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Riding the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

We recently took the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach. We were surprised to learn that Kendall was welcome onboard!

The steam train runs from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach

The steam train runs from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach

There are open-air cars making for great viewing of the coastline along the way.

The view from the train

The view from the train

The train takes you right by the mouth of the Tillamook Bay and past some great rock formations where you can watch the birds.

Rock formations in the Tillamook Bay

Rock formations in the Tillamook Bay

On the train

On the train

The open-air car at the front of the train

The open-air car at the front of the train

The steam engine

The steam engine

Kendall and the conductor

Kendall and the conductor

Kendall and friends

Kendall and friends on the train

The entire trip takes two hours with a short stop in Rockaway Beach. We had a great time. If you find yourself in Garibaldi, we recommend a trip on the historic steam train.

 

 

 

Flat Kendall visits Ocean City, MD

Flat Kendall had the opportunity to go clear across the country and go on vacation in Ocean City, MD, with a friend and her two dogs, EmmaLee and Billy.

Flat Kendall hanging out on the beach

Flat Kendall hanging out on the beach

Flat Kendall found a safe place

Flat Kendall found a safe place

Flat Kendall found a safe place to hide while EmmaLee and Billy were roughhousing.

Flat Kendall at Assateague Island National Seashore

Flat Kendall at Assateague Island National Seashore

Just south of Ocean City, MD is Assateague Island National Seashore. It’s most widely known for the wild horses that reside there. My friend, the two dogs, and Flat Kendall all went down for the day.

On the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore

On the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore

That’s EmmaLee! Isn’t she a cutie? There aren’t any pictures of Billy because he kept knocking Flat Kendall over. He’s still a puppy.

On the boardwalk

On the boardwalk

After a day in the sun, it was time to hit the boardwalk. I wonder if Flat Kendall got to eat any Thrasher’s French fries.

Looks like there was a sand castle contest going on

Flat Kendall at the Plim Plaza sand sculptures

Collecting shells

Collecting shells

You can’t go to the beach and not go shell collecting. Look at all that Flat Kendall found. Thanks for taking Flat Kendall on vacation. Hope she was a good house guest.

Flat Kendall visits New Orleans

by Gretchen DeMoss

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. It’s been a busy summer. We try to pack as much in to the few short months of nice weather we have here in the Pacific Northwest, so we’ve been busy going to outdoor concerts, going to the coast, and spending as much time outdoors as we can. Of course, Kendall tags along with us whenever she can. One place Kendall can’t tag along is on my work trips. I found myself in New Orleans in the middle of July, so I took Flat Kendall along to explore the city.

It was a bit hot, to put it mildly, so we didn’t get out too much. On the one afternoon I did have free, we explored the French Quarter.

One of the typical buildings in the French Quarter

One of the typical buildings in the French Quarter

The architecture there is just beautiful. I’d love to take a walking tour some day with an expert.

The buildings hold so much history

The buildings hold so much history

We were there during the Tales of the Cocktail event. I like Pimms Cups, but we really can’t get them in the Northwest. When you ask for one, the bartender looks at you like you’re nuts. So, we headed over to the Napoleon House who has been serving up Pimms Cups for over a hundred years.

One Pimms Cup, please

One Pimms Cup, please

From there, we wandered over to Bourbon Street. There seems to be a daiquiri place on every corner.

Daiquiris on Bourbon Street

Daiquiris on Bourbon Street

I never did make it over there at night to see the nightlife, but that’s how work trips go. I did have a chance to go to dinner with a good friend’s brother and his family. They took me on a locals tour of the area and took me to my very first drive through daiquiri place. I can’t believe they actually hand you an alcoholic beverage as you drive through. They say it isn’t an open container until you put the straw through the hole in lid. Like who’s going drive all the way home before they put the straw in?? You can get up to a gallon at a time – with extra shots! We ordered the 12 oz, and the guy in the window held it up and asked, “Are you sure? It’s pretty small.” Nothing like upselling alcohol to a car full of people.

The menu at the drive-through daiquiri place

The menu at the drive-through daiquiri place

The view from my window at the hotel was pretty impressive.

The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River

It was a quick trip to New Orleans, but we had a good time.

Flat Kendall visits Palmer, Alaska

by Gretchen DeMoss

That Flat Kendall is sure getting around these days. This week she tagged along with a friend of mine who is visiting Palmer, Alaska. It looks a lot colder there than Flat Kendall’s trip to Oahu, HI last week.

It's snowing this week in Palmer

It’s snowing this week in Palmer, Alaska.

You will never, ever guess where Flat Kendall is off to next month. Just wait and see.

Flat Kendall tags along on a trip to Oahu, HI

by Gretchen DeMoss

I recently traveled to Oahu, HI on business and Flat Kendall tagged along. She had a good time checking out the beaches. Kendall’s not a big fan of hot weather, but she was a good sport about it all. Even though I was working in Honolulu, I chose to stay over in Kailua. It’s a lot quieter and less busy over there. It’s also where President Obama chooses to stay on vacation.

A beautiful park in Kailua

A beautiful park in Kailua

The view from Kailua Beach Park

The view from Kailua Beach Park

There was a big accident on H1, the highway I had to take to get to Kailua, so we took the long way around the edge of the island. I pulled off everywhere I could to take pictures.

The view from one of the pull offs on the side of the road

The view from one of the pull offs on the side of the road

Those are snorkelers you see over near the rocks. Upon closer inspection of the water, I saw two sea turtles!

Sea turtles!

Sea turtles!

Can you see the turtle?

Another beautiful view

Another beautiful view

As you can see, it was a bit rainy and cloudy while we were there. There was no lack of hot, though. I forgot that most houses don’t have air conditioning, so it took some getting used to in order to be able to sleep.

On my last day there, I found this calendar in the ABC store. Looks like Flat Kendall isn’t the only Cavalier enjoying Hawaii.

Cavalier calendar

Cavalier calendar

Flat Kendall had a great time in Oahu. I wonder where she’s off to next.

Flat Kendall visits the Florida Keys

While Flat Kendall was busy lounging on the beaches of Maui, we packed her up and took her on vacation with us to the Florida Keys. We always make sure we stop at the World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada to check out the latest in sunglasses and beach wear. There’s a restaurant there, as well as a place to wet your whistle.

Visiting the World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada

Visiting the World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada

From there we headed south to the Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon. We once rode our bikes over this bridge when we did Bubba Fest, a bike tour from Key Largo to Key West and back.

The Seven-Mile Bridge

The Seven-Mile Bridge

There’s a new (since we were last there) restaurant/tiki bar/pool bar at the north (east) end of the bridge. We stopped to have a drink and do some people watching.

You never know what kind of characters you'll find in the Florida Keys

You never know what kind of characters you’ll find in the Florida Keys

Sunning herself in the Florida Keys

Sunning herself in the Florida Keys

At a stop at the Lorelei in Islamorada we found some pretty weird boats – a pink Cadillac boat and a pirate ship. Both were available for hire.

Crazy boats by the Lorelei in Islamorada

Crazy boats by the Lorelei in Islamorada

A vacation to the Florida Keys wouldn’t be complete without lots and lots of relaxation. This is the view from the sun deck by the pool at the condo where we like to stay.

Ah! A place to relax.

Ahhh! A place to relax.

Flat Kendall went on lots of adventures while visiting the Keys. Be sure to stop back over the next few days to see what else she was up to.

Flat Kendall goes to Maui

Flat Kendall packed her bags and jetted over to Maui, HI for some beach time with a friend of mine.

Soaking up the rays in Maui, HI

Soaking up the rays in Maui, HI

Looks like she had a good time without me. Hmmm… Where is Flat Kendall off to next?

Would you like to take Flat Kendall on a vacation or an adventure with you? Leave me a comment, and I’ll email you. Flat Kendall travels light and usually behaves herself.

Flat Kendall visits San Antonio

by Gretchen DeMoss

Flat Kendall’s on the move again, and this time she’s visiting San Antonio, TX. She took some time out to sample the local fare.

Time for dinner at Mi Tierra

Time for dinner at Mi Tierra

A dog can’t resist a good pastry from the bakery.

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Hmm…what should I choose?

Sign? What sign?

Sign? What sign?

What’s a trip to San Antonio without a little sightseeing? Flat Kendall took time out of her busy schedule to visit the Alamo.

Flat Kendall visits the Alamo

Flat Kendall visits the Alamo

Flat Kendall had a good time in San Antonio. Where do you think she’s headed next?

 

She Picked Chicken Feet

by Gretchen DeMoss

We took Kendall shopping in Seaside, OR yesterday, and out of all of the treats they have at Beach Puppy, she picked chicken feet.

Chicken feet dog treats

Chicken feet dog treats

They crunch like potato chips, and she loves  them. I bought two, but she’s only had one so far.

Yummy chicken feet

Yummy chicken feet

Kendall loves shopping in Seaside. She’s welcome in the antique mall, the dog store, and the Ace Hardware. Some of our favorite restaurants are down in that area, too. We love the Firehouse Grill for breakfast and the Yummy Wine Bar & Bistro for happy hour. Of course, her favorite thing to do in Seaside is walking on the beach, although we’ve had to curtail our walks for a little bit.

A Hobbit House?

We spent the weekend at the Oregon coast. It rained pretty hard on Saturday, so we drove down the coast to do some sightseeing. We stopped in Wheeler, OR, to do some antiquing and saw this down by the water’s edge.

Do you think a Hobbit lives here?

Do you think a Hobbit lives here?

There’s even a little door built into the house.

Across the street from this little house is an antique store with the largest collection of art deco lamps I’ve ever seen. I love the colors.

Art deco lamps

Art deco lamps

We’ve driven through Wheeler numerous times but never stopped. There are some great little shops. If you find yourself driving through that part of the Oregon coast, it’s worth stopping and looking around.