Scott picked these blackberries this morning while fishing for steelhead salmon in a river 40 minutes from where we are staying. They were still warm from the morning sun and incredibly sweet and juicy.

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Trip Report #6 – Lincoln City, OR (or you gotta love those monkeys!)

In leaving the serenity of the Sea Perch and slow-down pace of Yachats, we questioned our sanity. But this first leg of our trip was somewhat on a schedule, and family members in the Seattle area were looking forward to our arrival. To keep the drive pleasant and the miles to Seattle manageable, we decided we’d spend a few nights in Lincoln City, midway up the Oregon coast.

It’s interesting how the coast can change within less than a hundred miles. In Yachats we had looked forward each day to exploring the tide pools nested among rocky and barnacle-crusted mounds. Here, the terrain was vastly different, the beach stretching out in one continuous strip of sand. The expanse made for some good beach walking and people-watching, too.

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Signs – provided by guest blogger Scott (aka my better half and Airstream companion)

Being a guest blogger on is a serious gig and I only hope that my editor/publisher (that would be Janie) finds some value in my contributions. That said, however, I don’t intend to be a blog hack and write about whatever subject my editor feels appropriate. Therefore, my first offering will not be, as Janie mentioned in a recent post, about our outing to the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Ore., but rather about signs.

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Trip report #5 – Yachats, OR

Greetings, friends, from Yachats! As I write this, I am watching the Dbacks game via one of our new Airstream enhancements – our roof-mounted Direct TV HD satellite dish. LOVE IT! We’ve had cable TV capability for a while now, but I couldn’t stand leaving the Valley of the Sun not knowing how my baseball team was faring. Thanks to the dish and Fox Sports Arizona, I am all set. (Now those boys of summer better get their game on – still trailing by 4.5 games but looking up.)

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Trip report #4 – Eugene, OR (or now THIS is vacation)

On our second day out – that would be the arduous drive through the Mojave Desert from Barstow to Mammoth Lakes, CA – I asked Scott if we could stop upon finding some kind of Dairy Queen-like establishment. He looked at me with a totally deadpan face and said, “Janie, this is not vacation; this is real life.”

I think what he meant to say is “You can’t have ice cream sundaes every day we’re out on the road,” but all I could do is laugh. Seriously, Scott? Except for the inferno temperatures, I was thinking “vacation” and “real life” were pretty much the same. I mean, really … this sure beats any staff meeting I’ve ever been in, you know?

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