May 20, 2010

Travels: Tualatin, OR to Gearhardt, OR – 127 miles (1318 total miles)
Accommodations: Wallace Family home; electric and water + home privileges

We took a short jaunt to downtown Portland’s Pearl District  in the morning where we ate breakfast at Sip & Kranz and checked out the Portland scene, which you could tell had a great creative vibe. Then, back to the RV park to pack up and head to the coast. It was a beautiful drive – lots of trees and rivers (a theme in Oregon, in no small part due to the seemingly constant rain). We noticed large patches of what looked like clear cuts – some trees were removed and some were just lying there. Come to find out that there were 120 mph winds that knocked down these patches and wiped out power and road access to the coast and in the Seaside area for 4-7 days.

We passed Seaside and quickly arrived in Gearhardt where old family friends live. Most of the Wallace family isn’t returning from a vacation until tomorrow, but we had a nice evening catching up with an old friend, Lauren, eating in a house, and taking showers. We are staying here for a few days.

During a quick tour from Lauren we ran across a small herd of healthy elk, which was fun for us, and apparently commonplace here.

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