Travel, Food, and Slices of Life

The Road Taken…..


It was a good day to explore. I dropped Graham at a professional conference in Vancouver, Washington, a suburb of Portland just north of the Columbia River. Instead of returning the tried and true way down I-5 and then Oregon Route 99 to McMinnville, I perused the map and went astray.

The next river crossing to the west required me to drive about 30 more miles on I-5. Then on U.S. 30 that follows the Columbia to the coast,DSCF5538 but I then headed south on Oregon Route 47. It wiggled and waggled through part of the Coastal Range, complete with “Snow Area” signs. I thought how my back road driving to farms throughout West Virginia and in Ohio and Kentucky helped me become comfortable with curving mountain roads.  DSCF5546The mountains were covered in evergreens and then I came across a clear cut which made me sad until I recognized that all the trees were young. DSCF5540

Out of the hills I started seeing more farmland, and the further south I drove I noticed more and more land was planted in grapes. There is more to explore…so much more to explore.DSCF5549


Author: GoingPlaces Can-Do Zero Waste

I moved to McMinnville a few years ago and was impressed with its friendliness and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. I write several blogs. GoingPlacesLivingLife is my personal blog related to travel, food and just general thoughts. Can-Do Real Food tells about my business processing local produce from small farms and preserving it by canning and dehydrating. The concept of Zero Waste appeals to me because we can truly reduce what gets tossed into the landfill with very small changes in our lifestyle. Join us.

8 thoughts on “The Road Taken…..

  1. Oregon is far more fun than anyone can imagine. So much to explore. The only problem is choosing a direction to head out in.

  2. I enjoy hearing about your ‘wiggling and waggling’.

  3. Oregon is so beautiful, everywhere you go! Between what you and Gunta post, I’ll see more of it than my schedule allows!

  4. I am happy that you get a whole new world to explore. Thanks for sharing it!

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