Organ Pipe National Park

Organ Pipe National Park

About Me

I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Birthday Boy, June 10

Happy Birthday to Joel!

First thing in the morning we were off to Joel's favorite breakfast place: Tom's Pancake House, in Beaverton.  Its an old established breakfast and lunch establishment that has been around for years. Joel used to live in the Portland area and says the same waitresses work  at Tom's.

Joel's son Bradley hadn't called to let us know what time to meet him for birthday celebrations, so we spent some time exploring the area and tracking Bradley down as well as picking up Jennie.  On the way we stopped at the Willamette Falls.  The buildings across the river used to be mills.  The falls were much larger at one time but the river was dammed up/rerouted for the mills.

We met Bradley and his partner Iris for dinner and birthday celebrations and then called it a day.

 Iris and Bradley :
The Birthday Boy and Jennie:

 Monday we left Portland for the Champoeg State Park, a beautiful state park located west of Portland.  We were lucky to find one of the few vacant spaces.  It's a very popular park and reservations are suggested.  Most State Parks usually set a few sites aside a few nonreservable spaces, but I guess this one doesn't follow that procedure.  There are some beautiful bicycle paths and an old historical area to explore. Tuesday morning it was poring down rain and decided rather than hassle  with securing a site for another night  and  return to Leaburg.  Next time we will make reservations.

We are now back in Leaburg.  The rear end of the Big House is still torn apart.

 Joel has removed the radiator and intercooler and had them cleaned and is working on repairing some old water damage in that area on the sub floor.  It is turning out to be quit a project.  While fixing one problems he seems to find other things that need fixing.  Guess that is why I call him "The Fix It Man". At least the Born Free is up and running and we found out that the two of us can survive a week in it and still be talking. :)

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