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The "R" Word

Friday, November 09, 2012

Day two of visiting the Portland (OR)/Vancouver (WA) area, where we would like to retire. My feeling right now is this: Do I really have to go back to DC? Can't I just stay here?

Yesterday, we landed around noon and hit the ground...walking. Specifically, we walked the 10K volksmarch around Vancouver, and it was like coming home, since we walked many of the same trails over 10 years of participating in the Discovery Walks. Finishing around mid-afternoon, we were disappointed to find most of the restaurants we had hoped to visit while in Vancouver closed until dinner, so we headed to McMenamin's on the Columbia River for good beer and food. When we got back to the hotel, we walked across to the mall and tried Brewtopia. We were a little apprehensive since reviews were not good, but we lucked out getting there ahead of any crowds. The people were nice, and even though the bartender seemed a little unsure of himself, he learned quickly when we told him specifics about the beers we ordered.

Today, we explored Camas, WA, a few miles upriver from Vancouver. We had considered Camas as a potential place to settle, but the Georgia-Pacific paper mill changed our minds...yes, it smells like a paper mill. We did enjoy our hikes in Camas, though. The first was a challenging 10K walk around Round Lake, challenging due to slick rocks and rough terrain. After a filling lunch at the local restaurant, we walked an 11K trail along Lacamas Lake, nice and flat. We then headed back to the hotel for a soak in the warm jacuzzi, then cleaned up for dinner at Grant House, one of the historic houses on Officers Row near Fort Vancouver. It's one of our favorite places in Vancouver, and we make it a point to eat there each time we come.

Tomorrow we head north to the Seattle area and more good walks.
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