Eugene Outing

Lori, Jeanette, Sylvia and I did a day trip down the Willamette Valley to Eugene. Our first stop was at Skinner Butte where you can get a view of the the city. From there it was just a short drive to get to 5th St. Public Market for just a quick walk through. Then it was off to do what everyone was really interested in, sampling micro brew beer. First stop was to Nankasi Brewing that we found out had closed their taproom. Fortunately Hop Valley Brewing was just a few blocks away where we were able to sample a flight of beers and get some lunch. Everyone agreed the lunch was good but the beer was not. So we were off to near by Oakshire Brewery to sample a flight of tasters that fell short of expectations. We had one more place to try at Claim 52 that was out of many of their beers so we did a short flight. Again another place not to return to. We finished our day in Eugene at a cemetery where a relative of Jeanette was buried and an appropriate place to end our visit.

Lyle Eagles, Schreiner Farm, Catherine Creek, Fish Hatchery and Backwoods Brewery

Out for a road trip to the East end of the Gorge on a day with no rain or wind just cold. We started at Balfour-Klickitat by Lyle to spot some eagles and then went further East to Schreiner Farm to see some exotic animals. Then it was time to start heading back to Portland with stop at Catherine Creek to see how the flowers were coming along and then another stop at Spring Creek Hatcher to see if the fingerlings were in the raceways and they were. We got there right at feeding time so we saw the water bubble up as the little salmon popping up for lunch. Finally we went to Backwoods for Pizza and beer.

Memorial, Molalla Parks

We wanted to do a get together after the holidays but weather and injuries prevented us from doing a walk or a hike so we did a little scouting with lunch. Lori, Jeanette and I first headed down to Wilsonville to do a quick check of Memorial Park. The Park offers some trails and could work into a longer hike with connecting over to Boones Ferry Park. Next we were close to where Jeanette planted a tree and placed a remembrance marker for her decease husband and wanted to show use where it was. The area had changed a lot so it took us a while to track down the spot. From here we are off for one of Lori’s favorites a car ferry ride across the Willamette River. This lead us to the Molalla River State Park close by the ferry landing. After a quick drive through the park and seeing it would not work out for future outings it was time for lunch at the Backstop Bar & Grill in Canby. So a day low on walking in the rain but high on poking our noises into places and having a good social time.

Pfrime Brewery tastings

Pfrime is a very popular brewery and hard to get seating. We have tried several times to go after a hike and found the line just to long. This time we went so we were the first ones in the door so we were sure to get a seat. It also turned out to be a very stormy day so sampling beer was a better choose then getting soaked on a walk. We ended up getting two flights of tasters and we found the good, the bad and the really good (a barreled age brown). By time we left there was a line waiting to get in. A fun day to have before heading into Christmas.