Articles by "Lisa - 6/21 - Driving Inertia"
Last look at the lighthouse.

Hiking to the Punta Gorda Lighthouse on the Lost Coast

By     |    Aug 9, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Parks     |    No Comments

Some people call this California’s Lost Coast. I prefer to think of it as the Saved Coast. Plenty of this section of California’s coast has been tied up by ranching and grazing for generations and is closed to public access, but there are also long, lonely stretches of coast in the public domain. Together, the King Range National Conservation Area and the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park cover about 50 contiguous […]

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Yum...a tasty and simple blue cheese sauce.

Camping Recipe: Blue Cheese Sauce

By     |    Aug 8, 2012
Posted in: Food     |    1 Comment

One of our favorite treats from our local Chicago corner restaurant was an appetizer of potato chips covered with blue cheese sauce and Tabasco. It was always so indulgent, and it always seemed like something we’d never be able to make at home. But in Oregon, craving something fatty to help us battle the cold dampness, we decided to give it a try on our Coleman. For those of you […]

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In Pacific City.

The Wonderful Oregon Coast

By     |    Aug 6, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Oregon     |    1 Comment

The Oregon coast is special. In 1967, Oregon passed a bill making the ENTIRE coast public land. Like any legislation, it’s complicated, but Wikipedia sums it up well: The Oregon Beach Bill allows free beach access to everyone. This Bill allows private beach landowners to retain certain beach land rights, but it removes the property tax obligation of the beach landowner. In exchange, the beach landowner grants an easement passage to pedestrians. […]

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Stealthy in Seattle.

The Stealth Night

By     |    Aug 3, 2012
Posted in: Adventure How To, Best Of, Oregon     |    No Comments

When we originally selected our trip vehicle, we were going for inconspicuousness. Just in case…just in case we got in a bind and needed to sleep on a street or at a rest area. Just in case we needed to blend in — in case we needed to go stealth. This was a worst-case scenario for me, something to be avoided at all costs — but something I had to […]

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Great for coffee, cash.

Travel Nightmares

By     |    Aug 2, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Travel     |    3 Comments

People often ask, “Has anything terrible happened to you so far?” I have to admit that no (fingers crossed), nothing really awful has happened during our journey. Sure, we have bad days, and I’ve narrowly avoided countless collisions with crazy motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, deer, and one black bear, but overall we’ve been fine…no flat tires, no robberies, no assaults, no scary interactions with people of any kind. Just a minor […]

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Mt. St. Helens, east Portland.

How Portland made me feel like an old lady.

By     |    Aug 1, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Oregon     |    6 Comments

I should have known better than to get my hopes up. I had really high hopes for Portland, but Portland didn’t return my compliments. Instead, Portland made me feel old, boring, dreadfully normal! Maybe I should thank Portland for giving me a preview of how I’ll feel everywhere in twenty or thirty years. Don’t get me wrong, Portland made me happy too. Portland made me happy at Powell’s City of […]

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Let the bankers keep your money for the day.

The Free Day

By     |    Jul 31, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Travel     |    2 Comments

It’s wonderful to have a free day – not a day off (though that’s wonderful as well), but a day where you spend no money, all day. True, no day is ever really free. We’re always “paying” a portion of our car payment, car insurance, health insurance, student loan, cell phone bills, storage bill, etc., every day. Then there’s the averaged cost of things like the National Park pass, gas, […]

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071 (Small)

Foggy Memories in Olympic National Park

By     |    Jul 27, 2012
Posted in: Parks, Washington     |    1 Comment

Olympic National Park is made up of many separate, unique areas. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss them. The park covers a large part of the Olympic Peninsula, across the Puget Sound from Seattle, plus a narrow strip of land along the Pacific Ocean. Roads enter into the main section of park, but none go through, so there’s quite a bit of driving involved. 95% of the park has […]

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The Space Needle from the ferry. No plastic bags in that water.

Seattle’s Green Coup: The Death of the Plastic Bag

By     |    Jul 26, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Washington     |    4 Comments

It’s true. As of July 1st, 2012, the plastic bag is dead…murdered by the city of Seattle, complete with full (and hilarious) obituary in the Seattle Weekly (which reminded us of our dear old Chicago Reader, except with even more advertising). Quote: “In lieu of flowers, please throw something into the ocean capable of choking a small marine animal.” Seattle isn’t the first city to ban the plastic bag. It seems like […]

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Time keeps passing.

It’s almost over!?

By     |    Jul 25, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Schedule     |    No Comments

One recent afternoon I had an awful realization. We’re almost done. We have about two weeks before we need to be in Sonoma, CA. About 20 days after that we plan to be in Milwaukee, WI. Two weeks after that we fly to London from Chicago. We’ll spend three weeks in London, then return to Chicago. True, this all works out to about two and a half more months and […]

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