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2 PROBLEMS WITH THIRD PARTY HOTEL BOOKING

    Hotel booking in Los Angeles is easy. Fly in for sun and fun, then…   What’s not to love about an LA trip. You’ve got the weather, the beaches, the beach town. Don’t forget the palm trees. Palm tree lined streets just scream LA in a a touristy way. For the locals it’s […]

LONESOME VALLEY? WALK IT BY MYSELF? WHAAAT?

  The Carter Family has a map of the lonesome valley. Everybody knows the way on the lonesome valley. Your mother’s gonna walk it. Your daddy’s gonna walk it. Those sinners got to walk it. And they all walk it alone. That’s what the Carter Family says. Everybody’s got to walk this lonesome valley We’ve […]

KITCHEN TABLE BEER TRAVEL: OREGON TO GERMANY

  Beer travel starts at John’s Market in Multnomah. Culturally aware types emphasize art and architecture for reasons to travel. They love the history, the land, the people. And they can’t stop talking about all the new stuff they learn. If it’s someone you know, you listen like you’re not hearing an endless variation of […]

THOMAS WOLFE PACK ON THE PORCH

If you don’t live in a state with a celebrated novelist, go to North Carolina and Thomas Wolfe. This is dark suited Thomas Wolfe, author of Look Homeward Angel, not white suited Tom Wolfe, author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Same neighborhood, North Carolina and Virginia, but different eras. That Thomas Wolfe was such […]

FARMERS FISHERS BAKERS, MARY SCHMITT

BoomerPDX spotlight: Georgetown’s Farmers Fishers Bakers. What happens when you’re late for breakfast and the place you want is shifting to lunch? When the place is Georgetown’s Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Pastry Chef Mary Schmitt asks you to come back in an hour, you come back in an hour. Most of the time you find […]

OREGON LOVE IN THE DISTRICT

Reluctant traveler finds Oregon love on the road. The best part of traveling to the other side of North America is answering the question, “Where are you from.” The easy answer is, “Oregon.” The one that gets across is, “Portland, Oregon.” Saying anything else needs explaining, like Tigard, but since I get mail marked Portland, […]

PORTLAND OF THE SOUTH, PT 1

From Portland to the Portland of the South starting in Knoxville. The true Portland of the South,¬†according to local legend, is Asheville, North Carolina. After the cluster flop in the United terminal in Denver, going back to Portland would have been a good move, but intrepid travelers push on. Asheville is two hours away, which […]

TRAVEL BUG KEEPS BITING FACEBOOK

Travel Idea Look around your place and imagine the changes you’d make, then find a place that’s already made the changes. It’s like buying a new guitar. Play the expensive ones, find the right sound, adjust your wallet accordingly. Go to the place with the changes you want to see. How were they done and […]

CALLE 16 MURAL PROJECT AND BARRIO CAFE PHOENIX

Art, Food, Desert. Barrio Cafe To The Rescue. After rice and beans, chips and dips, what’s next in Mexican food? The Barrio Cafe. With a fusion of French influence, Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza writes a new book every night. The chapter I read came with the crew from 431 Stapley. It started in Mesa. “Did […]

BOOMER IN AWESOMEVILLE

Ode to a departed man of the world, a Boomer in Awesomeville.   Some people you save for the long haul, guys you know will be around, you’ll catch up with them later with they pass through town.   They never change, you can count on that, from their Romeo slippers to their old ball […]