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Judith Browning
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We're starting to set some dates for our October train trip, starting in Little Rock and going north then west.....I think we'll be in Portland the week of October 9th, maybe a little later...not sure yet for how long but probably a week to ten days.  Looking for things that would be within range of public transportation...some walking and maybe some biking. 

Any thoughts?
 
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John Saltveit is that direction, he might want to cross paths.
 
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Any stops along the way Judith?
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:Any stops along the way Judith?


Starting in Little Rock, straight through Chicago to Montana! and then Spokane and Portland...then Seattle....St Paul MN and Chicago on the way back to Little Rock (it's a couple hours south of us but train stations are few and far between now.

This is the first time we've gone back the same way we came...except for Spokane and Seattle it's all the same track.
We keep wanting to get to Glacier Park when it's all open but October seems to be the earliest we can get away....looks like it will be daylight for some of the ride through the park.

Have wanted to get to the Lab for years now and I think maybe we'll manage it this time

Can we meet up with you somewhere?  I don't see any train tracks in Wyoming and Colorado won't be on this trip although I love that route to the coast.

 
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farmers markets? book stores? theaters? concerts?

Looks like we'll be there the week of October 10-19 or so, staying mostly at the hostel there. 
 
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Cob Cottage is a bit farther south from Portland, but they have a rocket mass heater workshop and a cob work party around those times. Definitely need to drive from Portland though: http://www.cobcottage.com/workshops
 
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Mark Tudor wrote:Cob Cottage is a bit farther south from Portland, but they have a rocket mass heater workshop and a cob work party around those times. Definitely need to drive from Portland though: http://www.cobcottage.com/workshops


Thanks!  Do you know how far public transportation goes out into the county?  We found out years ago that we couldn't rent a car without a charge card...and that didn't seem like enough of a reason to get one so coming in on the train we're still dependent on buses, etc.
 
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Judith, we will miss each other by less than a week. I will be there from 24 Oct to 7 Nov... dang
 
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Deb Rebel wrote:Judith, we will miss each other by less than a week. I will be there from 24 Oct to 7 Nov... dang


Deb...popular spot!  We've been up and down the coast by train and in the past hitching and never stopped in Portland.  I have heard so many good things about it and I know we'll enjoy the area. 

That would have been fun to meet you...we can only take a month total give or take a few days.  I like to stay awhile in each place to get a feel for the area...pretend to 'live' there for a bit.  We pretty much live the same on the road as at home except for the expense of a hostel or airbnb when necessary...too old to sleep on a picnic table in a park anymore.....looking forward to Powell's Book store.

 
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Powells, you GOTTA do Powells. You will be broke, you will be happy. Take a big ball of string and a sandwich (not quite but...) They won't be calling it the "Black Hole of Judith" for nothing.... (you go in and you never come out again)
 
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Judith Browning wrote:
Mark Tudor wrote:Cob Cottage is a bit farther south from Portland, but they have a rocket mass heater workshop and a cob work party around those times. Definitely need to drive from Portland though: http://www.cobcottage.com/workshops


Thanks!  Do you know how far public transportation goes out into the county?  We found out years ago that we couldn't rent a car without a charge card...and that didn't seem like enough of a reason to get one so coming in on the train we're still dependent on buses, etc.


This will be my first time going there, my guess is that there isn't any public transport as it's various small towns near the coast with decently long drives between them. My own drive is almost exactly 1000 miles each way to get there, 16+ hours if I get lucky with traffic. Plan to leave at night to get past LA before morning rush hours and through San Fransisco and Sacramento before the afternoon rush hours. Then I can collapse and sleep at the other end!

I visited Pittock mansion in Portland years ago and thought it was cool, so if you are into that it's an option for sightseeing.
 
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Thanks everyone...my guy ended up having back surgery two weeks ago so our trip is postponed indefinitely.  That will teach me to try to plan something in such detail.....upside is that he will be much better able to enjoy the travel once recovered rather than before the surgery.
 
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I hope that his surgery goes smoothly and he's back to speed in no time.

I will be in Portland 24 Oct to 7 Nov and have some things planned. You're invited to join me early 1 Nov to drive out to McMinnville and see the Spruce Goose. Pack a sandwich and we'll have lunch before driving easterly again. (my plane tickets were bought in June and non-refundable)
 
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Deb Rebel wrote:I hope that his surgery goes smoothly and he's back to speed in no time.

I will be in Portland 24 Oct to 7 Nov and have some things planned. You're invited to join me early 1 Nov to drive out to McMinnville and see the Spruce Goose. Pack a sandwich and we'll have lunch before driving easterly again. (my plane tickets were bought in June and non-refundable)


Thank you...sounds wonderful and I wish we could plan on it, but his surgery was just two weeks ago, complete recovery is three months...we're looking at a year from october probably as we can't seem to get away from the gardens before then.   All going to be so worth it as he's been in a lot of pain for a while.

Someday I will start a thread in 'ergonomics' about what NOT to do to your body...just because one can lift a 100 pound log and carry it in from the woods on your shoulder does not mean it won't do you damage over the decades......sigh.
 
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Damage to body: I won't start the list. I am in the duct tape and bondo era I think.

Indeed just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD. I'm reminded of that especially when a low comes through.

I should be going to Portland again around end of Oct and early Nov in 2018 as well. Maybe we will synch up better then. Still hope that he heals up quickly and much improved.
 
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Hello Deb and Judith,
I do indeed live in the Portland metro area.  I just saw this thread so excuse my lateness in coming to the party in my hometown.  Portland is very groovy.  Sounds like Judith will be coming later and Deb next month so you can both purple moosage me if you want to see my food forest.  We have our own permaculture list here-Portland permaculture guild .  Mark Lakeman might be having some events, and there are some local places that may let you visit. Definitely go to Powell's.    There are mushroom shows and mushroom gathering in the fall.  Let me know if you re interested.
John S
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John Saltveit wrote:Hello Deb and Judith,
I do indeed live in the Portland metro area.  I just saw this thread so excuse my lateness in coming to the party in my hometown.  Portland is very groovy.  Sounds like Judith will be coming later and Deb next month so you can both purple moosage me if you want to see my food forest.  We have our own permaculture list here-Portland permaculture guild .  Mark Lakeman might be having some events, and there are some local places that may let you visit. Definitely go to Powell's.    There are mushroom shows and mushroom gathering in the fall.  Let me know if you re interested.
John S
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Hi John...thanks!  We'll look forward to seeing what's around town and definitely visiting with you and your food forest.  I've never planned something a year ahead so will wait until much closer to next october to think on dates, etc. 

see you then!
 
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GOod Judith,
Let me know.
John
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