A Spectacular Fall Day

We have had an amazing start to the fall season. All this week the weather has been amazing - warm, sunny and not a hint of the normal rain we get this time of year. As I was on my own on Sunday, with Justine in Australia, I decided to go for a walk along the sea wall and take some pictures.

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A Quick Update and some Vancouver Pics

A quick post with some pictures I took before we left on vacation. Every year, Vancouver has a 3-day Celebration of Light fireworks show. Most years, there are some added features, and this year there was an aerial display. I got a few pics from the roof of our place as they went by.

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Our Last Day in Hood River - Road Riding the Fruit Loop and Some Breweries

Wednesday was our last full day in Hood River, as we had decided to make the drive home on Thursday. We wanted to get one more road ride in, and decided on our other usual route, the "Fruit Loop" We followed up our ride with some great food and relaxing in a few of the breweries down near the water in Hood River.

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Portland - Markets and the Whitecaps Game

The main reason we had come to Portland (besides the fact that we really like it there) was to attend the Whitecaps game against the Portland Timbers. This will have been 3 out of 4 years for me (we missed last year), and it’s always a good time. The game was a later start (8:00), so we had the whole day to explore. It ended up being a markets day, which was a lot of fun.

 

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Our Annual Washington/Oregon Road Trip - Pearl Jam

Pretty much every year since we’ve been together, Justine and I have done a road trip down to Washington State and Oregon. This year was no different, except that we managed to arrange the trip around a couple of major events - Pearl Jam playing a live show at home at Safeco Field, and the Whitecaps playing their annual away game in Portland. So we decided to take those two events and add a stop in Hood River for a few days of camping and road riding.

 

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Ketchikan, Alaska

Today was our last port day, as we were headed down to Ketchikan for our last stop before heading back to Vancouver. We didn’t have any formal shore excursions planned, but instead decided to wander and see what we found. En route, we had a chance to see a fair bit of wildlife, and we were “chosen” to be part of a tour of the bridge of the ship. Once in Ketchikan, we did the walking tour and saw lots of very cool totem poles, as well as explored Creek Street and some of the historic areas of the town.

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Juneau Alaska - Whale Watching and Hiking

Our second port stop was in the capital city of Alaska, Juneau! We ended up really liking Juneau. We had a full day to explore, from first thing in the morning to a n evening departure, and we made the most of our time. We explored the town for a bit; booked a whale watching trip that fully lived up to expectations; explored some more; took the gondola to the top of the local mountain and did some hiking, and even managed to relax and have a beer on a patio. It was a full, fun day!

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