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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CAMEOANDLACE 11/25/2012 2:19PM

    Celia it looks like you really enjoyed this trip. I'm sure I would choose Oregon over DC as well. I like the big cities in small doses. It sounds like the perfect match for you and your love of walking!

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UUCEEJAY 11/18/2012 5:26AM

    Vancouver is one of my favorite spots! What a great place to hike and to retire. emoticon

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CARRAND 11/10/2012 6:59PM

    Sounds like a lovely area! You'll be retired before you know it.

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/10/2012 12:51PM

    It sounds like a lovely time Celia! Glad you're enjoying yourselves.

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POINDEXTRA 11/10/2012 12:17PM

    DH and love the Pacific NW as well, and would also like to retire out there. Glad you're enjoying your trip.

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KANOE10 11/10/2012 9:58AM

    I love both Portland and Seattle. The Northwest is a great place to live. Enjoy your trip.

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HELEN_BRU 11/10/2012 9:18AM

    Sounds like a fun trip! I know what you mean about those paper mills. . .yuck!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/10/2012 8:42AM

    Wait! What?! You're here?! Is there a chance I could meet you somewhere? If you're too crunched for time, no worries, but if there's a chance, I'll take it!

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GINGERHAWK 11/10/2012 8:18AM

  Glad you're enjoying your trip. For my husband's 40th birthday we spent a little over a week traveling around Oregon and really loved it. The mountains and the coast were both spectacular!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/10/2012 8:10AM

    It sounds wonderful!! Hope you find the perfect "settling" place!

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SOXYINMO 11/10/2012 7:30AM

    Ooooooooooooooooh, sounds lovely!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/10/2012 7:18AM

    Sounds just lovely! That 'R' word will be here before you know it.

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SOPHIEDO13 11/10/2012 12:36AM

    I'm glad you are having a wonderful time !! Wish I was there LOL. The walks sound wonderful, weather must be nice. Glad you're Sparking while visiting Washington State. emoticon

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