August 2013 - Posts

I just received some restaurant recommendations from our Nephew who lives in Newport, OR:

A few of his favorites:

Depoe Bay -

1)Tidal Raves

2) Sea Hag (Sea Hag has the best Crab Louis on the coast)

Gleneden Beach -

1)  Side Door Cafe for lunch & dinner(dinner by reservation only)  (Click on Page 2 [right column], scroll down to bottom & click on  "Next Page"    to see Dinner Menu, and "Next" again to see Lunch Menu and "Next" twice more to see all the additional info)  

***Sorry about this, apparently it's lunch + dinner, not breakfast + lunch!***

2)  Salishan Lodge Restaurant - very nice per nephew, but mixed reviews on  

      website:  (as website does not have menu or prices, look to tripadvisor for menu options with sample prices)

Newport - (nephew highly recommend):

1) Saffron Salmon  (No website, check for menu and reviews)

2) Local Oceans  

3)The Starfish Grill (at Best Western)  (No website, check for menu and reviews)


Hope this helps people thinking about food decisions.

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In late July 2013, after several delays we were finally able to get away for a short vacation trip.  The following pictures were taken along the way.  I will label the pictures and explain where they are and note anything I think might be of interest.

As I said before, this trip has been delayed several times, and again almost didn't happen.  Our dear puppy is 13+ years old and we just found out the day before we were leaving that she has congestive heart-failure.  She was put on a diuretic to help remove the fluid from her lungs and heart.  Which all sounds great, but all of a sudden we have a dog who has to pee all the time and we are on the road traveling...not our brightest move.  But, we really needed this trip!!!  So, it took us ***forever*** to get from north central Washington State to northern Oregon.  This first picture is at a "dog potty stop" at Portland Women's Forum rest area at Corbett, OR...looking east up the Columbia river just before sunset.  It's a little hazy, but this is always an impressive view (Vista House at Crown Point is the structure you see):

The next day, we left the Portland, OR area driving over the Cascade Mountains via The Cascade Skyline Road and McKenzie Pass.  

This pass is only open in the summer, is really crooked and not suitable for RV's or trailers...but the scenery is spectacular.

Our first (non dog-potty) stop was at Sahale Falls on the McKenzie River.  Being both Oregon natives, DH & I were surprised to find this gem!  This series of 3 waterfalls is right off the highway, very accessible, and beautiful.  The weather was very warm (even at that elevation) so the cooler temps around the waterfalls were much appreciation.  

This is the upper waterfalls:

Then there is what is called a second falls, but I would consider it more of a cascading series of little falls:

Oops, I guess this was bigger than I thought!

And then this to follow it up:

And then a pretty little section:

And finally, and second major waterfall:


Another place we stopped for a short walk had some beautiful, huge old-growth tree.  It was really a joy for us as you do not see trees this size often anymore.

DH volunteered to stand in front of this one so you cold get an idea of the size:

Here is a glimpse of Mt. Jefferson (one volcano)  from Cascade Skyline Road:


And now we are in the McKenzie Lava Flow area:

It takes a very long time for vegetation to start growing in all that lava.  (It's not the same as the pumice dust that was left everywhere by Mt. St.Helens.)

This is Belknap Crater.  Note the cinder cone to the right...with the reddish rock.  You might notice that there are a fair amount of trees that have grown on the side of Belknap Crater; however, a forest fire went through this area and destroyed most of them.  It will probably take a hundred years or so before the remaining trees will be able to re-seed this area.  

This next picture is of the North Sister (volcano) and the Middle Sister (volcano).  (The South Sister is just barely visible between the two.)  The dead tree snags here are probably trees that just could not survive the extremes of very cold winters and very hot and dry summers in these lava bed areas.  There has been a lot of beetle kill of evergreen trees in the northwest in recent years, but I doubt that it caused these.

Isn't this a beautiful old snag? (Look at the texture from all those years of wind, ice, and rain. And the birds...)

And this is Mt. Washington (another volcano):

Here's a better picture of Mt. Jefferson (from the east side):

Here is a picture of an interpretive sign about the volcanoes visible from the Dee Wright Observatory:

(I hope you can read this if you detail in!)

This is a picture of all three Sisters:  (South (L), Middle and North (R)...from just south of Sisters, Oregon:

On our way North toward home in Washington, we took the scenic tour through the backroads of central Oregon's high country.  Shaniko is about the closest you will ever come to a ghost-town in Oregon:

How about a "paddy wagon"?

And the "Fire Station, Art Gallery, Gift Shop" All-in-One:

And don't forget the necessities:

And finally, here is a picture of me and Tasha (our 13+ fur-baby):






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Welcome Back!  This is not truly the second day I was at Sisters, OR, but the first post was getting just too long and I needed to do a few things and it was time for a break.  

So, now we are going to start with what I think were my favorite quilts of the entire show.  These quilts were all "white on white", all pieced by one lady, all made from linens from family members - including vintage linens, wedding dresses, hankies, tuxedo shirts, dress shirts, blouses, table cloths and napkins, everything remotely white that she could find and fit in.  Not all the fabrics are totally white as you will see.  Some have a yellowish cast and some have a pinkish cast.  All of these quilts were made for family wedding gifts.  There were at least eight of these quilts!

They are truly amazing!  (I apologize in advance for some of the pictures.  They were hanging from a balcony railing in a clock shop and it was hard to get a good angle for some of the photos.  I did the best I could.    First, here is the "special" sign they Quilt Show posted about these extraordinary quilts:


 Take a look:

Here is a photo of one of the quilt-tags:

And some detail shots of the fmq:

The tags alone (on these quilts) were fascinating as they gave such vivid descriptions of how the fabrics were gathered, the inspiration, and how the piecing and fmq designs were chosen.

As I said, there were a LOT of these quilts!  The highest #  tag I have a picture of says 7th and final in the series for the grands.  But, I would almost swear there were more than seven quilts hanging in this display!  They were all so beautiful.


And so, on to some color... Isn't this a sweet little quilt!



Sorry about that...I thought I had more pictures and I did!  They were still in my camera...LOL!


Well, that was it for my visit to the 2013 Sisters "Indoor" Quilt Show!  Hope you enjoyed the pictures!



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Every year Sisters, Oregon hosts the wonderful Sisters OUTDOOR Quilt Show the 2nd weekend of July...but many do not know that hundreds of quilts continue to be displayed in the shops around Sisters and Bend, OR for the entire month of July.  Even though I wasn't able to make it to the "Outdoor" (official) Quilt Show, I did manage to get to Sisters later in the month and see many of the quilts displayed "indoors".  The weather was Hot, Hot, Hot...around 95 degrees every day.  So, most of my browsing (and picture taking) was done between 10 am and noon and then it was off to cooler locations.

So, here are some pictures for your enjoyment...of my favorites.  The ones I considered "special" have notes and/or detail pictures.  ENJOY!

This first group of quilts was in the quilt shop.  Forgive me, but my eye was first drawn to these 3-dimensional landscape quilts.  (It might be hard to see in the pictures, but they literally had three quilt pieces: fore-ground, mid-ground, and back-ground.)


The theme of this year's quilt show was rivers and fishing so...


Other beautiful quilts on display in the quilt store:

And the next three are for Gini and all the applique lovers here:




These two quilts were hung out-side the quilt store and taken in each night:


All the remaining pictures of quilts were taken in various shops/stores around the town of Sisters, OR:


This is an antique quilt that was for sale...the second picture shows the label with its story.


This is a wall of the public restroom building in Sisters with pictures of quilts.  Looking one way:

And the other way:

This was really cute...displayed in the local shoe store:


The next two photos are of this charming little quilt:

This next quilt was just stunning on several levels!  I really like the use of black and white with colors (note the meandering band of color in the outside border) and the very unique label.

Doesn't this label just give you ideas!  I really liked how she did the bias binding around the edges.


And another outstanding quilt that was one of my favorites!  Black, white, and Red...Itty, Bitty Log Cabin blocks!  Reminds me of Judy E from Enumclaw's work, but I checked and it wasn't hers!!!

You are not suppose to touch the quilts, but I did stick my finger in front of the quilt so you could see just how tiny these little rows are.

This is getting pretty long so I am going to split up the post into two sections, so be sure and check back for Day 2!










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