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Laura Domela
Portland, OR
On the road in a 2010 27'FB Airstream International
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So, in a few weeks we will be headed to Italy. I've never been and I'm super excited! We have some good friends getting married in Florence at the end of the month (the reason for the trip). We decided to add some time onto that and now we'll have just over two weeks on our own before the start of the wedding festivities. Our first stop is Venice for two days. From Venice, we'll be riding our bikes (the new bikes, the ones that come apart and pack into roller suitcases that are checkable!) to Florence over the course... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Riveted
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I designed some new cards for us that match the look of our website better than our old mini-cards did (plus, bigger type, easier to read). What do you guys think? We meet so many interesting people when we're traveling and it's great to have cards like this with us so we can easily exchange contact information. We used moo.com and we're very happy with the quality! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Riveted
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A few days ago we went over to The Mill PDX (at 2925 NE Glisan Street in Portland) and met up with Paul Sykes (of Sykes Wood Fenders) to pick up a wooden water bottle holder for Kevin's bike. (We got mahogany ones for both bikes and they're great! Here's a photo of mine, only now I've moved it to the spot on the seatpost by the back rack.) The Mill PDX is a maker studio and co-op, and the building consists mostly of workspace with a small shop up front where the makers can show and sell their work.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Riveted
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On Saturday we decided to see if the new bikes would fit nicely in the Cirrus, so we planned a flight up to Friday Harbor for lunch and a ride. This photo on takeoff is blurry because my camera focused on a dead bug on the windshield instead of the runway, but I still kinda like it: Here are the bikes in their bags tucked nicely in the back of the plane (that's the luggage door open, on the right, but I took this photo before we took off, don't worry): The flight up to the San Juans is always... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Riveted
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Yesterday afternoon we took our bikes downtown to check out the Springwater Corridor Trail in Portland. I didn't take any photos until we were on our way back and the sun was setting...look at that sky! This is a great trail and a whole different way to see the city. We rode it out to Powell Butte (nature park) and back, 23.5 miles total. The whole first part is along the Willamette River, and then it turns inland and heads toward Mt. Hood (which we had a nice view of yesterday because the weather was fantastic). More pretty sky photos:... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Riveted
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This afternoon we took a break from work and headed south to Cottage Grove with our bikes to get in another good ride. We decided on part of the Covered Bridges Scenic Byway, starting in Cottage Grove and taking the Row River Trail out past Dorena Lake and back. ("Row" is pronounced to rhyme with "cow," supposedly after a quarrel between two neighbors along the river.) Dorena Lake: The trail in through the trees: Riding alongside the Dorena Lake on the way back: Here's our ride (32.7 miles): We started near Main Street in Cottage Grove and took the trail... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Riveted
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We headed out to grab some lunch (and check on the progress of our bike tweaks) and ended up at Super Taco over on West 11th, just down the block from Bike Friday. Yelpers said it was good. Really good. Like, "OMG I haven't found good Mexican food in Eugene since I moved here from San Diego and this makes me miss San Diego less" kind of reviews. That's a pretty good review, having had lots of great Mexican food in San Diego. We gave it a shot and tried a variety of tacos and it was solid. L to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Riveted
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We're in Eugene, just working, and waiting for a few tweaks being done on our bikes over at Bike Friday. Not too much to report. We may try to go do a ride this afternoon/evening on the Covered Bridge Scenic Byway Trail and if so, we'll take photos and post about it. It'll be way more interesting than posting about work, which is all we have to post about today. (But hey! Armitage County Park has good, fast, free Wi-Fi! Woohoo!) Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Riveted
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We got up earlyish this morning and decided to head over to the Morning Glory Restaurant for breakfast. The place has great reviews on Yelp and it did not disappoint. Breakfast was great, and just the fuel we needed for another bike ride. Today we drove up to Central Point (just North of Medford) and rode the other part of the Bear Creek Greenway trail that we didn't cover yesterday (to South Medford and back, about 15 miles round trip). This part of the trail is not quite as nice as yesterday's part of the trail. Some parts are pretty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Riveted
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This morning after breakfast we headed into town with a plan (and our bikes). We parked at the Market of Choice (where we planned to do grocery shopping post-ride) and hooked up with the Bear Creek Greenway Trail and rode from Ashland to the South end of Medford and back (about 29 miles). We passed through Talent, Oregon and Phoenix, Oregon, and on the way back stopped in Talent at the Avalon Bar & Grill for some lunch. Food was great! We shared an Italian panini and a chopped salad with chicken, cheddar, and bacon, with a homemade basil honey... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Riveted
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Our campsite here at Emigrant Lake: After we got settled in our campsite we decided that we wanted to go into town for dinner instead of cooking. We did a little Yelp research and decided on a spot called Amuse. Kevin was reading about the chef, telling me he had lived in Calistoga for a bit, which restaurants he worked, etc. Then: Kevin: "Hey, the pastry chef -- the chef's wife -- while they lived in Calistoga, was the pastry chef at The French Laundry." Me: "Well then I guess we're having dessert." We got an 8pm reservation and it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Riveted
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We did a long drive today (6+ hours) and arrived safely in Ashland, Oregon. We're at Emigrant Lake and it's lovely. It just started sprinkling so I think we'll head out for some groceries and a little exploring. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Riveted
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Kevin finished up at the conference and came back to the Airstream this afternoon in time for us to take a nice 17 mile bike ride. We rode to the store and got some supplies to make burgers (grass-fed beef, chorizo, lettuce for buns, tomato, gorgonzola, and some yams to make truffled yam fries). We mix a little chorizo in with the extra lean beef (and some of our spice rub) and it makes a really killer burger. Well, the one other time we did it, it made a really killer burger. I cooked them inside that time, and tonight... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Riveted
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I rode this morning into Morgan Hill via the Coyote Creek Trail (14.14 miles). We're having the gang over to the Airstream tonight again (taco night!) and I decided we needed some chips and salsa. (Meaning: an excuse to go back to the store on my bike!) It hasn't rained once today, and it's just beautiful out. But apparently, there no American Saddlebreds allowed on the bike path: Trailers on the Plains (the RV park from a distance): Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Riveted
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I stayed back at the Airstream and worked while Kevin conferenced it up yesterday and I needed a break from the dinette office, so I went for a short ride on the Coyote Creek Trail (6.5 miles). It was a stormy sky and a windy ride. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Riveted
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It rained so hard yesterday evening! We had our team (well, the part of our team that's in San Jose this week for work) over to the Airstream last night for dinner. After a while it stopped raining and the sky cleared (but just down toward the horizon) and the sunset was gorgeous. I made the zucchini noodle thing with creamy avocado sauce and chicken breast that I've now made three times in two weeks. It's still really good and I'll try to take photos next time so I can post the recipe for you! Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Riveted
Tidepooling when we were at Sea Perch last May was great, but a few weeks ago we hardly saw anything. Maybe it was a high low tide? Also Sea Lion Caves (along with the tidepooling) at Sea Perch. I bet the kids would also love the aquarium (if you stayed at Beverly Beach, but there's RV parking there if you stop on the way through). And if you're driving through Bandon anyway to get to wherever you stay, I'd highly recommend stopping at the Bandon Fish Market (there's RV parking at the end of the road into the town...it's a big dirt lot and just a short walk to the waterfront). Dangit, now I'm hungry. :) Glad I helped!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2014 on Our Office View for the Week at Riveted
Hi Sarah! Yes, we are at Coyote Valley! I'm thinking about your question. Without knowing you or more about what you want (you're right, there are so many great options on the coast!), I'll give you my picks. (1) We'd recommend Bullards Beach S.P. because it's close to Bandon and we love Bandon (best fish & chips, a good fish taco place next door, fresh seafood, shops, cute waterfront, etc.). Bullards has a great beach and old lighthouse and good trails. (2) More north is Sea Perch near Yachats and it's great because it's right on the beach if you get a waterfront spot. They're super nice there, too. Yachats is cute...good tidepooling at Strawberry Hill up the coast a bit, and just gorgeous scenery around there. Not too far is the Sealion Caves, too...which is cool, and the Heceta Head lighthouse (very scenic). (3) More North we like Nehalem Bay State Park, in Manzanita. Manzanita is a great little town, good grocery store, cute cafes, really nice beach. The beach is just over a dune or two from the campground and you can hear the ocean most of the time. Beverly Beach is good too. There's a trail to the beach, and hiking trails along the creek if I remember right. It's close to Newport (tons to do there so that's a plus). The aquarium is cool...the waterfront/fishing/marina area is nice as well...so you can't go wrong with any of these, really. Did I help or just confuse the issue?? :)
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on Our Office View for the Week at Riveted
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Turns out there's a great bike path just around the corner from the RV Park here: The Coyote Creek Trail. I just rode over to Target and back to get a few things (13.5 miles) and it was lovely. I saw probably a dozen hawks, turkey vultures, geese, many other waterfowl, and three giant wild turkeys. I figured I should take advantage of the non-rain and get a little ride in (good thing, too, because it started raining 5 minutes after I got back to the Airstream). There's an airport (runway and all) for RC planes along the path: It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Riveted
LOVE the Florida Panhandle (and all that white sand)!! Sounds like you're prepared well...have a great time! We're looking forward to getting back down there one of these days. Cheers!
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Oh we have 'em all the time...we just don't post about them because they aren't as pretty. :) (Actually, for the most part we try to stay in pretty places...the state parks are usually great. It's really only when we have to be in SF of SJ for work that the choices are pretty limited.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2014 on Our Office View for the Week at Riveted
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See? It's not all wine and bike rides around here. :) It's been worse though: Breakfast in the Candlestick Compound And OMG in looking for that blog post about the Candlestick Compound, I found this, and sat here laughing for a good 5 minutes: The Screaming Fifth Wheel Next Door I used to be meaner (and funnier). I need to step it up. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Riveted
Thanks Lori!! These were all taken with my Fuji x100s (which has a 35mm fixed lens). I'm sure you guys will LOVE the Oregon coast...every time we come back to Oregon we feel so happy that it's our home base! SO glad you like the blog!! :) L
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2014 on Southern Oregon Coast at Riveted
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Last night in Calistoga (after we got back from our lovely nighttime bike-to-the-market trip to stock up on some quality groceries) it started raining again pretty heavily. I woke up in the middle of the night because it was INSANELY loud and I opened the Accuweather app on my iPhone to see what it was doing out there, and it looked like this: Yep, I'd say that matched perfectly what it sounded like on the aluminum. This morning our campsite was basically a lake and we had a bit of a soggy departure. The drive through St. Helena, Yountville, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Riveted
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Today we rode our bikes over to Chateau Montelena. If you've seen the movie Bottleshock, or if you know about the 1976 Paris blind tasting upset (also known as the "Judgment of Paris") when a California Chardonnay won first prize over its French competitors (unthinkable!), then you'll probably have heard of this winery. The Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 or the Judgment of Paris was a wine competition organized in Paris on 24 May 1976 by Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant, in which French judges carried out two blind tasting comparisons: one of top-quality Chardonnays and another of red... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Riveted