parts of the trip reminded me of home, which is not surprising. Oregon is about the same latitude as Tassie. It’s kind of a same same but different scenario.
Here are a few pictures of what’s been happening, and hopefully I’ll be able to post again soon.
Space Needle, Seattle
View from the Space Needle
Elevator, Oregon city
Columbia River Gorge
Vista House lookout
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Tagged Arizona, beautiful city, beautiful scenery, bridges, seafood lunch, Space Needle, waterfalls
After a minor delay we eventually headed north about 1pm. A short diversion to the historic town of Richmond (the oldest bridge in Australia), then hit the highway to Oatlands – with the Windmill – Ross (more bridge), through Evandale, the place of Lavendar, Penny Farthing Races and (I’m assuming) the home of Glover, the originator of a Prestigious Landscape Art Award.
Into Launceston, we find a motel, head out to a fab pub where Angus burgers and a great Rump steak were on the menu. Yum!
Then it was chillin’ out and eating TimTams.
Tomorrow night will be with my sister (the one on the dairy farm).
A picture post will be added in the near future. There are many to choose from.
Keep smiling, we’re happy 🙂