Thursday, June 27, 2013

A bit of sightseeing in Portland

Cedar Creek Hatchery
Hebo, OR

Portland is only about 1.5 hours away from Hebo.
It's a scenic drive to get there as well.

Today we had a special reason to head that way.
I have been corresponding with Betty Graffis since we arrived in Hebo.
She used to live here, and knows exactly where we are staying at the hatchery!
George and I decided to meet Betty, and her husband Joe, for lunch.
They directed us to a local place called Tebo's.

They go there quite often, and even know the owner Craig..
who told us the story of the place :-)

He was kind enough to take a picture of the 4 of us!

Betty was kind enough to print out a list of Portland attractions.
They are terrific people!
Armed with the list, we hugged them both, and took off north to the city.

We knew we wouldn't have enough time in one afternoon to see everything we wanted.
We chose first to go to the Portland Rose Garden.

I took so many pictures of the beautiful flowers, I can't put them all here.
Here are a few of the prettiest ones..

Mr Gnome decided he wanted his picture taken with the roses,
just like his cousin on the commercial :-)

 There is so much to see at the Rose Garden, but we just got a taste of it.

Speaking of taste..
we were told we just had to go to VooDoo Doughnut.
We really wanted to go to the original shop..
but the line was crazy!
So we found their second location (VooDoo Doughnut Too)

Yes, that is bacon on a Maple Bacon Bar. Yum!

There are hundreds of combinations of donuts..
we stuck to these two :-)

We can't wait to go back and explore some more of the wonderful city!


  1. Oh my gosh you really had the Maple Bacon bar??? Is it as good as they say it is? We really enjoyed our time with you and are looking forward to a Sunday Drive to Cedar Creek Fish Hatchery.

  2. I've heard Portland is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it with us today. But I can't seem to taste those donuts...

  3. Hi Laurie. I saw that you were full-timers work camping in our home state of Oregon and that piqued my interest in your blog. I think my son worked at the hatchery a couple years ago. He works for Fish and Wildlife and was part of a research study where he spent summers on the Trask River.

    Ironically, we just spent a week at Coyote Valkey RV Resort where you worked before Cedar Creek. Lovely place. We will be staying in Corvallis for about six weeks, but are planning lots of daytrips to wine country and the coast. We would love to meet you while we are here.

  4. We loved the Portland Rose Garden. Thanks for the beautiful photos. My camera battery died after my first photo;o((

  5. Apparently bacon is good with everything! :)

  6. Beautiful flower pictures.

    I'm not so sure about the bacon donut...sounds kind of disgusting, but it's probably delicious.

  7. What a wonderful day! Not sure about those donuts though!

  8. I can't imagine what that bacon donut tastes like - seems like an odd combination. Sounds like it was good though?

    Glad you are having a great time!!

  9. So glad I found your blog through Joe and Betty's Adventures. My husband, Rich, was stationed on Mt. Hebo in the early 60s. It was the reason we our purchased our MH so that we could go back. He had such wonderful memories of the place. The hill, the little lake, the surrounding towns. For years I heard about the airstrip in Pacific City, Haystack Rock, the one hundred and something curves on the hill up to the radar site, the "hill car". We finally got to go and we spent a lot of time walking around. It was sad, in a way, that it was all gone. I think he thought he'd see it as it was. I learned where the barracks were, the officers' quarters and watched as he looked out toward the Pacific to see Haystack Rock.

    I went back alone in 2010. Two of our kids flew in to meet me so they saw the place their Dad had spoken of so often. I was glad they got to see it. When they left, I went back - brought him close.

    Thanks for the memories.

  10. Now you know why Portland is called "The Rose City", and why they have the "Rose Festival". Joe and Betty are a lot of fun. We had lunch with Betty at Tebow's once while we were staying at the Clackamette Park on the river nearby. Sure glad you enjoyed your time with them, and your tour around Portland. A lot more to it than one might imagine from the television show Portlandia. Interesting son John recently took wedding photos of a couple who were married at Voodoo Donuts. An interesting and unusual venue.

  11. Glad you got to Voodoo Doughnuts, you can't leave Portland without one. I've seen people standing in the pouring rain, lined up around the block waiting to buy one.

    Who'd a thunk bacon would taste so good on a doughnut? :cD

  12. we loved our stay in Portland last year...

  13. Great to read about your visit with Betty and Joe for the second time. Wish we could have made it a 3some but we're pretty far apart. About as far apart as we could be and still be in this country. Envy you getting to see Portland. It is on my list for "one of these days". For sure David will be in the line however long for one of those bacon donuts. :-))

  14. We didn't have time to do Portland wish we had. Looks like you are having a great summer. We enjoyed Oregon soooo much we know we will have to return there and see and do more. Enjoy!