Monthly Archives: September 2011

In which I go to another country

In the morning I woke up and we had a fantastic breakfast hash. It was lovely indeed. After breakfast, S went on in to the office. I showered, and computed, and hung out with P for a while until it … Continue reading

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Maybe Canada isn’t so bad after all

I woke up pretty early in a campground outside of Sidney, BC. (This wasn’t a surprise to me, but I thought you might have forgotten where I went to sleep.) I drove out of the park and into town where … Continue reading

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Getting Back to the Mainland

I was on my way to the ferry to get off this island and back to the mainland. Getting to the mainland was a first step in getting back to getting back to the US of A. I figured it’d … Continue reading

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This Land is My Land

My stealth camping on the street in Vancouver was uneventful. I woke up pretty early and was on the move before 7:00. I used the bathroom at a convenience store, but they had no soda fountain. I bought ice so … Continue reading

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The World is My Oyster

After I finished up with Rocket Donuts I headed on south along the coast. There were some pretty awesome views along the way. At one place, I found a thong in the bushes. It was the first time I’d seen … Continue reading

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Over the mountain and through the woods, again

I was toasty warm in my “real” sleeping bag, which has a 0F rating, as opposed to the 55F rated bag that I started the trip with. When I poked my arms out, though, I was cold. It was probably … Continue reading

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Mazama Holiday

I woke up parked in the carport at my friend’s house. I drove the two kilometers in to the store and had a breakfast sandwich. There was no internet there, but I wrote some anyway. As I was leaving I … Continue reading

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Do you have insurance?

As I wrote this title, I was reminded of John Prine’s “Illegal Smile” . . . “And all my friends turned out to be insurance salesmen.” No, I have not (yet?) decided to dump my academic career for selling insurance. … Continue reading

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The Holiday Continues

I woke up in a comfortable bed in B’s guest room, at least it was the guest room when his wife wasn’t there. They apparently have differing opinions about which room is preferable. After a couple of cups of coffee, … Continue reading

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Traveling to Eastern Oregon

Well, I was going to have to stop being on holiday sometime, and today was the day. The ReUnion was only two days away, and it seemed like a good idea to take two days to get there. B made … Continue reading

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ReUnion: Bunches of Busses

I found my way from Union to the Catherine Creek State Park. I knew I was headed the right way since I was being followed by another Vanagon Westfalia. I pulled in and saw a bunch of campers. I was … Continue reading

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Getting Back to Portland

I got packed up, bid farewell to my new Westfalia friends and headed out of Catherine Creek. I made sure that I had plenty of gas. The tank was still pretty much full since I’d run out pretty close to … Continue reading

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Ikea, Spoiled Beer, and Great conversation

I woke and up had a lazy morning with M and K. At the ReUnion LINK I’d seen some cool lights that someone had gotten at Ikea that I thought I might add to Walden; M and I made plans … Continue reading

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Dinner with a Friend

After dropping my friend at her hotel, I made it to the restaurant a while before Crash. He and I were roommates my last semester in college. Upon arrival he explained that his name was Crash and promptly named me … Continue reading

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A day in Portland

The good thing about overnight stealth camping on a random street in Portland is that when you wake up, you’re not far from a place that has power, wifi, a bathroom, oh, and coffee. The Flying Cat Coffee Company is … Continue reading

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Octoberfest!

It was time to say farewell to my friends in Portland and south. I said goodbye to the dog too. He’s a lot more of a licker than was Thor. I’d gotten tips from my friend about the Octoberfest celebration … Continue reading

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Goats and Ukes!

When I awoke in Walden parked the field in Mt. Angel, my auxiliary battery was almost dead. This battery thing was really starting to bum me out. I considered hanging around having having a few more sausages, but decided instead … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different

After I bid farewell to the goats, I headed on down to Corvallis, where another person from the Wet Westies email list had invited me to park in his driveway. I’d invited him to join me for drinks at one … Continue reading

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Beautiful Beaches, Annoying Rangers

Having had a shower and some pancakes I was back on the road. I stumbled on to the Oregon Oyster farm, which was not where Google thought it was. I did manage to find it, though they wouldn’t sell many … Continue reading

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And on down the coast

It turns out that parking between two big trucks is a noisy place come 5AM when they start their day. Since I’d payed the $17.82 for the privilege of parking I thought I’d go use their bathroom. I couldn’t figure … Continue reading

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Boundaries

This was another day that I ambled down the coast with no particular goal other than moving south. I stopped a few times and got some pictures of stuff, like some dried up flower. There were also some more of … Continue reading

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Lighthouse

I woke up and walked to the shower house. I was clean, but was unable to provide myself with underwear that were also clean. I’ve gotten rid of at least two pair of underwear since I went full-time and I … Continue reading

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Eureka!

I hung out at The Village Camper Inn for a good while in the morning. I finally found someone who could give me the combination to the bathroom and got a shower. I hung out in Walden for until 11:00 … Continue reading

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Oil Leak

Walden and I ambled on down through the redwoods. Where there was a sign that offered the opportunity to drive through a tree we knew that we had to do it. I paid the ten bucks and on we went! … Continue reading

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Going to a house

I woke up and headed out of Richardson Grove State Park. On down the road I saw a winery and thought that I should stop. they had grapes growing there. When I arrived, there were three couples arranging some means … Continue reading

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Our house!

No river, and we wouldnt make you stay in the van!!! But not until I am back from India… How’s Thor liking life on the road?  Did you read him” Travels with Charley”???  XOV Like this:Like Loading…

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Buzzards Day, Hinckley Ridge, Ohio

  See buzzards (turkey vultures) come home to roost in the rock cliffs and ledges in Hinckley. This annual celebration dates back to 1957 when 9,000 visitors flocked the township to see the return of the buzzards from their winter … Continue reading

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