By: Revanche

Long awaited R&R in OR

September 21, 2010

It wasn’t meant to be a vacation.  I had, somewhat reluctantly, agreed to go on this trip with PiC out of a sense that I should go with him, because he really wanted me to come along. He would have been fine with or without me, really, but it was a nice idea and so it was penned into the planner as another chore of sorts to be gotten over with. And the beginnings were not, one would say, auspicious.
Behold the paper towels that did not hold back the flood overhead five minutes into my flight after a mind-numbing two hour delay and numerous other WTHeckeries that punctuated our transit out of California

After a nice settling in, the rest of the weekend was incredible. Restful, full of good food, good sleep, nice people, exploring, and good laughs.

It’s an incredibly runner friendly town we visited, and I felt like we were in the country though we honestly weren’t.  We didn’t manage to hike because it rained most of the time, but we still managed a lovely 3 mile walk around a park and visited with the world’s wriggliest puppy, had hot chocolate and coffee at the Wandering Goat Coffee House, drinks at the local posh restaurant where they acknowledged their local foragers (apologies for the photo quality but it was just so cute):

By the by, my French 75 cocktail? Knocked me on my tail!  I’m not much of a drinker to begin with, but 1/2 way through on an empty stomach, I realized, oh, I’m going to be that girl tonight. I like to pretend that I wasn’t, but I probably was.

While this wasn’t an inexpensive trip, it wasn’t too pricey either. We ate in most meals, with the exception of one lunch and one very nice dinner for four.  PiC and I footed the bill for that dinner because we didn’t bring a hosting gift, and our host friends cooked simple but alarmingly* good food the rest of our visit.

My biggest disappointment was forgetting to take food pictures – everything was so fresh and delicious we immediately devoured it, every time.

Mini-Photo Gallery
The deer that earned me the moniker “Elmira”: Just because I dashed out the door yelling “I’m gonna pet the deer!” nearly before getting clothes on … And no, the deer didn’t wait around for me to pet them.



Gone walkies …. over a river


My first wild-blackberrying on the side of a road



Late bloomers

11 Responses to “Long awaited R&R in OR”

  1. Nicole says:

    Pretty! Man, those blackberries look like I could just reach out and eat them.

  2. I love picking blackberries–first in OR and recently in northern CA visiting relatives. Sounds like the vacation did its work.

  3. Jersey Mom says:

    I love blackberries! We use to pick wild blackberries when we lived in Washington.

  4. Serendipity says:

    Looks like you had a great time in OR. I would like to go perhaps next spring to visit my sister and see how things are up there. It looks so clean and refreshing. 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    Glad you enjoyed it my little city… 🙂 Sorry it was so rainy…

  6. Wait, where is the asterisk’s explanation? (after alarmingly)

    You know, I was also delayed for two hours last thursday at LAX on an allegiant flight! From about 2-4!

    I’m glad you had a nice vacation, even if it was a non-vacation originally. Oregon is a beautiful state!

  7. What great photos! I heard the a lot of the fruit hadn’t ripened on time…glad to hear the blackberries were there. Yum!

    Happy birthday. 🙂

  8. Revanche says:

    @Nicole: My friend was better at knowing which ones would actually be good eating so I let her doing the pre-picking picking.

    @FS, Jersey Mom: I was fascinated by it. So simple and delicious!

    @Serendipity: That’s exactly how I think of OR!

    @Anon: No apologies needed, I liked the rain! It was very peaceful and we still got a nice day of sun.

    @SP: Oh hah, forgot to add the explanation. That was: *This means culinary war has been declared. PiC won’t rest until we have equally good dishes to serve when they come visit us.

    Funny, it sounds like 2 hours is their standard delay if they have one.

    @Dogfood Provider: thank you!

    @FaM: Thanks! 🙂

  9. Money Funk says:

    How fun! I’ve never had a French 75, but it sounds wonderful. Reminds me of TGIF’s Silver Mecedes. Which is very yummy. Glad you had a wonderful time. 🙂

  10. Katie C. says:

    Ha! That cracks me up about the deer. We have lots of ’em in East Tennessee, and I’ve never had the opportunity to pet one. However, we visited Parris Island, South Carolina for my brother’s boot camp graduation, and the deer were everywhere outside the condo where we stayed. And they let you walk right up to them! My youngest brother had one eat from his hand! Ugh, I was sorry to have missed that. I want to pet a deer too.

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