Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Goin' On a Jetplane

"Goin' on a jetplane....weeooohee, goin' on a jetplane......"

I'm heading out for the Northwest Monday. Less than 4 hours to get there. Window seat so I can see the mountains and stuff we pass over. Meeting good friends in Portland. For 11 days. Yeow!!!

I've never been there. Always wanted to. Visiting good folks I've loved for 35 years. Get there about noon: sightseeing begins immediately.

So much to see and do. They have set up trips to cover Oregon. Three days on the beach at a time when tides are low and we can inspect the tidepools. Forests. Mountains. Seafood. Falls and rivers and falls. Their family. A visit with my best friend from second grade whom I haven't seen since we were 17. Relaxing in their hot tub in the evenings when we are tired and sore after a day of sightseeing and feasting on grilled fresh tuna right off the boat. Oh. And visiting a winery or two in the Willamette Valley.

Got a good sales price on a Nikon digital camera with a 1,000-pic memory card. Should be enough....

Purchasing a last-minute pair of dressy bermuda shorts (thought that was an oxymoron) earlier this week, my jaw dropped when the saleswoman offered me coupons good from Aug. 9-20. I refused politely, saying I would be out of town.

"We're national," she replied. "You could use them where you are going."

"Going SHOPPING?" I protested. "On VACATION?"

Well, maybe. I do intend to stimulate the souvenir Tshirt economy some.

And I definitely won't be blogging till I get back in a couple weeks.

I'm going on a jetplane. And my spirits are higher than the plane's altitude will be.


J.R.Shirley said...

Have a great time. :-) That's a beautiful area. If my baby wanted to move there, I'd be heartily in favor.

charlotte g said...

Matt's baby came FROM there. and she is excellent. Made her dad and me tuna and cheese on crackers today with a cut of fresh basil. I keep sayin', you have a bar to aim for;D

Zdogk9 said...

Short Sands Beach at Oswald West State Park. About a quarter mile hike to the beach. The rocks at the North end of the beach have all sorts of fun stuff on them. You'll be hiking through old growth spruce to get to the beach. One of my favorite places on earth. The view from Neahkahnie Mt. just to the South of the park. Cross the river to Washington, hike to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Enjoy yourself out here.

charlotte g said...

Many thanks. I think they are already on our itinerary. My arthritis will limit the hiking to no more than a mile, but these sound doable.