After San Francisco, we trained up to Oregon to see cousin Linley and her husband Dave in Canby, near Portland. What a beautiful part of the country it is too! Everything is unbelievably lush and green as a result of all the rain. The lawns are immaculate, water flows everywhere and the soil is rich and productive. It was great to leave all the crazy traffic behind as we looked out of the viewing carriage of the train as we passed huge mountains, pine forests, rivers and the occasional snowy scenes.
We spent 10 days up in Oregon, mostly with Dave and Linley and their two cute ciahuahuas, Chico and Cheech.
We also spent an enjoyable few days in Portland, which is a great city. An Australian journalist recently suggested that Adelaide should model itself on Portland, which would be a good idea because Portland has a lot going for it. There is a bit of a campaign going on to ‘keep Portland weird!
So, the highlights of our time in Oregon…
* the train trip from San Francisco
Silver Falls near Canby…. beautiful
* the covered bridge at Gallon, named during the Prohibition era when grog changed hands
* Bauman Farms, decked out with local produce and Halloween decorations
* the Oregon Trail Museum, for an understanding of what the American pioneers went through (lots!)
* Dr McLoughlin’s house
* the two hour walking tour of Portland with Eric… a very funny guy!
* Powell Book Store in Portland… absolutely massive and definitely the best bookstore I have ever been to!
* the food carts of Portland.. huge array of economical food choices to enjoy. They have 100′s!
* Washington Park, Portland, with its rose garden, Japanese garden
* the Edgefield Poor Farm, historic building now redeveloped as a hotel
* the fish hatcheries, featuring Herman, a 70 year old, 3 metre long sturgeon
* Multnomah Falls, which Carly and I hiked to the top of. Wow! Worth the climb.
* the Aurora folk museum, a great insight into local history
The absolute highlight though was a late afternoon flight in Dave’s plane. We flew from the Aurora Airport, up over the Washington border and back. On the way we saw the coast, Mt Hood, the mouth of the Colombia River, Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier and a spectacular sunset.
Thank you Dave and Linley for your warm hospitality.