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A Brief and Hectic visit Home

After spending a few days in Southern Indiana visiting with my friend Lisa and my boy Corey.....I am back at home, briefly. I will be flying out to Germany in a mere 10 days. I feel like I have a ton of things to do before I leave....

The flights that I booked at Eglin AFB, had to be changed because my sponsor didn't want to have to go to Frankfurt to pick me up. I will now be flying into BWI then transferring to a Military Troop Rotator flight for the remainder of my trip to Ramstein AFB. It will certainly be an experience that few, other than military personnel get.

I have decided to move my personal things out of my apartment here at home in order to save a little extra money. I am taking most of my things to Corey for him to use, and the rest will go into storage. I've been busy sorting and packing.

Aco has relaxed a little bit and seems glad to be in 'home' surroundings.

I found out two days ago that the housing that they have arranged for me in Germany is NOT pet-friendly. I have agonized over this for the past two days and have finally resigned myself to the fact that I am going to have to leave her behind temporarily. I really saddens me. I am a little angry that no one told me that it was going to be an issue to travel with a pet....

I am planning to keep her here with my Mom and fly them both out late Dec or early January. It's really been a difficult decision. So please send good karma that I will find great housing quickly so I can be re-united with my doggie-baby soon.

Off I go to continue packing, study for my German Drivers license and cuddle with my puppy!!

Posted by Khandilee 17:17 Archived in USA Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (1)

Busy in San Fran

Wow! It's been a busy time here in San Fran. My friend Aaron doesn't let any daylight slip by without something to do!

It was great to get back to the city. I've really missed it here. I passed by my old apartment on Fillmore and became a little nostalgic. It was fun trying to figure my way around again. I am leaving tomorrow and feel like I actually kinda know where I am at and where I am headed. I will certainly make San Fran a stop when I return to the states from Germany.

Aco has been pretty good. She is getting a little confused by all of the different house rules and many different doggie friends that she's encountered, but overall adjusting well. She is sleeping in a sunny spot on the carpet right now.

My hosts, Peter and Brent here in San Fran have been wonderful. I have felt completely welcome and comfortable. Brent and I took the dogs to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to walk and they had a good time. Aco was just lovin' smelling all the new smells. Brent and I also enjoyed a nice sidewalk lunch at one of the local cafe's. You just can't go wrong with food in San Francisco. It's always a pleasure no matter when or where and great company makes it even better.

Aaron drug me all over the place (and I enjoyed every minute of it). I got to go to one of my favorite restaurants here in SF for some Asian Noodles...CHOW! We caught a great show The Sun Road and Other Works: Multimedia Dance from The Trey McIntyre Project at the Jewish Center and then went for drinks after at a local place with a couple of friends of Aaron's. It was a late night and I slept like a baby!

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Aaron and I spent some time on Halloween day at the Open Studios on the south side of the city. It was a great time. I was impressed by how many artists were there. I found several pieces that I wish I could have taken home with me but alas, another day! I'm not even home enough to enjoy them anyway! We then spent a while at Cafe Flore with Aaron's friend Derek over a cold beer and watched all the costumed people walking by for Halloween. For dinner we ended up with a deep dish pizza that I think weighed about 12 lbs and some fabulous garlic bread with tons of butter and fresh roasted garlic at Little Star Pizza on Mission. I ended up vegging out for Halloween night and spent it relaxing catching up on emails and watching a couple of episodes of Flash Forward. Lame? YEah...whatever! I enjoyed it...

It's almost exhausting being on the road so much. It's been great to visit with everyone but I think I am ready for a day of nothing. Looking at my on-going travel plans, it doesn't seem that there will be much time for that.

On Sunday, Peter, Brent, Leo, Aco and I went out to Ft. Funston on the beach and I was able to let Aco off leash. She had a great time chasing the waves, playing with sticks and generally being a dog! After, I took her to the dog-wash and she now smells a bit better! Oh...and there were some huge Parrots at the park! Story told is that there is a guy that brings his dogs here as well as his parrots (3 of them) and lets the parrots fly around while he walks the dogs. I am amazed that the parrots don't fly off never to return. They were certainly tame and very pretty.

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Sunday night Peter (and sous-chef, Brent) fixed a wonderful meal of Red Wine Braised Beef, mashed potatoes and broccoli. For desert we had cooked apples over ice cream with a tasty home-made camel sauce. I have to say that it was better than most restaurant meals I've eaten. Good job guys. Over the course of several days with Peter and Brent, I think we consumed about 4-5 bottles of wine too.

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Today is my last day in SF and I will be leaving my great host's and heading over to Aarons for the final night. Tomorrow I am headed to Los Angeles (hopefully to meet with another traveler, Judy).

Posted by Khandilee 12:03 Archived in USA Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (0)

I hate it When I get Behind!

Really!! I do!! It's been too long since I last posted and I am feeling the details fading. I'm going to try to remember....

I finally arrived at Mike and Kims after the LONG trip through and around Hells Canyon. Driving into Oregon, I followed the Columbia River and through the Columbia River Valley. Wow! I wish that I had realized that this area was as beautiful as it is! There seem to be many places along the way with interesting sites and stops. I did none of them... I will someday now that I know I need too!! I had already spent too much time wandering around in Hells Canyon and it was approaching dark when I finally drove into Portland and made my way to Mike and Kims.

Again, I was blessed with wonderful hosts!! Although very busy with normal weekday activities ie; work and school, they were wonderful and I felt very at home there. We shared some great wine during my trip which I really need to remember to start writing down to remember! I can never pick a good wine and need to learn to 'steal' the names from those that know how to pick it!! ;o)

I took a day while in Portland to go exploring. I visited the Voodoo Donut shop. I've seen it featured on many a travel/food channel program and it just looked like a fun place to visit and have a taste!
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I had my taste's set on a maple and bacon (yep! BACON) donut. I ended up with an 'old dirty bastard' instead. I was told that if a person wants a 'maple and bacon' you must arrive long before I am even awake....my loss!!
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Portland is a somewhat 'gritty' city, but I really liked it. I wandered around mostly lost looking for the food carts that I was told to check out and unfortunately, never found them. Aco and I walked along the riverfront park for a bit
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then I ended my day at Elliott's bookstore,
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WOW! Loved it! I think I spent about 2 hours there and probably could have spent even more time if I hadn't been worried about Aco in the truck all alone. Bookstores are BAD for me!! I ended up purchasing some reading material for the next week or so on the road. I really didn't do too bad. It's the first real money that I've spent on the trip other than the dreaded 'feeding of the Explorer'.

I found some great Graffiti along my route:
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And saw the coolest building with artwork along the outside walls. I realized after I uploaded the photos that the artwork is actually the window blinds. There are tracks that the canvas slide along to cover the windows! How cool is that?!

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Bikes!! Lots of bikes in Portland....some normal and some quite interesting:
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Then, for you bike lovers out there....there is this....
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What is it? It's some sort of weird cover for bikes!! I guess it's to keep the bike from getting wet/dirty, pretty awesome!!

Aco was pretty docile during our day-trip through Portland. She did enjoy getting out at the riverfront and exploring. After we arrived back home (Mike and Kims) she enjoyed playing with Bently. He's a little too excited for her most of the time but I think she got used to his excitement and they played together some.

A great day exploring Portland and definitely someplace that I have hopes to return....

Posted by Khandilee 09:55 Archived in USA Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (0)

Hell's Canyon then onto Oregon

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The day was spent driving through Hells Canyon. Was it worth it?
Well....sorta. I really can't say that I would recommend that you do
as I did and re-route your entire trip just to see it. It was
actually sort-of blah. The drive up the canyon was interesting and
there were tons of trees with fall coloring...

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But...once you've seen one yellow pine tree, all the rest look the
same. I did get some great (well I think they are great) photos of
the frost in the morning...
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Most certainly, the most interesting part of the trip was meeting Dick
and Charlene.

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Yep...some ole' guy that I just happened upon while just wanting a
picture of the river. He was stoking his campfire and started up
conversation as soon as he saw me. Now, I hadn't seen any other
people so far on the drive up the canyon. For all I know this guy
could be the next chainsaw massacre'. Did that deter me? Hell NO!
He offered a warm fire, a fresh cup of coffee and some fascinating
conversation. I was told on arrival that the 'wife' was indoors and
would be out soon. I wondered if there really was a 'wife' for the
longest time until she finally made an appearance about 40 minutes
later.

What is so fascinating about an ole' guy in the canyon? Well, either
Mr. Dick is a jack-of-all-trades, a gleeman, or straight up
pathological liar. Whatever....it was a good hour and half spent
conversing, some good coffee and most importantly, a warm fire. Let's
see if I can remember everything. Dick lived in the canyon for 25
years, until they evicted him when the government took over management
of the canyon and made it into a National Park. He worked as a tour
guide in the canyon, was in the US Air Force, mined for gold, has a
degree in Hydrology, spent time in South America where he ended up in
prison for pissing off the South American President, and has hosted an
array of visitors and travelers from abroad. It was delightful
listening to him chatter about his past history (although I only
believed about a third of what he said). His wife did corroborate
most of his stories when she showed herself a little later.

So....I didn't get poisoned by the coffee, not thrown into the river
never to be seen again, and not hacked up into little tiny pieces and
fed to the bears.....A Good day! Who knew that there are good people
in the world?

The rest of the day was spent driving....and driving....and driving!

I did have perhaps the best blueberry muffin of my life in the small
town of Joseph (just outside of the park).

In Portland now with Mike and Kim. They are wonderful hosts! Kim
made me the greatest cocoon last night and I slept like a baby....or
is that a bear? Spent most of today working on paperwork for the CA
job as well as the Germany position. With the paperwork mostly in
order, I think tomorrow will be spent exploring downtown Portland.
Maybe the rain will let up for just a little while?

(check the photo gallery for more photos)

OH!! Aco was a trooper during the long day. She played with Dick and
Charlene's dog 'Blacky' and snooped in the trees during our stops.
Then slept most of the way to Mike and Kim's.

Posted by Khandilee 17:03 Archived in USA Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (2)

HalfWay Oregon

How did Halfway get its name?

Halfway!!

The town is located "halfway" between the communities of Pine and Cornucopia. As the Halfway area became more populated with an influx of miners at thriving Cornucopia and more ranching families, a new post office was established in 1887. The name "Midway" was requested, but postal officials said it was already in use and suggested "Halfway." So Halfway it remains. For a short time Halfway became the nation's first "dot.com" city and some maps still depict Halfway as "Half.com."
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What an interesting history. This is where I am sitting tonight as I write this. Halfway, OR is a small town on the way into Hells Canyon. Total population is 337 in 2008 according to the website. It was a dark drive in on Hwy 86 so I cant comment on what the scenery is like on the way here from I84. I can however say that it's a scary drive in the dark. Hairpin turns and roads that simply drop off into darkness were encountered on the drive out. The town encompasses a total of 0.4 sq miles. There are three restaurants (two of which are bars) and the entire town is closed up at 2000 excluding the two bars.

My friend, Lisa found the hotel for me online while I was driving and called to make my reservation. She was told by the owner that 'I go to bed at ten'. Mind you, this was at 1900! I stopped for a possible final feeding for the Explorer in Baker City before venturing out to find Halfway. The gas station attendant told me that SR86 '....isn't too far' when I asked how to get there. Hmmmm.... Further instructions included; 'it's all black-top' and 'careful for deer and cattle, it's open range out there'. At this point I knew that I was in for a fun drive!

I'll fill you in tomorrow on the canyon. I am soooo excited to see it......

Now, lets back up a little bit. I left the hotel this morning and made an unscheduled stop at a roadside park along the Great Salt Lake. There was a pay station at the entrance but no-one was there. The sign probably said something like 'Day Use Fee: deposit $10 entry fee into an envelope and deposit here' but who really knows what the sign said...I wasn't reading!
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We spent about a half hour playing on the beach and Aco got a good dose of dirt/sand caked in her coat. Yeah ;o( She had a blast though... She did manage to get her feet just a little wet but decided pretty quickly that it was WAY TOO COLD for her to go for full body immersion. Thankfully! I can just imagine a wet and dirty dog in the car for 8 hours...ugggghhhh. Crises adverted!
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(see gallery for additional pics)

Next stop was at Twin Falls, ID. I have been through here in the past. Actually on the way to Elko, NV about a year ago. I wanted to stop and see the falls then but didn't want to take the time. I decided that it was now or never....and I'm glad that I did. My only regret is that I didn't choose a little warmer time of the year and that I didn't plan to do some hiking and spend the night here. The falls and the surrounding area were beautiful...

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Now remember, this......
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And, just because I am a little strange....here are some pictures of the tumbleweed for you! haha

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I had a very enjoyable day and am still smiling. :o) How was your day?

(Don't forget to check out the photo gallery for additional pictures!!)

Posted by Khandilee 22:28 Archived in USA Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (2)

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