A few days wrapped into one ball of wax

Ok, I’m sure if you have read our blog much you will have heard me say that when I get behind I have a hard time getting motivated to play catch up. Well that still holds true I’m afraid LOL!!! However I will try to bundle everything we have done since our last update into one big old ball of wax. So here goes.

Let’s start with our visit from the roaming Tiffin rep that came by to look at our Aqua-Hot. I will keep it short by saying that after his visit and a phone conversation with Bob Tiffin himself we will be stopping by a Freightliner shop on Monday 7/28 in Coburg Oregon on our way back to Grants Pass.

They feel it is a connection at the top of the fuel tank and of course the tank needs to be dropped or at least lowered to get to it. So if that’s the hoop we have to jump through we will jump it and hope for the best.

We planned to leave Portland on Sunday the 27th and head straight to Grants Pass but now we need to figure out if we want to leave on Sunday and find a place close to Coburg to spend the night so we can make our 7am appointment OR stay another night here in Portland and do a 4:30am departure in order to arrive in time for our appointment. We will figure that out but I’m thinking there has to be a wide spot in the road by Coburg to spend the night and avoid an ungodly early wakeup on Monday. We will keep you posted on that adventure.

Of course the main reason we came to Portland was to visit family and friends. We have done a pretty good job of visiting family but have fallen way short on visiting many friends other than Bob and Karen who happened to be camping in the same campground while they were visiting family as well. It’s a good thing we were all in the same campground or we would have most likely missed them as well LOL!!!

The family visit has gone pretty much as planned. Diane’s Sister and nephews flew in from areas in California and Diane’s mother and brother live in Portland. The California crew stayed at John’s (Diane’s brother) so we used his place as a gathering point most of the time. Lucky guy LOL!!! It’s so sad we don’t live in a larger home LOL!!

Marian, Diane, Joe and brother John. And of course Diego (the dog)

Marian, Diane, Joe and brother John. And of course Diego (the dog)

Marian (Diane's sister), Aaron (Diane's nephew) and Diane's mom Jean

Marian (Diane’s sister), Aaron (Diane’s nephew) and Diane’s mom Jean

We had a great BBQ at Johns house.

We had a great BBQ at Johns house.

Diane spent a lot more time visiting family than I did. I popped in and out catching a little visiting time as well as a BBQ and another afternoon that included a rip roaring game of Canasta after a morning visit to the Pittock Mansion.

I would normally give some information on the Pittock Mansion in our update but I will simply share some pictures and a link in case you care to look at it. (That’s part of the poor job of playing catchup I guess). http://pittockmansion.org/

The Pittock Mansion in Portland Oregon

The Pittock Mansion in Portland Oregon

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At one time the property was up for sale for $225,000. That would have been a great price for a place to park the motorhome LOL!!!

At one time the property was up for sale for $225,000. That would have been a great price for a place to park the motorhome LOL!!!

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The shower in the master

The shower in the master

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The house was pretty cool and the grounds and views over the city were amazing. It was worth a visit.

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Diane’s sister (Marion) caught a flight back home on Monday and Diane gave Joe and Aaron (the 2 nephews) a ride to the airport on Tuesday morning to catch their flights home leaving just Diane and me here to pester her mom and brother LOL!!

Diane’s mom is pushing 90 and still lives alone and wishes to continue doing so but the entire family feels it is time for her to be pampered a bit and look into some type of care provider that might stop in a couple times a week to help with various tasks. Diane has started the ball rolling by contacting various organizations about the topic and at least broke the ice a little by bringing it up to her mom. And as expected it might be a challenge. I’m sure that’s a common battle many have gone through.

Diane and I also spent a little time visiting places like Pendleton Woolen Mills in search of items to help us obtain the cabin or lodge feel we want to have in the motorhome. And we are SLOWLY getting there.

This is actually inside the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Milwaukee Oregon. If you are a handy person you an by the fabric and make you're own stuff and save money.

This is actually inside the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Milwaukee Oregon. If you are a handy person you an by the fabric and make you’re own stuff and save money.

We are not that creative however so made a trip to Camas Washington just across the river from our campground to visit another and even larger Pendleton Woolen Mill's store.

We are not that creative however so made a trip to Camas Washington just across the river from our campground to visit another and even larger Pendleton Woolen Mill’s store.

Well there you have it. We have certainly enjoyed seeing family and friends and apologize to those we didn’t get a chance to see on this go around but we will be returning to Portland in September for at least another week before leaving the area and promise to make contact then.

This is a place we both used to eat at even before we knew each other out in Sandy Oregon. We had a nice lunch while out driving around.

This is a place we both used to eat at even before we knew each other out in Sandy Oregon. We had a nice lunch while out driving around.

I will be honest, I’m looking forward to getting the heck out of the big city LOL!!! Just way too many people and far too much traffic for this country bumpkin.

Oh,, I guess there is one more thing. I ordered the Phantom Quad-Copter so I hope to have some interesting pictures in the future. It should be fun.

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5 Responses to A few days wrapped into one ball of wax

  1. Would love to see pictures of the inside of your coach to see how you are capturing the cabin/lodge feeling. Good luck with the copter. What camera are you using with it?

    • Dave & Diane says:

      I will take a couple pictures but we are far from what we hope to achieve. We have added a lamp with a chicken base to the table over the steering wheel, a welcome sign with 3 bears by the entry, a lamp with a leather looking shade by the kitchen table and a throw for over the back of the couch we purchased from Pendleton Woolen Mills so far.
      Our plans still include replacing a area rugs with ones with a more lodge / cabin feel, buying a bedspread set with a cabin look to them, replacing some of the electrical outlet covers with some that have the feel and look we want AND maybe replacing the cabinet hardware. As well as a couple other little things. It’s a slow going for us it seems LOL!!

      • Wasn’t sure how to send you a PM, so am sending this as a reply to your most recent post. I received an email yesterday subject, “Indebtedness for driving on toll road”. I opened it and it showed it was from EZ Pass. Not sure why, but I clicked on it, and you guess it, I shouldn’t have. Here is a link to what I found on-line.

        http://www.csoonline.com/article/2453648/social-engineering/e-zpass-drivers-warned-about-phishing-scam.html

        According to the article, The emails are coming from compromised WordPress installations, and have been sent in batches since July 8. The messages use the E-ZPass brand’s colors (a bold purple that is present on all toll signs in the states were the service is used), and contain a subject related to driving on toll roads.

        Regards,

  2. Nan & John says:

    We have been thinking about redecorating the interior of our coach. Great minds. I just don’t know what theme I want to use. I am eager to visit the Pendleton stores. We missed them last fall.

  3. Richard King says:

    Dave,
    I can really relate to getting behind on postings. We don’t travel full time, but take long trips. I usually start out with good intent, then I let one day go by without a post…….. then a second! After three or four days, it starts to look like an overwhelming task! However, I like to keep it as a diary of our travels, so I finally get it done………. and realize that it doesn’t take that much effort, and even less if I had done it daily!

    I enjoy your blog, keep it up!!!

    Safe travels,
    Richard

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