Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Walking in Portland

Rylie and I like to have a morning walk that lasts about an hour. That satisfies his walking and sniffing needs and sets him up for his afternoon nap, and it gets my circulation going and always makes me feel better. I had heard that there was a nice walk not far from our RV park that goes along the river, but when we went there, we discovered that no pets are allowed. From there we went to Blue Lake park, but they don't allow pets either. I'm not feeling the pet love here, I must say. Surely there is a good place for people to walk with their dogs, I just haven't had enough time to explore and discover yet. In the meantime, we will continue to do our walks along the neighboring streets, but I would prefer a prettier, less congested place to stretch our legs.

We had some rain yesterday, so I had a shorter work day. I used the time to explore a little of the area near our place and discovered some of the stores and restaurants that I like to frequent. I went to the PetsMart to get more kong treats and deposit bags for Rylie, and discovered a Quiznos and a Ross in the same shopping center. I like those chopped salads with flatbread at Quiznos -- yum! Ross has good bargains, and I love a bargain.

Rylie's Notes:

Yesterday was a good day. I got to chase a squirrel up a tree, met a new beagle, and The Staff brought home the goods: kong treats and chicken chips. Score!

Friday, July 25, 2008

VooDoo Doughnuts

Giant Donut

I had a nice visit with Julie and Bob on Monday and Tuesday. We went out for dinner and to see the movie "Dark Knight." We all thought it was good and that Heath Ledger did an excellent job as The Joker. It's a shame he isn't alive, since he probably would have gotten an award nomination for that role.

The next day Julie and I drove to Portland to walk around downtown and have lunch, but our first stop was VooDoo Doughnuts. We had read about this place in one of the guide books, and we were both curious. They have a crazy assortment of donuts -- not your usual donut shop menu. Although neither of us eats donuts very often, we each had to get a "blood-filled" voodoo doll donut, which is stuck with a pretzel instead of a pin. They had the giant donut you see above, a donut with bacon on it, donuts with cocoa puffs, or rice krispies, or chocolate chips. I don't think I would want to eat most of the donuts they offered, but it was interesting to see.

We also went to the Nob Hill area and poked around in the shops. Julie and Bob left for Mt. St. Helens the next day. They also plan to go to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, and then on to Minnesota. I was really wishing that I didn't have to work so that I could join them on some of those adventures. This working stuff is for the birds.

VooDoo Doll Donut

More Donuts

Rylie found a beaver in our RV park. We walk past a creek every day and he had been very curious about something in the brush that we heard moving around in there occasionally, but one evening we hung around a bit to watch, and eventually a beaver waddled out of the brush and into the creek. I can see that he has built a dam already. I don't think I've ever seen a beaver at work before.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff is so dense sometimes. I told her about four or five times that there was a beaver in the bushes, but did she pay attention? I bet that beaver can't wag that tail fast. It was good to see the Sibling Staff. Too bad they couldn't hang around longer.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Mt. Hood

After a quick visit in the Bay Area with Cammie, Brian and Nancy, I made my way up to Portland. It seemed that the heat wave was tailing me from the Central Coast, to the Bay Area, and even in Portland. It was in the high 90's on Sunday, my first day of work, but it has cooled down considerably now. I am enjoying being in this area, and I am having visitors already. Julie and Bob will be here Monday for a couple of days as they make their way north.

I had a few days off before my work arrived, and I enjoyed them immensely. I had a drive up the Columbia River gorge and around Mt Hood. I also went to the outdoor market that they have every weekend along the river in Portland. Not only that, but the bugs have been cleaned off the motorhome and it is bright and shiny again. I feel much better now that this has been done.

I didn't care for the first RV park that I stayed in, because it was close to a water treatment facility and was very stinky, but I'm in a better place now. There is some noise from the train tracks that are very close by, but Rylie does not seem bothered by the noise, so I guess it will be okay. I am happy to be in this area for the summer, although I'm sad that I won't be able to visit my family in Minnesota this summer.

Rylie's Notes:

Still no cow sightings. There are some ducks here, which are only mildly interesting, but I did see a rabbit the other day, so maybe there will be some entertainment here. Last night there was a cat, RIGHT UNDER OUR CAR, but The Staff would not let me flush it out. She is no fun at all.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

El Chorro Regional Park

I've been having a hard time doing my blog posts lately, have you noticed? Now that I'm working so much, it's hard to find the time and the material. I may be doing them less frequently now. I have been considering quitting the blog all together. Would anyone miss it if I did?

When I had to move from my RV park in Morro Bay, I managed to nab a space at El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo, where it is first come, first served. This was actually a pretty decent place to stay. I prefer this type of campground over the typical RV park, although the time limit was 15 days and it was a somewhat pricey daily rate. But that central coast area is pretty pricey just about anywhere.

The campsites have trees and some space between them so they feel somewhat secluded. There is a botanical garden, a couple of ball fields, two off-leash dog areas, and hiking trails. It is also right next to a golf course.

El Chorro Botanical Garden

Large Dog Off-Leash Area

I'm in Portland now, so I'll fill you in on that next.

Rylie's Notes:

Where are the cows?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Fourth of July

Me and DeAnn on July 4th

Am I tardy or what? First my slow internet connection, and then I was on the go and had no time to do a blog post. I'll fill you in on what I've been up to, a little at a time. I had a nice Independence Day celebration. I went to the block party on DeAnn's street, and it was quite the production. Her neighbor puts on this party every year, and has been doing it for the past 14 years.

They had a DJ and dancing, bouncing houses for the kids, all kinds of games, tons of good food and drinks, and a large fireworks display. I watched the fireworks from DeAnn's hot tub with a few friends.
DeAnn, Denelle and Rick

The Chicken Dance

More Chicken Dance

I felt a bit guilty going to the party and leaving Rylie alone. Usually I am at home with him at fireworks time, but I left him in the motorhome with the air conditioning and TV on, plus I gave him a Benadryl to make him sleepy. He seemed absolutely fine when I got home. I don't think there were any fireworks nearby.

Rylie's Notes:

I gave The Staff a good dose of the guilt treatment with the sad, puppy dog eyes before she left for the party. I also hid the Benadryl under my tongue and spit it into the corner after she left. Then I invited Trooper, Daisy, Sophie, and Katie over for a party. We drank beer and listened to rap music.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Our New Spot

Yesterday they kicked us out of the Bay Pines Travel Trailer Park in Morro Bay, but we managed to find a spot at a campground that doesn't take reservations. Every campground and RV park that takes reservations was full for the holiday this week, and one place said they had an eight page waiting list! I feel fortunate to have found a place to stay in the area, and it's actually quite nice. Rylie really likes it. More info about where we're staying later. The only drawback is that my internet connection and cell phone service are pretty poor here, so my blog posts may be limited until I can get to a better connection. Oh, and then there is the price. We're paying daily rates here.

I am scrambling to finish up my work in the next few days so that I can head north as soon as possible. I'm really looking forward to a couple of days off. It has been awhile since I've had an entire day off.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff works too much. But if that's what it takes to keep the chicken strips and kibble coming, then get to work!