On a recent road trip for work, I was struck by how many cities and towns in Oregon are named after other big cities. Although I did not look up every one of these, the towns I did Google received their names because the founders were from the originating city.
Portland, Oregon ~ Portland, Maine
Salem, Oregon ~ Salem, Massachusetts
Springfield, Oregon ~ Springfield, Illinois
Eugene, Oregon ~ Eugene, Missouri
Newport, Oregon ~ Newport, New Hampshire
Phoenix, Oregon ~ Phoenix, Arizona
Nashville, Oregon ~ Nashville, Tennessee
Detroit, Oregon ~ Detroit, Michigan
Pendleton, Oregon ~ Pendleton, Illinois
Ontario, Oregon ~ Ontario, California
Taft, Oregon ~ Taft, California
St. Helens, Oregon ~ St. Helens, Washington
Sweet Home, Oregon ~ Sweet Home Alabama, okay that’s a song, but you get the point.
For years, I’ve wanted to take a trip to Leavenworth, Washington. It is a Bavarian Village at the base of several mountain ranges—Stuart and Wenatchee Mountains. Its super popular during Christmas and Oktoberfest.
Eve and I took our moms for some fun girl time last weekend. The buildings and flowers were gorgeous. Eve is the ultimate bag lady. She loves bags like I love shoes. We found the perfect store for her. The views are wonderful from the WorldMark Timeshare Condos. I highly recommend staying there. Leavenworth is about 5 hours from Portland, unless you stop a lot on the pretty scenic route like we did.
There are even a couple goats that live by the village. One is shy and one is not!Fun place!
I wanted to do some hiking this summer to get my strength back while spending quality time with girlfriends and seeing new places. Like Opal Creek and Oneonta Falls. I was not disappointed with either. Below is a little picture review.
The water falls at Opal Creek are little, but that is not why it’s famous. The 7 miles trek along the creek is complete with an old mining town, spectacular 700-year old red cedar trees, and a wonderful creek. The water is clear as bottled water. I was not disappointed with this easy 7 mile round trip trek with Eve, her mom, and my God-son, Daniel, AKA Eve’s son.
There are a few caves along the way and old mining cars.
About 2 months ago, I rearranged my bedroom and took a desk out, to make it more spacious and pretty. It lasted less than a week. In the evening of about day 6, I set up my card table and ordered photos. I hadn’t cropped or printed pictures in almost 5 years. So each evening when I sat down around 8 PM to watch TV, I would crop several pages. Over the 4th of July weekend, I was home alone dog sitting, so I watched tons of movies and completed several albums. It was actually pretty great. And now, 7 albums later, I’m finally caught up and done with my photo cropping project.
I even completed a couple of fun Disney albums.
So the card table is down, I have my bedroom back, and have reached a surprising conclusion…
I may never crop again.
Not because I got burnt out, but because of the cost. Holy cow, I spent a fortunate developing hundreds of pictures, buying lovely paper and embellishments, and photo albums. Even with 50% off Michaels coupons, it was a big expense. The $20 photo books from Costco would have been way cheaper! The only question is whether they would be as pretty. Or as fun. I’ve not done one before, so I’ll give it a try next time. Although that might not be for years.