Bucks vs Ducks!

Being a “Buckeye Among The Evergreens” here in the Pacific Northwest has its challenges at times especially when you love the area you live in but still support the college football team from where you came. That was my dilemma this last week when (of all the great college teams in the US) Ohio State University (Buckeyes) played against The University of Oregon (Ducks) in the National Championship Game in Arlington, TX….Bucks vs Ducks!

 

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Photos you normally don’t see of the Pacific Northwest 1.0

A collection of my photos of the Pacific Northwest…..

World's Largest Spruce!

Olympic National Park: World’s Largest Spruce! Washington

Looking straight down from the top of Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Looking straight down from the top of the second tallest water fall in America, Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Moss covered rocks bordering a trail in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

Moss covered rocks bordering a trail in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

 

Bridal Veil Falls, Columbia Gorge, Oregon.

Bridal Veil Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.

 

Horse Tail Falls, Columbia Gorge, Oregon

Horse Tail Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

 

Summer Sunset, Beaverton, Oregon

Summer Sunset, Beaverton, Oregon

 

Nike Corporate Headquarters surrounding a lake, Beaverton, Oregon.

Nike Corporate Headquarters surrounding a lake, Beaverton, Oregon.

 

One of many jogging trails at Nike Headquarters, Beaverton, Oregon.

One of many jogging trails at Nike Headquarters, Beaverton, Oregon.

 

Astoria Bridge that crosses the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria, Oregon.

Astoria Bridge that crosses the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria, Oregon.

 

Peter Iredale Shipwreck, Ft. Stevens State Park, Oregon Coast.

Peter Iredale Shipwreck, Ft. Stevens State Park, Oregon Coast.

 

Twin Rocks, near  Garibaldi, Oregon.

Twin Rocks, near Garibaldi, Oregon.

Mesa in Western Washington State!

Mesa in Western Washington State!

Dry Falls in western Washington State.

Dry Falls in Western Washington State.

 

 

 

Why I Love The Pacific Northwest!

Being a “Buckeye” as I am will always be in my heart…it never leaves me.  Ohio is my home and it always will be…however, the reasons below might help explain why I love living in the Pacific Northwest and plan to stay for a while….

People-so friendly and so many who are progressive and think like I do.

People – So friendly; many who are progressive and think like I do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenery-not many parts of the country have snow on the mountains year round and in some years, Mt. Hood can have  snow skiing the whole year!

Scenery – Not many parts of the country have snow on the mountains year round and in some years Mt. Hood can have
snow skiing the whole year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenery - The western side of the Columbia River Gorge has Crown Point and provides one of the greatest vistas anywhere in the world.

Scenery – The western side of the Columbia River Gorge has Crown Point and provides one of the greatest vistas anywhere in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Oregon/Washington coast line may not have the warmest beaches in the USA but they do have one of the most beautiful.

Scenery – The Oregon/Washington coast line may not be the warmest beaches in the USA but they do have one of the most beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities-hiking, sailing, boating, golf, biking and jogging can be done all year round.  (OK...I may be pushing it with boating and sailing...but you can.)

Activities – Hiking, sailing, boating, golf, biking and jogging can be done all year round.
(OK, I may be pushing it a little with boating and sailing, but you can.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portland-this city has just entered into Huffington Post's top 10 cities list for foodies.

Portland – This city has just entered into Huffington Post’s top 10 cities list for foodies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee-We have Stumptown Cafe...enough said.

Coffee – We have Stumptown Cafe…enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portland Rolling Car Show - For some reason, cars in the Pacific Northwest do not crush their old cars as much as the rest of the country does.  You will find cars here often that you rarely find anywhere else just driving around town...case in point 1961 Lincoln Continental 4 door convertible!

Portland Rolling Car Show – For some reason, old cars in the Pacific Northwest do not get crushed as much as they do in
rest of the country. You will find cars here that you rarely find anywhere else just driving around…case in point 1961 Lincoln Continental 4 door convertible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Football Games-Last but not least, NFL games and college football games start earlier out here because we are in the Pacific Standard Time Zone...I love the fact that the Super Bowl is completely over by 8:00pm!

Nationally Televised Football Games – Last but not least, NFL games and college football games start earlier out here because we are
in the Pacific Time Zone.  I love the fact that the Super Bowl is completely over by 8:00pm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is why I love the Pacific Northwest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rough Fall Season 2014

Every part of this great country of ours have their pluses and minuses when it comes to weather.  The Pacific Northwest is no different.  Most of the time our weather is pretty much in the comfort zone and we do not see extremes like most of the country does during the year.  However, this fall season has been different.  The photos below will show that we have had our fair share of wind and rain this fall.  First the winds then the excessive rain. Photos obtained by friends on Facebook & one photo by me. Let’s hope for a milder winter!

 

Strong winds whipping up brush against this house.

Strong winds whipping up brush against this house.

Windows broken on office buildings in downtown Portland.

Windows broken on office buildings in downtown Portland.

Local branch of a bank had their sign ripped down by the strong winds.

Local branch of a bank had their sign ripped down by the strong winds.

Trees were falling everywhere!

Trees were falling everywhere!

Roads were blocked by our tall trees all over the Portland/Vancouver area.

Roads were blocked by our tall trees all over the Portland/Vancouver area.

Kona hoping the rain would stop!

Kona hoping the rain would stop!

Flash floods in the southeastern portion  of Portland.

Flash floods in the southeastern portion of Portland.

Flash floods in the southeastern portion  of Portland.

Flash floods in the southeastern portion of Portland.

Oh my!

Oh my!

Boats replaced cars looking for people who were stranded.

Boats replaced cars looking for people who were stranded.

I wonder who the "They" were?

I wonder who the “They” were?

 

Der Rheinlander German Restaurant

This past Saturday night a group of co-workers and friends met at the Rheinlander Restaurant on the east side of Portland, Oregon.  This restaurant came about in 1963, when Chef Horst Mager (who came to the United States from Wiesbaden, Germany in 1958) purchased Maria’s Swedish Diner and introduced a number of his special German family recipes of which is still featured today. He changed the restaurant’s name in 1965, to Der Rheinlander and has remained a fixture on Portland’s NE Sandy Blvd ever since.

Now which restaurant would you go to in Portland to get that true Christmas spirit of the holidays?  The Der Rheinlander of course so 21 of us gathered in the Salzburg Room and had a wonderful German Christmas together.

Frohe Weihnachten!

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Ron's profile pix

 

Crater Lake 2010

Several years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Crater Lake during the winter.  The snow and blue skies made this special place that much more special.  I was told that Crater Lake had about 7 to 9 feet of the white stuff!  (notice the height of the snow next to the gray truck)  I hiked the snow-covered trails in snowshoes that are provided for free by the National Park Service with a very knowledgeable guide.  (Thank you fellow taxpayers.)  I felt like Donald Duck walking around in those things but if I did not have them on, I could have ended up the same way the Donner Party did in 1847!  Here are a few photos of my time there.

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Crater Lake with cone-shaped Wizard Island in the middle.

2014 Cruizin’ the Gut!

 

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Welcome to Cruzin’ the Gut!

 

Cruizin’ the Gut is a unique way to showcase classic cars we all know and love.  Instead of the well polished cars just sitting there in a field somewhere for us to gawk & think why in the world did we get rid of our old so & so cars in years past….these cars are cruising up and down Main Street in downtown Vancouver, WA!  So with this in mind, we can bring a lawn chair and plant it down anywhere along the route or have a meal with a brew in hand by visiting any restaurant along Main Street to watch these awesome cars come to us.  We can also enjoy the traditional way by looking at them close up by finding them parked along the curb or in parking lots of Dairy Queen, closed local banks or businesses along Main Street.

I have no idea where the unusual name comes from but the first event was in July of 2009.  What I love about this event is that if you have a classic car or any car you are proud of….you do not need to pay to have that privilege of showing it off.  You just simply show up and start cruising!  This event has been getting bigger & bigger with more classic cars attending and taking up a larger & larger part of Vancouver every year since.  Not bad for an car show that was started just a few years ago.  If you are interested in coming to next year’s event…you can check out their website: http://cruisinthegut.com.  I attended this event with my good friends, Dave & Heather with other great friends joining us as the night went along.  Thank you both for inviting me to one of the most fantastic classic car shows I’ve ever seen!  Here are photos from this year’s one day event that was held from 10:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday, July 19,2014.   Hope you enjoy.

 

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50’s Porsche

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1969 Dodge Charger

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T Bucket Street Rod pulling a 50’s Diner on trailer.

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1956 Buick Special

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Donald Duck!

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1959 Ford Rancho

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1960 Corvette

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Small Block V8

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Speaks for itself!

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With vinyl red interior.

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’32 Street Roadster Pickup

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Ratz Street Rod Pickup

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A little advertising doesn’t hurt.

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Whattt?!!

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Lucky Dog!

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Side vents on 1967 Mustang fastback.

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1967 Mustang fastback.

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New & Old Corvettes

 

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40’s Willy’s Coupe

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1958 Chevy Impala

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2014 Corvette Stingray coming.

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2014 Corvette Stingray going.

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30’s 5 window coupe with rumble seat.

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40’s LaSalle

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The impressive grille of a 40’s LaSalle.

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Original 60’s Mini Cooper

 

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1966 Dodge Charger in two tone paint.

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1963 Studebaker Avanti coming.

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1963 Studebaker Avanti going.

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’37 Ford Coupe Streetrod

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1964 Ford Falcon Futura

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Lowrider Streetrod

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T Bucket Streetrod

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1967 Plymouth Road Runner

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Good reflection of me!

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1964 Chevy Impala SS Convertable

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Ratz Streetrod from rear.

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Ratz Streetrod from the front.

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80’s Ferrari

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Two 1940 Ford Coupes

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1960 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible.

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1960 Ford Galaxie with a lot of chrome!

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Fins, tail light & chrome exhaust.

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1962 Chevy Impala SS two door hardtop.

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50’s GMC Pickup Truck

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VW Thing!

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VW Thing!

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Two 1961 Fords

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1957 Chevy Nomad

 

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1930’s Chevrolet Sedan with Trunk.

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1930’s Chevrolet Sedan

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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertable

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1953 Chevrolet Convertible with plastic rear window.

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1953 Chevy Dashboard with lots of chrome!

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2005 Dodge Viper Coupe

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1968 Mercury Cougar Convertible.

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30’s Streetrod with special “knotty” paint.

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Knotty Streetrod

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70’s Cadillac Coupe DeVille

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60’s Chrysler Imperial covered in twine!

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Twine Design

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Line after line of twine!

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Trunk Design

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Twine Design

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Imperial Logo

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30’s Bugatti

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Bugatti Boat Tail

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1958 Plymouth Fury Convertable

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30’s Pickup with antique motorcycle.

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Dave & Heather watching the classics roll by.

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1964 Chevy Nova SS

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1954 Chevy Woody Station Wagon

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1967 Mustang Convertible rolling by.

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Mail man showing off his vehicle!

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1966 Mercury Park Avenue with rear drop down window!

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70’s GTO!

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Early 60’s Chevy Van Pickup!

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Late 60’s Shelby Cobra 427 with side pipes.

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1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

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1960 Cadillac DeVille two door hardtop.

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1956 Ford Sunliner Convertable

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Cruzin’ the Gut.

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1956 Ford Sunliner Convertible with rear Continental Tire.

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2014 Shelby Mustang 500

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Melissa, Amanda & Heather checking out the cars.

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Ford GT

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Ford GT

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Ford GT right headlights.

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Ford GT left headlights.

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Ford GT cockpit interior.

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Taking a break with a couple of beers as the cars go by.

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1963 Thunderbird

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Heather & Dave looking out the window as cars go by.

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30’s Ford Panel Truck at traffic light.

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Mid 70’s Mid Engine Porsche.

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1957 Ford Skyliner Hardtop Convertible.

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80’s Pontiac Firebird with gold trim.

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1957 Ford Skyliner Convertible lowrider.

 

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1957 Chevy Bel Air coming.

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1857 Chevy Bel Air going by.

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60’s VW Bus

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1960 Buick two door Sedan

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1963 Chevy Corvair Convertible.

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Early 50’s Ford F100 Pickup Truck.

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1963 Ford Futura Convertible.

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Ford Street Rod

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Su & Melissa saying “I Love You!”

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I’m with good friends Su & Melissa.

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There they are folks!

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1967 Chevy Malibu SS

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Back To The Future with a DeLorean!

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Too much fun with good friends Heather & Dave.

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What the…..?

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Taking my own photo of the Bugatti.

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We are sign language interpreters Cruzin’ the Gut!