Last week in Portland

As badly as I dreaded being stuck here ( I really hate the city) I think I might miss it a bit! Even though we were smack dab in the middle of big city, we were able to find things that is plain old country folk could enjoy! I’m pretty easy to please as long as I’m surrounded by nature and near water! With a tad bit of blog reads ( thank you) I found a whole new world here, and I wish I had more time to explore! This last weekend we took a short little trip to the waterfalls… did I mention I love water! We settled on Latourell waterfall as Bridal falls was closed to the public due to a wedding… ironic? It was so beautiful and the perfect walk/hike for a two year old to burn some energy!! The beauty was breathtaking, and of corse as always pictures just don’t seem to do it justice!!After a wonderful morning walk and a little cool down from the misty waterfall, one of the tallest waterfalls I’ve ever seen, we took the long way home…. we love to drive and explore new little towns no one has heard of before ❤️ the drive threw the forest was definitely awesome but once we hit the top of the hill we had to stop just to take it all in… never would have guessed we were so close to such a big city, and for a minute it felt like we were the only people in the world!!

We took in the view and headed on our way ya not sure where we were going and in all honesty didn’t care! Driving down the road something caught Jim’s eye, and he immediately exited. Oh man, not again… he begged me to give him 20 mins to do some quick exploring of his own… not only was it another abandoned factory but it had a giant train tagged on it… two of his favorite things… as we got closer we saw tags that said ” crime scene, stay out or die” which of corse only made him want to enter even more…. This factory was in a small town named Troutdale… a pretty beautiful town besides this old rundown thing. I never would have guessed that the factory doubled as a druggy hotel… but 9 out of 10 times they usually do… the town was so sweet I just never saw it coming.

Unfortunately WordPress wouldn’t let me post the video ;( so I took the best screenshots I could…. he was moving fast! Next time will will take special pictures just for you guys, also if you want to see the full video, I will post it on YouTube by the end of the week!!

Yep that was bad… He did actually run into a very focused man that lived there, lucky he was busy with his recreational activities, and didn’t even turn around… I know one thing, sneaking up on an addict in the middle of the act can end dangerously… that was when he headed back to the truck. Jim is a sober addict, he has been there done that and thanks to the good Lord about he no longer does. I think that might be why he has no fear when it comes to abandoned buildings… he always says ” there ain’t no one out there worse than I was”… Men…. ahhhh.

Great day all and all and I can’t wait for some time in the water this week!!

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  1. You would feel right at home in my little village. I just came back from my morning walk, across the river, up the hills, through the pines… checking out the progress of the blackberries. Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs.

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      1. And there is our massive population of 700 people… It just doesn’t get any better. I do know the difference and have lived in NYC, near L.A. and San Francisco. It doesn’t get any better than this.

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      2. It is paradise here. I did my Master’s Degree at University of SF and spent more than a little time there. As cities go, that and Seattle would be my picks but I’m done with all that. Yes, 700. We are the largest in our commune of 13 villages. A number of villages have less than 100 people. 🙂 However, there is an abundance of vineyards, olive trees, apricots, fig trees galore, almond trees, hazelnut trees… 😉

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      3. Headed near Seattle tomorrow morning we are going to take a little quick trip over there next weekend… as far as city’s go so far that is the only one I kinda like, granite I’ve only spent one night there so far!! So you are in France? Oh how I’d love to go there some day!!!

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      4. Yes. I’ve been living in my little village on the Mediterranean for over ten years. The Pyrenees are about forty minutes from here and Spain about one hour. Paris is great when one needs a major museum fix but the small villages are the real France. One of the reasons I started my first blog was to share the beauty of it all. I do believe you would love it here… but warning, you may not want to leave. 😉

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  2. I enjoyed reading this post and looking at the photos, many which are beautiful 🙂 Thanks for giving me a follow! You def deserve one back and I’m really interested in reading about your family adventures in the future…. but just saying – gosh, I would’ve been scared to set foot in that abandoned place xD

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  3. Interesting post, thanks for the read, good luck on your adventures, I admire your bravery! Thanks for following our blog, we are in the UK at the moment but will be back on the road in October, so watch out for fresh posts!

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