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Happy New Year, everybody!!!

What I did on my Christmas vacation:

Drove up I-5 to Salem, OR. Saw Mt. Shasta for the first time. Played peek-a-boo with it, as related in rootbeer1's latest LJ entry.


Where's Mt. Shasta? Peek-a-boo!!!


Celebrated Xmas with Steve's sister Leslie and her husband John, and their two feisty Chihuahuas Sydney and Leo. Got lots of lovely presents. Ate lots of lovely carbohydrates.

Had lunch with two nice guys in Salem, Jim and Jerry (campn). Got rather tipsy on Bloody Marys. They gave us a lovely Xmas bear.

Drove up to Portland, OR. Saw Mt. Hood for the first time. Played peek-a-boo again.

Stayed in our friend Rod's fantastic ultra-hip loft in the Pearl District. I've fallen a little bit in love with Portland. Hung out with Rod, his trusty Golden Lab Bruno, TJ (tjnorris), Gary, Brian (wookiecub).

Shopped, walked, sightsaw, ate at Queen of Sheba (Ethiopian), Oba (tapas), Bijou Cafe (upscale diner), Montage (Cajun). All restaurants were extremely great.

Drove to Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast and stayed in a beach condo. Watched The Day After Tomorrow and Master and Commander while the rain and surf pounded away outside. Curled up with a fire, numerous martinis, and rootbeer1.

Back to Salem for one more day with Leslie and John. Slept through the New Year. Traditional Hoppin' John for brunch, then back home down the coast (to avoid the snow in the passes) via US 101. Hit a little snow anyway. Stayed over in Eureka.

Great to get away, great to spend Xmas with family, great to see new friends and new cities, great to play peek-a-boo with scenic landmarks, great to be home.

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travelingcub
Jan. 3rd, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh that is so beautiful!!
fuzzygruf
Jan. 3rd, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
That mountain looks just like a big nipple!

Great! Good job, Jack!
orange_groves
Jan. 3rd, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
I've had a love affair with Portland since 1984.

Next time you have to go to the Red Star.
redbackfur
Jan. 3rd, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Did you think of Eric Estrada on the shopping channel as you packed Lake Shastina?
beastbriskett
Jan. 4th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
skullbunny and I checked out Lake Shastina several years ago. We saw a lot of nice cabins, some tempting building lots dotted with oaks and boulders, but nary a peek of Eric Estrada.
furfairy
Jan. 3rd, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you guys got to go north. Any bigfoot sightings?
bear_with_me
Jan. 4th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
Too bad a perfect trip was marred by viewing "The Day After Tomorrow", or as mamoosh and I named it Hookers and Blow. The new title explains where the money for the
scriptwriters was really used.
campn
Jan. 4th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
It was sure a pleasure meeting you two!:)

Hope you like yer bear... we LOVE the cookbook! Yeah!:)
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