Category Archives: Spend the day here

Old stuff, but new to me

There’s an extraordinary amount of cool stuff packed into the Yamhill County Historical Museum’s two buildings in Lafayette. Look at photos, furniture, clothes, tools, toys — anything you can think of that will illustrate what life was like when Lafayette … Continue reading

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That’s beautiful! What is that?

I’m coming up on a year in Oregon. It’s so cool! And I mean that literally. I love how I can bike 15 miles on a June morning and still show up at my destination looking like a human being. … Continue reading

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Coffee — an education

Put on a pot of coffee. Right now. Seriously — I’ll wait. You’ll be craving it by the time you’re done with this post. Bonus: It will be like reading in Smell-O-Vision. Got your cup of giddyup? Let’s go. I’m … Continue reading

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McMinnville’s firehouse: Part public safety, part museum

Firefighters don’t generally retrieve kittens from trees anymore. Fighting fires requires science, strength, stamina and speed. Modern firehouses are temples to efficiency and order. They are not quaint. Except maybe a little. McMinnville’s fire station on First Street is a … Continue reading

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Burgers, ice cream and monkey

Tourist trap implies something less than awesome. This is not a trap! It’s Americana. Alf’s Ice Cream and Burgers in McMinnville is a tourist draw for sure, but it delivers on its promise. Its promise is, specifically, burgers, ice cream … Continue reading

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Come sit in the kitchen for a little food and conversation

It’s been chilly lately. Oh, it’s not like it’s Canada out there, and there have been some gorgeous days for hiking and biking, but I have been feeling an inclination to stay indoors. Luckily, there’s plenty to do around here … Continue reading

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Pick up a painless history lesson at Champoeg

A history lesson doesn’t always happen in a classroom. Visit Champoeg State Park. Walk or bike the trails, maybe play a round of disc golf. Hunt for mushrooms, smell the flowers, admire the trees. It’s close to civilization — Newberg … Continue reading

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